New choir starting

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yewtree
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New choir starting

Post by yewtree » 11 Jan 2006 11:08

A group of us in Bristol and surrounding area are starting a Pagan choir.

You don't have to be a Pagan to join, but the repertoire will consist of Pagan songs. We won't be doing cheesy chants or rip-offs of Christian songs either. To start with we will just be singing for fun, but we eventually hope to perform in public, if we get good enough.

We need sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. (So far we have some of each, but the more the merrier!) If you think you can't sing, don't worry, everyone can sing (well, almost everyone). The only pre-requisite is that you love singing and want to hang out with Pagans.

If you would like to join, please join our Yahoo group and let us know whether you would prefer Bristol or Bath and whether you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass.

Website: http://people.bath.ac.uk/ccsya/choir/
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paganchoir/
Yvonne

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Post by pml » 12 Jan 2006 05:54

Hello Yvonne,

I daresay you've noticed CPDL tends to be have rather a lot of Christian church music of the past!

If you're looking for non-cheesy Pagan repertoire :-) a good friend of mine has written a pagan "song cycle" for soloists, choir, and small instrumental ensemble, entitled "Wheel of the Year". Her name is Leanne Daharja Veitch, which should be enough for you to Google to her website and get in touch.

I'm not a pagan myself so please forgive me if I get the movement titles wrong or out of order; I sang in the premiere a bit over a year or so ago, and the work was good to rehearse and sing; it's in about 10 movements of 20 minutes duration:

1. Invocation (instrumental only; the remaining nine movements are a mixture of solos and/or choir a cappella or with accompaniment)
2. Samhain
3. Yule
4. Imbolc
5. Ostara
6. Beltane
7. Midsummer song
8. Lammas
9. Mabon
10. Closing the circle

Best regards! Philip

dwsolo

Post by dwsolo » 14 May 2006 16:57

Hi Yvonne
for another Pagan piece - you might like the Solstice song on my Winter Celebrations project:
http://www.dwsolo.com/winter.htm
The CD itself is not completed but the song is up there and already published.
The words were written by a Druid lady from the USA (actually of English origin but living in the USA).
If you like the song and would like a choral version arranged let me know and I'll see what I can do.

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