Tag Archives: Otley A Cappella

Singing through Spring and into Summer 2016

15 May

Hello lovely singers!

It’s a lovely time of year and we have all ready started a new season of songs to get our spirits lifted on a Thursday evening! There is nothing quite like singing together in a group of people and when we start to hear a piece come together with harmonies and dynamics, it is such a great sound! I also enjoy our post-choir drink (usually at The Horse and Farrier), where we get to chat and hang out together. New singers (and those who maybe haven’t been in a while!) are always welcome at The Woolpack Studios on a Thursday – we hope to see you soon.

For those of you interested in performing – we have an end of term concert planned for FRIDAY 15th JULY 2016 at Otley Parish Church. It will be a celebration of Leeds choirs and I am extremely happy to be singing on the same bill as Sally’s Army, Ilkley Moornotes and Good In Parts. We will be raising money for the Joanna Project so it will be an evening not to be missed. WATCH THIS SPACE!

SPRING/SUMMER SONGS 2016 

*for separate parts – please see the HAVE A LISTEN! page*

TENDER – Blur

OAC TENDER

AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING – The Beatles

OAC AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING SCORE

ROYALS – Lorde

ROYALS OAC

 

Our next performance

3 Mar

We’re busy practising for our next performance – hope you can join us!

OAC MAR16

We will be performing the songs we have been practising since January this year – this would be a great concert to come to if you have been thinking of joining the choir but have not yet come along. Everyone is welcome!

The event is free however we will be holding a raffle in order to raise money for The Woolpack Studios.

Hope to see you very soon

SPRING 2016

15 Jan

Here are the 5 songs we will be rehearsing in our Thursday night sessions between now and Easter. Keep an eye out on here and on Facebook for up and coming performances 🙂

KILLING ME SOFTLY

– all parts

– H1

– H2

– LEAD

KILLING ME SOFTLY 2016

TEN STOREY LOVE SONG

– all parts

– H1

– H2

– LEAD

TEN_STOREY_LOVE_SONG_OAC

MANY RIVERS TO CROSS

– all parts

– LOW

– LEAD

– H1

– H2

OAC many rivers

PIECE OF MY HEART

– all parts

PIECE OF MY HEART OAC – sheet music

NO SURPRISES

– all parts

NO SURPRISES in B OAC – sheet music

HAPPY 2016!

5 Jan

It really seems that Otley A Cappella Choir is going from strength to strength! Towards the end of 2015, we welcomed several new singers to our Thursday sessions and we did some memorable performances such as the Christmas Tree Festival and The Horse and Farrier.

OAC XMAS 2015

OAC At Otley Parish Church before our performance at The Christmas Tree Festival

I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!

Our first session back will be Thursday 14th January from 7:30pm at The Woolpack Studios. I really hope you can join us.

Our first song for the new season is one of my favourite indie songs from the 1990s. It’s Ten Storey Love Song by The Stone Roses. It lends itself to some lovely harmonies and has a really uplifting feel to it. Perfect for a new year!

Here is the original

Here is a demo of the version I have arranged… it’s in three parts (Harmony 2 is lower than the lead and H1 is higher)

Hope you like it!

DEMO (all parts with ukulele)

TEN_STOREY_LOVE_SONG_OAC (music and lyrics)

Getting Ready For Christmas

31 Oct

We’ve started working on our Christmas Songs!

O HOLY NIGHT

– O Holy Night (all parts)


– O Holy Night (lead)

– O Holy Night (harmony 2)

– O Holy Night (harmony 1)

And here is the score

O HOLY NIGHT score

WHITE WINTER HYMNAL

– all parts

– harmony 2

– harmony 1

– lead

– bass

Score

WHITE WINTER HYMNAL oac

We’ve also got a few gigs coming up and I’m really excited to perform these songs – it’s been great to hear how much the songs are improving week on week thank you to all your hard work

26th November – Horse and Farrier from 8:30pm
12th December – Otley Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival from 4pm

flyer 2015 snowflakes

17th December – Horse and Farrier Woolpack Christmas Tree Festival from 8:30pm

So spread the word and get all your friends to come and hear us!

Here are the songs we’ll be singing… so get listening to them and get familiar with them before our Thursday sessions

OAC WINTER 2015

Hope to see you all really soon 🙂

September 2015

18 Sep

We have had a great time at our sessions since returning from our summer break

So lovely to welcome new singers and returning friends too!

Here is what we have been up to….

NEW SONGS

PIECE OF MY HEART (Erma Franklin)

Have a look at the sheet music here
PIECE OF MY HEART OAC

Listen to the demo here…
PIECE OF MY HEART + UKE

NO SURPRISES (Radiohead)

NO SURPRISES + PIANO

NO SURPRISES in B OAC

Hope you can join us as we learn our new songs… we’ll still be going over songs from our repertoire every week. You can listen to the demos by clicking on the page above.

Hope to sing with you all again soon
🙂

June 2015 – Working towards our next performance

4 Jun

We will be performing at Korks on 24th July alongside Otley Ukulele Orchestra and The Fortnights. It’s very exciting to have a gig to prepare for especially when there will be a few collaborations on the night!

We will be looking at the songs we will be performing at the event over the coming Thursdays – so I hope to see you here at The Woolpack Music Studios very soon!

Tonight we will start to look at a new song – and one we will be singing with Otley Ukulele Orchestra at the concert…

Hope you like it!

WEATHER WITH YOU OAC – sheet music

– WEATHER WITH YOU MP3 demo + ukulele

Here is the original version – ah the memories?! The 1990s was such a great time for music…

Watch this space for more details of our up and coming perfomance and rehearsal schedule