In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Wales has a strong and distinctive link with music. The country is traditionally referred to as "the land of song". This is a modern stereotype based on 19th century conceptions of Nonconformist choral music and 20th century male voice choirs, Eisteddfodau and arena singing, such as sporting events, but Wales has a history of music that has been used as a primary form of communication.
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Review: A Tender Light is a collection of new choral music by the Welsh composer Paul Mealor, including the Ubi caritas, made famous by its inclusion in the Royal Wedding Ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Motet on that day and since then it has topped the Classical singles charts in the USA, UK, Australia, France and New Zealand and has already entered the standard repertoire for many choirs. For singers wanting to explore further the music of Mealor, this book also contains the luminous She Walks in Beauty, the contemplative O vos omnes and the madrigal sequence Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal. Locus iste and Ave Maria are modern yet timeless settings of well-known texts. This is a must-have collection for any mixed voice choir wanting to explore the latest and best in choral repertoire.
Songlist: She Walks in Beauty, Locus iste, Ave Maria, Ubi caritas
Review: Four madrigals on rose texts for unaccompanied SATB (with divisi). Commissioned by John Armitage Memorial and first performed by the joint choirs of the University of St. Andrews Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Bawtree.
Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank With Roses About, A Spotless Rose
Review: The sublime new album from the star composer of the Royal Wedding. Performed by the Tenebrae Choir and also features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra the album includes the moving A Spotless Rose and Ubi Caritas, performed at the Royal Wedding. 'Paul Mealor has a deep connection with our choral heritage yet his works have immediacy and modernity. He has the rare gift of being able to create joyous melody within music that is both sincere and profound. This is an album with hints of Celtic mystery, moments of great solemnity, splendiferous singing and above all sumptuous tunes.' - Gareth Malone - Choir Master and BAFTA Award-winning BBC Presenter of The Choir
Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank, A Spotless Rose, She Walks In Beauty, O Vos Omnes, Stabat Mater, Salvator Mundi: Greater Love, Locus Iste, Ave Maria, Ubi Caritas
Review: Wales is known by the phrase 'The Land Of Song', a fact underlined by the international success of artists of the calibre of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Charlotte Church. Choirs are the base of this rich heritage andThe Blaenavon Male Choirwere formed close to a century ago in 1910. With member ranging in age from 15 to 80, the choir have enjoyed success in major competitions throughout the UK and successful tours of America, France, Norway and Hungary This rich collection of songs highlights both the traditional and modern and underlines their supreme vocal skills.
Songlist: Men Of Harlech, We Shall Walk Through The Valley, Ar Lan Y Mor, The Gypsy, Angels Watching O'er Me, Ty Di A Roddaist, What Would I Do Without My Music?, Nant Y Mynydd, There Is A Land, With A Voice Of Singing, Laudamus, My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, I'll Walk With God, Adiemus, Soldier's Chorus, Abide With Me, You Raise Me Up, Bridge Over Troubled Water, If I Fell, Let It Be Me, She, Take Me Home, The Rose, Love Changes Everything, Bring Him Home, Mame, The Impossible Dream, Bui-Doi, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, You'll Never Walk Alone, Jerusalem
Review: The Cwmbach Male Choir was formed in 1921, and has survived to the present day even though it was severely tested by periods of hardship, depression and World War 2. During its 83 years it has flourished and built up an enviable record of success in competitions and concert performances. The musical repertoire of the Choir is wide and varied. It includes music for all tastes, ranging from operatic choruses, spirituals, hymns, folk music and popular ballads. The Choir, from the Cynon Valley, maintains the great Welsh tradition of male singing and this recording of holiday favourites is a treat.
Songlist: Unto To Us Is Born A Son, Mary Had A Baby, De Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy, Mistletoe And Wine, Christ-Child In The Manger, Hwiangerdd Mair, Nadolig Llawen I Chi Gyd, White Christmas, Joy To The World, Medley Of Christmas Carols, Jesus Jesus Rest Your Head, When A Child Is Born, Winter Wonderland, O Holy Night
Review: The London Welsh Chorale's second CD: Cennin Aur - A Century of Welsh Music charts the progress of choral music in Wales over the last hundred years. The most recent work being In My Craft by Geraint Lewis, a commission to celebrate the life of Dylan Thomas whose daughter Aeronwy was one of the Chorale's vice presidents for many years.
Songlist: Efe A Ddaw, Gweddi Y Pechadur, Yr Arglwydd Yw Fy Mugail, Dyn A Aned O Wraig, Gwel Uwchlaw Cymylau Amser, Dyrchafaf Fy Llygaid, Laudamus, Molwch Yr Arglwydd, Y Mae Afon, Cennin Aur, Cadwyn, Magnificat & Numc Dimittis, In My Craft Or Sullen Art
Review: The Village of RHOSLLANNERCHRUGOG ('Rhos') is situated some 4 miles south west of Wrexham in North Wales, which itself is 12 miles soŸth of the historic Roman city of Chester. lt is a former mining village, but the last remaining pit closed in 1987. Once known as the largest village in Wales, it has a long history of producing talented performers in all areas of the arts. Over the years, it has been home to two male voice choirs, a ladies' choir, a girls' choir, a mixed choir and a championship quality Silver Band. Rhos has been the birthplace of many top class musicians, actors and singers who have made significant contributions to Welsh culture not only as performers, but also as writers and composers. Here the male choir sings some holiday favorites.
Songlist: The First Nowell, While Shepards Watched, Deck The Halls, Away In A Manger, The Coventry Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Holly And The Ivy, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, In The Bleak Midwinter, Ding-Dong Merrily On High, We Three Kings, O, Little Town Of Bethlehem, Once In Royal David's City, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Silent Night
Review: Serendipity is one of the best of the new breed of Welsh choirs; young, vibrant, have great panache with an identifiable sound as well as exhibiting impeccable intonation, phrasing and musicianship under their musical director Tim Rhys-Evans. I first heard them at the finals of the 2003 C™r Cymru competition and the performance was hugely impressive; so much so that I invited them to perform at my 60th birthday celebrations at the Royal Festival Hall the following year as well as singing, under Tim's direction, the choral parts of my Requiem released on EMI Classics. It's been a privilege to have this association with the choir that I hope will continue and I am thrilled that they have chosen to perform the Benedictus from my The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace on this, their debut CD.
Songlist: Aberystwyth, Frolocket Ihr Volker Auf Erden, Agnus Dei, Lord Bless And Keep You, Gonna Set Down An' Rest Awhile, Lay a Garland, Benedictus, Lux Aurumque, This Little Light of Mine, Souls Of The Righteous (Iustorum Animae), O nata lux, Give Me Jesus, I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me
Review: The rich blend of Tenors, Baritones and Basses in the male voice choir has an appealing homogeneity and power, one that has flourished in Wales hymn-singing festivals for centuries. 15 memorable tunes: 'God Bless the Prince of Wales,' written in 1862 gets the CD off to a rousing start, and the two best-loved Welsh hymns 'Cvm Rhondda' (Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah'), and 'The Lord Is My Shepherd,' now known as the tune 'Crimond' are well done here. 'Fantasia on Famous Welsh Airs,' the dramatic 'The Lost Chord,' 'See, The Conquering Hero Comes,' 'The Ash Grove,' the exciting 'Hunting the Hare,' and two spirituals, 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and 'Nobody Knows The Trouble I See Lord,' are particularly wonderful. Some organ, harp and piano accompaniment. The Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir, directed by Ieuan Davies, and the Rhos Orpheus Male Voice Choir are as good as they come, with a visceral, ancient wall of sound that hits us where we live. 'Voice of Wales' is powerful and wonderful!
Songlist: God Bless The Prince Of Wales, David Of The White Rock, The Rising Of The lark, All Through The Night, Hunting The Hare, Fantasia On Famous Welsh Airs, The Lost Chord, See The Conquering hero Comes, The ash Grove, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, Crimond, Praise Ye The Lord, Nobody Knows The Trouble I See Lord, And The Glory Of The Lord Shall Be Revealed
Review: Wales is famous for its choirs and SAIN is Wales' foremost recording company, and over the years, it has built up the most comprehensive catalogue ever of Welsh choral singing, including all the leading male voice choirs. This compilation has been carefully selected from the Sain catalogue of recent years to reflect the best of Welsh male choral singing. All the tracks were recorded digitally, ensuring a consistently high standard of sound quality throughout.
Songlist: Arwelfa - United Choirs, Now The Day Is Over - Llanelli Choir, Y Goedwig Werdd - Cor Godrer Aran, Deep Harmony - Pendryus And Cory Band, The Last Words Of David - United Choirs, With A Voice Of Singing - CWM Bach, Ol' Ark's A-Moverin - Trelawnyd Choir, The Lost Chord - Pontarddulais Choir, Pilgrim's Chorus - United Choirs, Iechyd Da - Rhos Choir, Gloria - Pendryus And Cory Band, Kwmbayah - Trelawnyd Choir, Gwn Dafydd Ifan - TWM o'r NANT Choir, Amen - United Choirs, Pie Jesu - Llanelli Choir, The Bandit's Chorus - CWM Bach, Ar Derfyn Dydd - Godrer Aran, Where Shall I Be - Pontarddulais Choir, Love I Could Ony Tell Thee - Rhos Choir, Mae D'Eiseau Di Bob Awr - United Choirs
Review: Enjoy the sound of Wales with this extensive collection performed by some of the country's most cherished choirs. Featuring traditional Welsh songs, West End musical classics and popular standards this collection is full of spirit and charm. A beautifully packaged 2 CD set.
Songlist: Love Changes Everything, Take Me Home, Sailing, Lily of the Valley, Do You Hear The People Sing, The Sound of Silence, Gloria, I Have a Dream, With a Voice of Singing, The Wonder of You, Solitare, There's A Valley Called the Rhondda, Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Lost Chord, Where Shall I Be?, Abide With Me, Passing By, Love Could I Only Tell The , Sunrise Sunset, Amen, The Crusaders, Pilgrims Chorus, Softly As I Leave You, Rhythm of Life, Myfanwy, Deryn Y Bwn o'r Banna, Speed Your Journey, Beautiful Dreamer, Calm is the Sea, Amazing Grace, Y Goedwig Werdd, The Lord's Prayer, Deep Harmony, Surge Illuminare, Christus Redemptor, Now the Day is Over
Review: Paul Mealor's setting of the Latin hymn, Ubi Caritas, was composed for the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton and first performed by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James' Palace, conducted by James O'Donnell, at the wedding service at Westminster Abbey.
Songlist: Ubi Caritas
Review: These lyrical and atmospheric carols for the Christmas season offer choirs the chance of exploring treasures from one of the most musical of nations. The Welsh texts are accompanied by new English singing translations.
Songlist: The Shepherds Were Keeping Their Watch (Roed Yn Y Wlad Honno), Come from Ev'ry Land (Tua Bethl'em Dref) , Come All Christians, Singing (O Deued Pob Cristion), Dark the Night (Seren Bethlehem), Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly (Oer Yw'r Gwr Sy'n Methu Caru)
Review: Listeners who love the sound and mood of the most traditional Christmas carols and hymns should be delighted with this collection of choral arrangements made by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The majority of the pieces are traditional English carols, many of which the composer collected himself as part of his research on folk song. For several of the carols where only a text survives, he wrote the melody. A few of the selections may be familiar to American audiences and a few more to fans of English choral music, but by and large these carols will be obscure to general audiences. Their tone tends to be gently contemplative rather than exuberantly celebratory; they're more similar to 'Away in a Manger' than 'Joy to the World.' Vaughan Williams' intent was to create music that could be sung by the average church congregation or church choir, so the arrangements are simple and traditional. Some are arranged for unison singing, but most are in four parts.
Songlist: Hereford Carol, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night (unspecified tune) , Snow in the Street ("From far away we come to you"), carol for chorus , Song of the Crib , The Holy Well, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional Carols from Herefordshire No. 1 & No. 2; 2 versions) , The Salutation Carol , Blake's Cradle Song ("Sweet dreams, form a shade o'er my lovely infant's head"), carol for chorus , O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green") , Wassail Song ("Wassail, wassail, all over the town"), carol for chorus ("Gloucestershire Wassail") , The Miraculous Harvest, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional Carols from Herefordshire No. 10) , How Far Is It to Bethlehem? (Children's Song of the Nativity) (Tune: Stowey) (English) , The Golden Carol ("Now is Christ mas y-come"), carol for chorus , Wither's Rocking Hymn ("Sweet baby, sleep! What ails my dear?"), carol for chorus , Behold the great Creator makes, hymn ("This Endris Nyght") , Christmas Hymn ("Now Blessed by Thou, Christ Jesu"), for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestra in F major (Choral Hymns No. 2) , The truth sent from above, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 6) , And All in the Morning ("On Christmas Day"), carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 1) , On Christmas Night, carol for chorus or voice & piano ("Sussex Carol"; Traditional English Carols No. 2)
Review: A beautifully presented, illustrated collection of children's songs from Wales. It is compulsory for all children to learn Welsh up to the age of 16 in Welsh schools, and this book provides a fun way of teaching and learning the language both in and out of the classroom. All songs are printed in the Welsh language and arranged for easy Piano and Voice.
Songlist: A Ei Di'r Deryn Du (Blackbird Will You Go), Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through The Night), Bwrw Glaw Yn Sobor Iawn (Raining Heavily), Dafydd Y Garreg Wen (David Of The White Rock), Dau Gi Bach (Two Little Dogs), Daw Hyfryd Fis (The Lovely Month), Deryn Y Bwn O'r Banna (The Bittern From The Beacons), Gee Ceffyl Bach (Gee Up Little Horse), Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli (Little Old Woman Of Kidwelly), Hen Wraig Fach (Little Old Lady), Heno, Heno (Tonight, Tonight), Jac Y Do (The Jackdaw), Llongau Caernarfon (Ships Of Caernarfon), Llwyn Onn (The Ash Grove), Myfanwy (Myfanwy), Mynd Drot Drot (Trotting Along), Pedoli, Pedoli (The Horseshoe), Robin Ddiog (Lazy Robin), Robin Goch (Red Robin), Sosban Fach (Little Saucepan), Y Broga Bach (The Little Frog), Y Deryn Bach Syw (Birdie My Dear), Y March Glas (The Grey Stallion)
Review: Bumper collections of folk songs with manageable piano accompaniments, guitar chords and background notes. Ideal for solo singers of all ages or for classroom singing and cross-curricular activities.
Songlist: A Lovely Lady Softly Sighed, All The Day (North Wales Version), All The Day (South Wales Version), All Through The Night, As The Night Is Approaching, David Of The White Rock, Fair Country, Farewell My Dear Country, Forth To The Battle, From Your Slumber Arise!, God Bless The Prince Of Wales, If She Were Mine, In The Vale Of Llangollen, Land Of My Fathers, Let Now The Harp, Loudly Proclaim, Megan's Fair Daughter, Men Of Harlech, My Heart, My Lady Is More Fair, New Year's Eve, O Mountain White, On this day, Once A Farmer And His Wife, One Bright Summer Morning, Over The Stone, Sad Was The Day, So Early In The Morning, Springtime Is Returning, The Ash Grove, The Bard's Love, The Bells Of Aberdovey, The Blackbird, The Dove, The Hall Of My Chieftan, The Lady Of Sker, The Marsh Of Rhuddlan, The Miller's Daughter, The Missing Boat, The Morning Glory, The Rising Of The Lark, The Stars Above Are Bright, There Lived A Bachelor, This Garden Now, Watching The Wheat, Weep Not For Me, Well I Know, When I Was Roaming, When Morning Is Breaking, Why Do I Just Gaze?
Review: A beautiful collection of favourite songs by the Welsh Male Voice choirs from Porth Tywyn, Godre'r Aran, Bangor, Llangwm, Dyffryn Tywi, Caernarfon, Lleisiau'r Frogwy, Dyffryn Tywi, Hogia'r Ddwylan, Llanelli, Cwmbach, Brythoniaid, Dyffryn Peris, Pendyrus & Maesteg Gleemen.
Songlist: Take Me Home , Dawnsio'r Ffandango , Lily Of The Valley , Bytholwyrdd , Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli , When The Saints Go Marching In , Gwenno Penygelli , Un Dydd Ar Y Tro , The Rhythm Of Life , Gweddi Dros Gymru (Finlandia) , Cwm Rhondda , Pan Fo'r Nos Yn Hir , La Vergine , Dyffryn Peris , Morte Criste , The Lonely Steppe , Kalinka , Myfanwy , Llongau Caernarfon , You'll Never Walk Alon
Review: Two great Welsh tradition have been brought together on this recording: the Male Choir tradition on the one hand, and the wealth of traditional folk songs on the other. Two traditions of the Welsh people, - two 'folk' tradition in the true sense of that over-used word. It is very difficult to say precisely how old these songs are, though it is evident tat some are considerable older than others. They mainly reflect the rural way of life, though there are more recent and urban connections to songs such as 'Ffarwel i ddociau Lerpwl' ('Farewell to Liverpool docks') and 'Sosban Fach', known the world over as Llanelli's rugby anthem. Two recurring themes are romance and the battle for Welsh independence, and there are also a lullaby and children's songs such as 'Hen fenyw fach Cydweli' ('The old woman of Kidwelly'). 24 traditional songs in all, - arranged for Male Choirs in four-part harmony.
Songlist: Deryn Y Bwn O'r Banna , Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn , Tair Alaw Werin Gymreig-Rew-Di-Ranno/Mae 'Nghariad I'n Fenws/Hela'r Sgyfarnog , Y Pren Ar Y Bryn , Tros Y Garreg , Fantasia On Famous Welsh Airs , Si Hei Lwli 'Mabi , Ffarwel I Ddociau Lerwpl , Dacw 'Nghariad , Gwn Dafydd Ifan , Lisa Lan , Hen Ferchetan , Ar Lan Y Mor , Cadwyn O Alawon-Ar Hyd Y Nos/Dafydd Y Garreg Wen/Sosban Fach , Titrwm, Tatrwm , Hen Fenyw Fach Cydweli ,