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TTBB HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHOIRS (ASK ABOUT SATB/SSAA VERSIONS)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (TTBB, a cappella)
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The perfect encore for your Holiday/Christmas show. A sweet, slow a cappella version of this Holiday standard. Features rich but accessible voicings in close harmony/barbershop style. Originally arranged for the London Gay Men's Chorus, and performed by several Gay Men's Choruses across the US, notably New York City.
Mostly 4 part, but occasionally splits into 6 parts (T2 and Bass), and the final chord alone has optional notes for 8 parts. Designed to work well for large or small groups.
Believe (TTBB, piano)
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From the movie 'Polar Express' (2004), 'Believe' is a heart-warming and hopeful pop ballad for the Holidays. The lyric tells how we all become slightly better people at Christmas, as we rediscover our inner child, find ourselves and 'believe'. Popular with kids and adults and originally featuring Josh Groban, this anthemic song stands up 15 years after the movie's release. I get asked for it a lot!
Set in four parts for TTBB with moments of doubling and simple divisi. Band parts also available.
Schehechayanu (TTBB, piano)
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Sometimes used on the first night of Hanukah, ‘Shehechayanu’ is a Jewish Blessing, a prayer said to celebrate special occasions, or when you experience something big for the first time and want to give thanks for the moment.
Mostly unison and two part singing, it features an optional section for Klezmer clarinet or jazz solo. Rhythm section parts (bass and drums) also available. Improvisation and embellishment encouraged, but the piece will work without.
PUBLISHED ARRANGEMENTS AND ACADEMIC BOOKS
Popular Voiceworks at Christmas (2019)
Published in August 2019, this 176 page book includes 20 fabulous seasonal songs and carols from unison to four-part harmony. Ideal for youth choirs, school groups (11 yrs +), community choirs, and choral groups of all ages and experience, arrangements are in a range of popular styles, including jazz, country, salsa, show, swing, gospel, and more. There are brand-new songs and new arrangements of popular favorites, and the pack includes a complete rehearsal plan for each song, including warm-ups and guidance on vocal techniques for singing popular styles. There are also stylistic but accessible piano accompaniments, with photocopiable pages for all pieces, and a CD with complete set of backing tracks.
Popular Voiceworks (2008)
Published in April 2008, I co-wrote this acclaimed book of arrangements and workshops with choral director, singer and theater musician Steve Milloy from Cincinatti Ohio, for the ‘Voiceworks’ series published by Oxford University Press. In 2008, Popular Voiceworks won the Music Publisher’s Association prize for Best Pop Music Publication 2008 of the UK.
The book includes a range of material for singers, solo and choral, in jazz, gospel, soul, dance and musical theatre styles. Each song is accompanied by warm-ups, help with teaching and performing the material and tips on using the voice safely, authentically and enjoyably in these styles. A number also include opportunities for improvising, together with help getting started inventing stylish and simple backings and improvising with the voice. The teacher buys one book, and all pages are can then be infinitely photocopied with permission. Here are a couple of music examples, and there are more on the OUP website:
Gitika mp3 Take me to the water mp3
Popular Voiceworks 2 (2012)
Popular Voiceworks Volume 2 came out in August 2012, and includes another 28 songs in popular styles.
Innovations in Book 2 include a simple introduction to beatboxing, a number of country songs, and originals by both authors. Simple and flexible arrangements of standards include ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, ‘Scarborough Fair’ and Gerry Mulligan’s ‘Blues in B Flat’.
Amazing Grace mp3
'A Different Kind Of Goosebump' - Chapter In the Oxford Handbook Of Choral Pedagogy (2017)
In 2017, I completed a ground-breaking chapter on choral pedagogy, entitled 'A different kind of Goosebump'. It is about singing with purpose, proposes a distinct LGBTQ choral pedagogy, and challenges the idea of a single choral pedagogy as applicable in all social contexts and to all groups.
Interviews with singers were used to get under the skin of their experience in LGBTQ groups: what they feel about what they sing, why they sing and what is unique about the pedagogy choral conductors should use with LGBTQ groups.
The chapter identifies as unique a number of issues, including: the transgender voice, and how to coach it; the often gendered nature of voice parts; the nature of a distinctive LGBTQ choral repertoire; the powerful sense of shared purpose of many LGBTQ singers, choral groups and audiences; and the goals of community and activism.
The chapter concludes that the social context generates a genuinely unique sense of what a choral performance actually aims to achieve, and suggests that choral conductors and teachers working in that context have unique roles, and must be responsive to special challenges as teachers and leaders.
Oxford Companion to Jazz (2002)
In 2002, I completed the article on Jazz Education in the New Oxford Companion to Jazz, edited by Bill Kirchner.
It is an overview of the history of jazz education from the 1920s to the present day, the development of formal jazz education and the relationship between that and more informal methods. It also incorporates parts of my Ph.D research examining the relationship between jazz in education and jazz as it is performed.
Faber Choral Basics (2006-2010)
Committed to getting choirs singing music of all styles, I have so far written five volumes of choral arrangements for Faber in their Choral Basics series, available in SATB and SSA voicings, including:
Three songs from hit TV show ‘Glee’: Journey’s ‘Don’t stop Believin’, Streisand’s ‘Don’t rain on my Parade’, and The Pretenders’ ‘I’ll Stand by you'.
Three songs in the style of vocal group ‘The Baseballs’: Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’, Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ and Scissor Sisters’ ‘I don’t feel like dancing’.
Three songs from Chicago, the Kander and Ebb Musical: All that jazz; When you;’re good to mama; and Roxie.
'Frankly Speaking (2006)'
Three songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, in the style of the famous 1950s Nelson Riddle arrangements. New York; I’ve got you under my skin; The lady is a tramp.
‘Disco classics’ (2006)
Three classic songs from the disco era: YMCA; It’s raining men; Tragedy.
Jazz Piano from Scratch (1999)
A ’self-help guide for students and teachers’, this book aims to introduce the basic concepts of jazz to both piano pupils and teachers through accessible and enjoyable activities. It refers extensively to the tune books of the ABRSM Jazz Piano and Horns syllabuses, which I co-ordinated and devised as Lead Consultant.
Jazzy Piano Duets (2006)
These two books of easy piano duets from OUP are broadly in jazz style, strictly jazzY, Iwould say. They are fun for beginner pianists, and perfect for teacher and beginner pupil to play together. Slightly misleadingly, Pauline Hall is listed as sole ‘author’, but in fact various composers contributed pieces.
In Piano Time Jazz Duets 1, I contributed a piece called ‘A Bit Like Bill’, which takes some of the rhythms, chords and melodic gestures of the great Bill Evans, and makes them accessible to less experienced pianists.
In Book 2, I contributed a simple but rambunctious stride piece for four hands in New Orleans jazz style, called simply ‘Rampage’.