Category Archives: singing

Twist and Shout

The new term is here! How did that happen? I’d love to share with you what we got up to at our end of term Big Fat Music Party back when the summer holidays were a dream waiting around the … Continue reading

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Anna and Elizabeth, 9th of May 2017

7.30pm New Beaconsfield Hall Shipton-under-Wychwood Book tickets here I’m alerting you to a gig in the Cotswolds, organised by a friend of mine which will be an exceptional evening of music making. I can’t wait, and I hope a lot … Continue reading

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The Holly and the Ivy – Two Versions

We had another lovely Big Fat Christmas Music Party on Monday. We finished with everyone singing ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, in which each verse was sung as a solo by a different student. Five in all. I’m so glad … Continue reading

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Conrad’s Christmas Catalogue

Loads of Carols and Christmas Songs to Download It’s that time of year again, and Christmas carols are so great to use with music students. They are a whole group of tunes that are already familiar and, most of the … Continue reading

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Scarborough Fair

Chords, modes, feisty lyrics and endless variations Downloadable PDFs of Scarborough Fair: Tune line, chords and full lyrics. Scarborough Fair in Dm (the key in the LCM book) Scarborough Fair Am (our key) Scarborough Fair Em (Simon and Garfunkel’s key) One … Continue reading

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

I recently realised that ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’ would make a wonderful two-chord song for beginners and wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before. It was a song we sang at school right at the … Continue reading

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Mairi’s Wedding

Mairi’s Wedding is a gorgeous folk song that is a real delight to sing and play. I chose it as one of the numbers that everyone would play together in my most recent Big Fat Music Party because of its … Continue reading

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Pick a Bale of Cotton

The group tunes for this term’s Big Fat Music Party were all tunes recently rediscovered from my past. ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’, a work song from the deep south made famous by Leadbelly, is a great one that I … Continue reading

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End of term = Big Fat Music Party!

I held my 7th Big Fat Music Party the other week. These are my concerts that don’t feel so much like a concerts. I want to get away from the feelings of dread which seemed inseparable from performing to other … Continue reading

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Chinatown

For everyone who uses my book, ‘Fun, Games and Party Pieces for beginner piano‘, here is an extra tune which fits perfectly with the third tune in the book, ‘Chinatown’. Download the PDF ‘Chinatown’ is proving popular with my pupils, … Continue reading

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