Archive | November, 2012

Coming up this week – the boys take the lead!

27 Nov

carrying on with our christmas theme – i have wanted to do another song that people might not expect to hear (or indeed may never had heard before!)

i also wanted to give the boys the lead for a change so what better way than to look to bing crosby – mr christmas himself! (?!) but what’s better than bing? bing + the andrew sisters! this song was written for otley a cappella!

check out the recorded version of MELE KALIKIMAKA here….

so hoping that the otley ukulele orchestra join in with us on this one – have a listen to the demo i have recorded with the ukulele and get familiar with the song before thursday if you can.

Mele K 3 parts with uke

until then….keep singing!





o come and be christmassy!

23 Nov

last night we had a great time looking at the christmas songs we will be performing very soon (9th and 17th december!!!!!)

we looked at a traditional arrangement of o come all ye faithful – have a listen to it here

O COME ALL YE (4 parts)

or for individual parts (so you can practise!) here….

O COME ALL YE (soprano)

O COME ALL YE (alto)

O COME ALL YE (tenor)

O COME ALL YE (bass) – this is an octave up as i cannot sing THAT low!)

we also practised OAC BLUE CHRISTMAS NO UKE mp3 too and it sounded incredible.

i am really enjoying our thursday nights and have so many ideas and aspirations for us as a group…if we have achieved all this in such a short time imagine what we are capable of!?


see you next week!

Getting in the Christmas Spirit!

15 Nov

tonight at otley a cappella we will be looking at an arrangement of this elvis classic….

hope you like it!

also on saturday, our sing it sisters (as yet no boys have joined!) will be starting their christmas campaign with festive songs they have requested.

it’s all go at the moment – we have performances coming up in december so we will keep you posted.

as always – thursday evenings at the woolpack 7pm for OTLEY A CAPPELLA (adults) and saturday mornings 10am for SING IT! (school year 5 and up) is open to all who are in those age groups – no auditions, no need to read music just a love of singing is all that is necessary!

if you like any more information please do not hesitate to get in touch


1st november 2012 – something continued!

1 Nov

i was so pleased with tonight’s turn out – despite it being the school holidays and the rubbish weather. and those of us who did come down worked really hard tonight on our joe cocker inspired version of ‘something’ – one of my personal all time ever favourite songs!!

if you want to hear the rough demo of the arrangement then click here SOMETHING MP3 and then again here if you would like to see the score SOMETHING. tonight we got to the end of the song and sang it twice through to consolidate those tricky parts and key changes! it paid off though – it sounded really great and it is lovely to hear how much we can develop a song in a short 1.5 hours!

check out joe cocker (with the mad dogs and the englishmen) version if you need further inspiration (stick with it through the lengthy organ intro!) …..

so one thing i am learning is that people like a challenge! and with that in mind i hope that the bass singers in particular like this arrangement of OAC Moving On Up i have done for us to learn next week. it’s a song that i have particularly good associations with from my younger days….the gospel feel and uplifting nature of the song cannot fail to make you feel smily! i thought it would translate well into our choir. if you want a look at the sheet music then press right here OAC Moving On Up Score.

one other thing i loved about tonight was one of the choir asking me where this choir was going, what were my intentions? i thought this was a great question. i just want to be in a choir that sings great songs (that audiences want to hear!) in amazing harmony and who want to hang out for a pint afterwards. to quote their response – “so music, fun and fellowship?” i couldn’t agree more