Music Links

As we are not meeting to rehearse at the moment, we have posted Robin’s practice notes after each work’s practice lines to help you study the music at home, so you are ready for a concert when it becomes safe to give one. Please use the practice lines below in conjunction with performance recordings: alternate the two, learning from the practice lines and testing yourself singing along with the performances.

Andrew Carter: Horizons

Practice lines (MP3)

1. Where lies the land (bars 9–22) Soprano 1
Soprano 2
Alto 1
Alto 2
Tenor 1
Tenor 2
Bass 1
Bass 2
Unemphasised
(whole movement)
3. Roadways Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
4. Exultation (bars 64–83) Soprano 1
Soprano 2
Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
5. The Long Trail Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
7. Crossing the bar Soprano 1
Soprano 2
Alto 1
Alto 2
Tenor 1
Tenor 2
Bass 1
Bass 2
Unemphasised

Page 3: Can everyone practice the chord in bars 17–18; listen to the practice lines and to a recording. Soprano 2 can get their note from the end of the soprano solo part and coming down three notes (E to C#).

Pages 12 & 13: Basses and tenors enter in bar 43 on a quaver (half-beat), whereas the sopranos have a crochet (full beat) for their entry in bar 47. In bar 52, there is a break after ‘salt’. In bar 62, the last note (‘north’) is a crochet followed by a beat rest.

Page 19: Sopranos and tenors: get to know this tune really well.

No. 5 (The Long Trail): Tenors and basses listen and sing along to this movement: you need to be right on the beat in your solo sections.

No. 7 (Crossing the bar): Look at the rhythm in bar 36. Sopranos look at bar 56: sing the solo line and then your entry.


George Dyson: Four songs for sailors

Practice lines (MP3)

1. To the Thames Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
2. Where lies the land Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
3. Sea music Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
4. A wet sheet and a flowing sea Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised

Charles Villers Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

Practice lines (MIDI)

Practice lines (MP3)

1. Sailing at Dawn Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
2. The Song of the Sou’ Wester Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised
3. The Middle Watch Soprano Alto 1
Alto 2
Tenor Bass Unemphasised
4. The Little Admiral
 (Soprano and Alto from letter K)
Soprano Alto 1
Alto 2
Tenor 1
Tenor 2
Bass 1
Bass 2
Unemphasised
5. Fare Well Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Unemphasised

Ed Welch: Mayflower 400 Anthem

Practice lines (MP3)

Mayflower 400 Anthem Soprano 1
Soprano 2
Alto 1
Alto 2
Tenor 1
Tenor 2
Bass 1
Bass 2
Unemphasised

Soprano 2 / Alto 1 look at bar 25. Altos and Tenors look at bar 31. Tenors look at bar 35. Everyone continue to sing and keep the music fresh.


Keith Myerson: Psalm 100

Keep listening and get the rhythms under your skin. Remember that you are counting four in a bar and get used to counting the ends of each line: bars 12–13, 17, 22, 36–37, 59–60.