The Novello Book Of British Folksongs For Mixed-Voice Choirs

Books | SATB, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Novello
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work
The Novello Book Of British Folksongs For Mixed-Voice Choirs is an enjoyable collection of diverse tunes that have descended from the folksongs across the British Isles. A variety of arrangements are included, both old and new, of well-loved tunes as well as some lesser-known pieces. All 34 tunes are arranged for SATB Chorus, some with Piano accompaniment, making this a brilliant way to enhance your choir's repertoire.

This Book Of British Folksongs offers a grand selection of favourite folk tunes arranged by composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Paul Mealor and George Dyson. Tunes like A-Hunting We Will Go, Auld Lang Syne, Bonny At Morn, Come Lasses And Lads and Scarborough Fair suggest the sheer diversity on offer here. From sad tunes to happy songs, the arrangements here are at once beautiful and touching, coming truly to life when sung by a Mixed-Voice Choir

These thirty four folk songs will enrich a performance programme, whether as one part or the entirety. Choirs of all types and abilities will be able to discover their favourite arrangements, either the most beautiful, the funniest, or the most enjoyable to sing. With the country experiencing a revival in singing traditional folksongs, this collection is a great way to experience the unabashed joy that performing these British tunes can bring. With a great number of favourite tunes as well as some lesser-known songs, this collection includes songs like There Were Three Ravens, Yarmouth Town, My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Dance To Your Daddy and The Rio Grande, as well as an extensive and fascinating introduction by Jeremy Summerly.

The wonderful thing about singing folksongs is they are like a window into our country's history. They are occasionally funny, often dramatic, but always enjoyable to sing, and their diversity reflects the different people, landscapes and cultural history of the British Isles. These folk tunes can be traced back through British history, evolving through the oral tradition, continually changing lyrics and melody, being amended and sculpted according to the people who sung them. 

These timeless tunes have been recorded in this innovative Novello Book Of British Folksongs For Mixed-Voice Choir, however, the joy of these songs is you can put your own spin on them, adapting them to how you want them sung and continuing their legacy. This wonderful collection is a fantastic addition to any choir's performance repertoire, and is sure to lead to success for the choir and audience for many years to come.

ISBN: 9781783054169
Published on: 31 March 2015
No of pages: 312
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV164450

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      Scores 7.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
      7 out of 10

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      Some lovely old arrangements (Holst, RVW etc.) as well as some interesting new ones.
      A bit heavy and cumbersome. Glossy pages might be hard to read on well-lit stages. Not 100% convinced re. Scottish repertoire.
      Confirmed purchase: 25 April 2016
      Published on: 10 May 2016

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