In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Peter is currently Head of Voice at Berkshire Maestros, the young musicians' trust delivering music education for 8000 young people across the county, a post he has held for four years. He has responsibility for all vocal activity and the three county choirs which have a national reputation. Previously, Peter was Head of Music at Chipping Norton Secondary School for nine years and, thanks to his hard work, the school gained status as a Performing Arts College from September 2004, putting it firmly at the centre of artistic activity in the Chipping Norton community. From 2000-2002 Peter was also part-time Advisory Teacher for Oxfordshire's vocal strategy. In January 2009 he takes up a new post with Maestros as Deputy Head of Service.
Peter studied Music at Dartington College of Arts where he was active in promoting chamber choir singing. Peter has a wide experience of school teaching at primary and secondary levels, and was one of the first Choral Animateurs to be appointed by the British Federation of Young Choirs when their outreach programme began in 1995. He is a keen and versatile choral singer, a passion that began with high-quality experiences in a chamber choir at school, and he has sung in many groups including the New London Chamber Choir, with whom he toured extensively performing professional programmes.
As a choir trainer and conductor, Peter works with all ages and abilities, but regularly with school students. He was co-founder of the highly acclaimed Oxfordshire Youth Chamber Choir, and has been musical director of adult and children's groups over many years. This broad experience of singing work and education has led to publications, and in 1999 he was consultant for the BBC's re-launch of their successful radio series Singing Together. He is the inspiration behind a series of publications with Oxford University Press called Voiceworks - a handbook for singing, which have proved to be extremely popular as a support for anyone wishing to develop singing with groups. Its wealth of eclectic material and useful support teaching notes have made it a significant contributor to the revival of singing in many counties across the UK, and its versatility has led to a total of nine Voiceworks publications. Peter has also collaborated with Bob Chilcott on a new choral series called Songstream with publishers OUP, which presents new and refreshing music from across the world to young choral singers.
Peter has conducted the Choral Society for fourteen years, and is impressed with their attitude towards trying adventurous programmes, and the enthusiasm with which everyone works together. He has loved every minute of it. Despite recently straining his hemiola through over-use, Peter manages to walk with only a slight limp.
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Review: Voiceworks is a magnificent resource for promoting good singing in pre-schools, schools, community choirs, adult choirs and everywhere that people sing. The Voiceworks books (complete with CDs) are packed with songs and ideas which are practical, motivating, and accessible. Voiceworks 2 is a complete guide and support for anyone who encourages or teaches other people to sing well. Singing is learned behaviour, and Voiceworks 2 aims to help singers of all ages and experience improve their capability, to develop some techniques, and get pleasure from using their voices. It is claimed that the better people feel about their voices, the better they feel about themselves, so this book is more influential than just a singing book. The music is eclectic, chosen for its accessibility, and can be used progressively as laid out in the book to build confidence and develop vocal technique, or as a 'dip in' resource to suit particular needs.
Songlist: Section I: Warm Ups And Rounds, Boom Chicka Boom, Eighteen Hammers Standin', Everywhere We Go, Chicka Hanka, Sarana, Sonagwaza, Banuwa, Banaha, Janie Mama, Freedom Train, Sto Me, Yenamanoa, Oliver Cromwell, The Hand Jive, Three Way Canon Blues, Jazz Gloria, Hashivenu, Alleluia, Cantate Domino, There Was a Young Woman of Ryde, She Died, She Did!, There's a Girl that I Love, Section II: Improvising and Inventing, Section III: Spirituals and Gospel Songs, Zion me wan' go Home, Trampin', Go Down Moses, I Want to be Ready, Shoeshone Love Song, Listen to the Lambs, The Battle of Jericho, One of These Fine Mornings, Wayfarin' Stranger, Green, Green, The Storm is Passing Over, Ndi Jesu Chete, Mweya M'tsvene Uyai Pano, Si' Down, Servant!, Section IV: Folksongs, Dodi Li, Hari Coo Coo, Quelle est Cette Odeur Agreble?, She Moved Through the Fair, O Hush thee My Baby, Black is the Colour, Sloop John B, El Haderech, Posakala Mila Mama, Tris Kopelles Lijerres, Section V: Medieval and Renaissance, Church Music and Modes, 3 Gregorian Chants, Hodie Christus Chants, Veni Creator Spiritus, Pange Lingua, Kyrie Eleison, Ah Robin Gentle Robin, Pastime With Good Company, Cum Decore, Fine Knacks for Ladies, Trubte v Trubu, Section VI: Living Songs, Himmelflugt, Generation Rap, Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Be Cool, Keep it Good, Streetseller, Section VII: Popular Classics, Blue Moon, Barbara Ann, Goodnight Sweetheart, Bad Moon Rising
Review: Voicelinks is an innovative teaching resource for music in early years and primary education. It embraces singing as a means of accessing all areas of the curriculum, to develop the whole child, with natural progression and links between age groups and subject matter. At the heart of the book are 24 carefully written songs covering popular school topics. Each song is tailored to Early Years (3-5), Key Stage 1: Year 1 (5-6), or Key Stage 1: Year 2 (6-7), and comes equipped with a host of activity ideas designed for classroom use. Suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike, Voicelinks guarantees successful learning outcomes across the curriculum.
Songlist: What's on my face?, Busy Day! , Clever Clogs, Easy Peasy!, Ring-a-ding dee! , Chamniamo gogo , Choose a Colour , Changing Colours, Paintbox, Feel the snowflakes , Weather-boy, weather-girl , Extreme Weather , The king is in the castle, Pirates! , The Gingerbread Man , I'm a train , Ride and Glide , Off to Town! , One candle flame , Spring, spring, spring! , Happy Birthday! , See the waving corn , Santa's Coming! , Fireworks!
Review: Voiceworks at Christmas is an inspired new collection of 30 seasonal songs from unison to 4-part harmony and beyond. It's invaluable to all choral groups and overflows with festive cheer. The songs range from plainsong to jazz carols, gospel songs and folk pieces to well-known carols in sparkling new arrangements, and brand new carols by living composers. Voiceworks at Christmas features songs and carols suitable for singing at Advent, Christmas and secular occasions during the winter. Every type of voice at all stages of development can be accommodated, and, apart from the songs that specifically demand tenor and bass voices, they can be taken by anyone who can comfortably manage the range. The music is grouped loosely in themes, and each section contains a range of challenges from simple unison or two parts to fuller choral arrangements.
Songlist: Section I: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Creator of the Stars of Night, Gaudete!, En! Natus Est Emanuel, Zion Hears the Watchmen's Voices, Section II: Sacred Harp and West Gallery, Ye Nations all, On You I Call, Radiance, While Sheperds Watched, While Sheperds Watched, Section III: New Takes on Old Carols, I Saw Three Ships, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Silent Night, Sans Day Carol, Noel Let Us Sing, Away in a Manger, Section IV: Spiritual and Gospel Connections, When the Sun's Reborn, Away in a Manger, Poor li'l Jesus, Behold that Star, Section V: Popular Connections, Mary's Lullaby, Ring Out the Bells, Mad World, Rudolf, the Red Nosed Reindeer, Section VI: Easy New Carols, Sing High, Sing Low, Kings Came Riding, Winter Solstice, Holy Child, Section VII: Living Songs, The First Christmas, Ring the Bells, Scots Nativity, Christmas Tide
Review: Voiceworks is a magnificent resource for promoting good singing in pre-schools, schools, community choirs, adult choirs and everywhere that people sing. The Voiceworks books (complete with CDs) are packed with songs and ideas which are practical, motivating, and accessible. Voiceworks is a complete guide and support for anyone who encourages or teaches other people to sing well. Confidence and ability in singing are not age-related but experience-related, and the songs in this book have been sung by nine-year olds in school, and seventy-nine year olds at a village community Senior Citizens Club. This book will help your singers build the necessary skills to become more comfortable with their singing voice, thus, sounding worlds better.
Songlist: Section I: Unison, Two Welcome Songs, Abeeyo, Hey Ungua, Baby One, My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean, My Hat it Has Three Corners, Hepa Hepa Nay Nay, Green Trees Rocky Road, Oo a Lay Lay, Kye Kye Kule, Hill an' Gully Rider, Bring me Half a Hoe, Late a Come, Allunde, Section II: Into Parts, Drumkit, Train Rhythms, Vocal Graphics , Long and Short Loud and Quiet, Echo , Doubletalk, Vocalise, Drunken Sailor, Saints Go Marching in, Three Native American Chants, The Factory Girl, Glowing Candle Light, Old Molly Hare, Oh Won't You Sit Down?, Good News!, Water Come a me Eye, This Old Hammer, In the Bleak Midwinter, Sailing, Away in a Manger, Hear the Wind, Adio Mama, Father Father Goodbye, Azikatale, Siyahamba, Section III: Harmony, Didn't my Lord Deliver Danuel?, Elijah Rock, Three Spirituals, Chan Mali Chan, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Cotton Needs a Picking, Certainly Lord, I'll Fly Away, Over My Head, Amazing Grace, Steal Away, Good News!, Vocalizing over Harmony, Step Harmony, Pachelbel, Song of Farewell, Leaving of Liverpool, John Kanaka, Shto mi e Milo, Summer Holiday, Da Doo Ron Ron, Stand by Me, Halle Halle Halle, Amen Siakudumisa, Silent Night, Gaudete
Review: Folk Voiceworks is an outstanding collection of traditional songs following the Voiceworks model for children of around KS2 level (ages 7-11) upwards. Presenting 30 fantastic traditional songs, from unison to 4-part harmony, this is a rich resource for choirs everywhere. With a CD and supporting teaching notes, Folk Voiceworks is a complete handbook for singing for all teachers and choir leaders. The Voiceworks handbooks for singing are now firmly established as a resource that encourages and supports those who help other people to sing well and with confidence. Their hallmark is a wide range of accessible material, with teaching notes to guide the leader/conductor in promoting good practice and technique for enjoyable and healthy singing. The repertoire and arrangements are flexible to cater for unison and part-singing, by voices at all stages of development, and varying levels of experience.
Songlist: Section I: Work, Roll the Old Chariot Along, Paddy on the Railway, Byker Hill, Rap Her to Bank, Section II: Of the Land, Mow Me Down My Meadow, The Barley Mow, Follow the Heron, John Barleycorn, Sumer is icumen in, Section III: Protest and Politics, The Blackleg Miner, Union Miner, The Spinner's Wedding, The Jute Mill Song, The Troubles of Erin, The Song of the Weaver, Section IV: Reflection, Migildi, Magildi, Yr Hen Wr Mwyn (My Dear Old Man), Unst Boat Song, Coorie Doon, Keep You in Peace, Section V: Love, Lowlands, Wild Mountain Thyme, Pleasant and Delightful, Dacw 'Nghariad (There's My Sweetheart), Section VI: Ritual and Custom, Hunting the Wren, Hal-an-tow, The Pace Egging Song, The Holly and the Ivy, Sweet Chiming Bells, Chariots
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