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Rehearsal Aids

Summer 2024 concert

Some suggested tracks to assist you with your practicing for this concert are as follows:

Item YouTube Link
Elgar : The Spirit of the Lord
Tarney : The Spriti of the Lord
Brahms : Geistliches Lied
Higgins : See I am God
Smith Moore : We shall walk through the valley
Dett : O Holy Lord
Dale : Panis Angelicus
Treseder : Jesu, joy of our desiring
Todd : Locus Iste
Gjeilo : Northern Lights
Lauridsen : Sure on this shining night
Harris : Holy is the true light
Wood : Hail Gladdening Light

 

Library

Wimbledon Choral has sung all of the following pieces in recent years.  The links below were provided as a means of assisting choir members with their learning of the music.   They are left here for use by any visitor to the website.

Composer Title   Link

J.S. Bach

St John Passion

Suggested performance
(Neil Jenkins edition in English)

Richard Blackford

Mirror of Perfection

Suggested performance

Peter Burton

Come & Sing the Christmas Story

Suggested performance

Aaron Copland

Ching-A-Ring-Chaw

Suggested performance

Maurice Duruflé

Notre Père

Pronunciation

Maurice Duruflé

Notre Père

Suggested performance

Maurice Duruflé

Requiem

Suggested performance

Antonin Dvorak

Te Deum

Text of music

Gabriel Faure

Requiem

Suggested performance

Ola Gjeilo

Evening Prayer

Suggested performance

Ola Gjeilo

Northern Lights

Suggested performance

Ola Gjeilo

Ubi Caritas

Suggested performance

Howard Goodall

Love Divine

Suggested performance

Howard Goodall

Unconditional Love

Suggested performance (score)

Henryk Gorecki

Totus Tuus

Suggested performance

Michael Higgins

Bright Morning Stars

Suggested performance

Michael Higgins

Little wheel a-turnin'

Rehearsal track

Michael Higgins

He's gone away

Rehearsal track

Michael Higgins (arr.)

Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day

Suggested performance

Moses Hogan

Hold On

Suggested performance

Chris Hutchings

Adeste Fideles

Rehearsal tracks

Chris Hutchings

Adeste Fideles

Suggested performance

Libby Larsen

Beneath these Alien Stars

Suggested performance

Morten Lauridsen

Sure on this Shining Night

Suggested performance

James MacMillan

A New Song

Suggested performance

James MacMillan

O Radiant Dawn

Suggested performance

Frank Martin

Notre Père

Suggested performance

James McCarthy

A Quoi Bon Dire

Suggested performance

Cecilia McDowall

Da VInci Requiem

Recommended recording

Claudio Monteverdi

Vespers (1610)

Chants for Mv.2 Dixit Dominus

Claudio Monteverdi

Vespers (1610)

Recommended recordings

Nico Muhly

Bright Star Carol

Suggested performance

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana

Pronunciation guide (2019)

Pronunciation guide (2023)

Rehearsal Tracks



Arvo Pärt

Bogoroditse Devo

Suggested performance

Arvo Pärt

The Beatitudes

Suggested performance

Roland Perrin (arr.)

Brazilian Songs of Nature

Rehearsal tracks

Francis Poulenc

Exultate Deo

Suggested performance

Sarah Quartel (arr.)

Silent Night

Suggested performance

Sergei Rachmaninov

All-Night Vigil

Pronunciation

Sergei Rachmaninov

Bògòroditse Devo

Virtual choir performance

Andrea Ramsey

Doors of Daring

Suggested performance

Jake Runestad

Let my love be heard

Suggested performance

Jan Sandström

Det är en ros utsprungen

Suggested performance

John Tavener

Svyati

Suggested performance

Will Todd

Passion Music

Rehearsal Tracks

Will Todd

The Lord is my shepherd

Suggested performance

Giuseppe Verdi

Requiem (arr. Blackford)

Rehearsal Tracks &
Suggested Performance

Louis Vierne

Messe Solennelle

Suggested performance

Eric Whitacre

Lux Aurumque

Suggested performance

Eric Whitacre

Sleep

Suggested performance

Alison Willis

Salve Deus, Rex Judaeorum

Rehearsal tracks

Charles Wood

Hail, Gladdening Light

Suggested performance

       
 

McDowall : Da Vinci Requiem

The Da Vinci Requiem was commissioned by Wimbledon Choral to mark its centenary in 2015.   It was named Da Vinci as its premiere performance in the Royal Festival Hall in May 2019 coincided with the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death.  Delays due to the pandemic in 2020 & 2021 pushed back the recording of the work but it is now available on Signum Classics,

 
 

Verdi : Requiem

Rehearsal tracks show rolling scores so you can follow your part.  The link in the last column is for the recording made by The Bach Choir, commissioners of the Richard Blackford edition.   Full copies of The Bach Choir's excellent recording can be obtained from Nimbus Records in CD format or by streaming/downloading.  All items linked from the table below have been found in the public domain on YouTube.

Movement Sop 1 Sop 2 Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor 1 Tenor 2 Bass 1 Bass 2 Recording
1 - Requiem & Kyrie Eleison
2 - Sequence - Dies Irae
2 - Sequence - Tuba Mirum
2 - Sequence - Liber Scriptus
2 - Sequence - Quid sum miser                
2 - Sequence - Rex Tremendae
2 - Sequence - Recordare                
2 - Sequence - Ingemisco                
2 - Sequence - Confutatis
2 - Sequence - Lacrymosa
3 - Offertorio - Domine Jesu                
4 - Sanctus
5 - Agnus Dei
6 - Lux Aeterna                
7 - Libera Me

 

 

Richard Blackford : Mirror of Perfection

The tracks referenced below are available in the public domain on YouTube.   The choir is Ikon, with the Britten Sinfonia, soprano soloist Elizabeth Watts and baritone Roderick Williams.

Movement YouTube Link
1 - Canticle of the Creatures
2 - Canticle of Love I
3 - Canticle of the Furnace
4 - Canticle of Love II
5 - Canticle of the Birds
6 - Canticle of Love III
7 - Canticle of Peace

 

 

Will Todd : Passion Music

The following rehearsal tracks for all voice parts for the Passion Music have been produced by Will Todd and are made available courtesy of OUP.   There is also a backing track for each item, which you might find useful.   Please note that several tracks start a few bars into the associated movement rather than include the whole introduction.  Item 7 has no backing track as it is sung a cappella.

Item Sop 1 Sop 2 Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor 1 Tenor 2 Bass 1 Bass 2/3 Back
1 - Greater Love
2 - We Believe
3 - A New Commandment
4 - Love Unknown
5 - Stabat Mater
6 - The Seven Last Words From The Cross
7 - My Love Has Died For Me  
8 - Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
9 - Were You There?

 

Carl Orff : Carmina Burana

There are many types of rehearsal aids for this work out on the internet.   This is just one set available via YouTube.  Each link takes you to the YouTube playlist for the voice part, containing all of the movements of Carmina Burana.  This also shows rolling scores so you can follow your part.

Voice Part PlayList Link
Soprano 1
Soprano 2
Alto 1
Alto 2
Tenor 1
Tenor 2
Bass 1
Bass 2

 

Christmas 2016 : Adeste Fideles

The following sound files may be useful when learning Chris Hutchings' Adeste Fideles, commissioned by Wimbledon Choral.   For each part there are two versions - the first has just that particular voice part playing, the other has it with the other voices playing quietly in the background.   Just click on the relevant image to download the associated sound file.   Each one is about 3.5MB in size so may take a few seconds to download.   You may need to click on the downloaded file for it to play.
 
Voice Part Alone With
Soprano 1
Soprano 2    
Alto 1 
Alto 2
Tenor
Bass 1
Bass 2
All Parts  

 

Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Willis) : Rehearsal Tracks

The DropBox links below will take you to the rehearsal tracks of Alison's work, which have been kindly supplied to us by Luminosa, the choir that commissioned the piece.   Wimbledon Choral was the second choir to perform the work, with the "very happy composer" in the audience at Cadogan Hall.  Each of the links takes you to a folder that contains the tracks for all voices for that movement.   You do not need to sign-up to DropBox to access these folders.

 

Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Willis) : Performance Example

The YouTube links below will take you to the live recordings of the premiere performance.   Please note that the links below are in the correct sequence of the five movements in the work - click on the YouTube logo to access each track.   The sequence in the playlist shown on YouTube is not correct.

 

Dvorak Te Deum - Text

In October 1891, Dvorak was appointed Director of the National Conservatory in New York, his duties to commence the following autumn.  His new employer commissioned him to write a cantata to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, the text for which would be supplied in due course.   The promised text never arrived so, not wanting to let down this new employer before he took up his post, Dvorak turned to the great Latin hymn of praise Te Deum Laudamus and used the text from this instead.   
 
During rehearsals, Neil has often referred to the English meaning of parts of the text to highlight the music score.   Tenor Richard Simon has kindly taken the whole text and laid it out in its full translation so that you can see the entire context.   
 
Click here or on the image to the left for this.
 
 
 
 

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil

In the table below there are links to items that will demonstrate how to pronouce the text in Church Slavonic.  The recordings have been made for us by Irina Walters who came to help us in our language preparation.   Good luck!

1, 2 & 3 :  
4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 :  
9 :  
10 & 11 : 
12 : 
13, 14 & 15 : 

If you want to buy a really good recording on CD for your collection then Neil recommends the one by the Latvian Radio Choir, which you can find here: .   You can also obtain it through other online stores like Naxos Direct and Presto Classical.

 

Monteverdi Vespers - March 2017

There are a few places in No2 (Dixit Dominus) that involves chanting on a single note.   Click here to download the details for these.
 
Several members have asked about recommended recordings of the work.   Neil's selection is as shown below - any one of these will do as they are all equally as good.   Click on the one you wish to select and you will be taken directly to the Google search results page for the item.
 

Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

The Gabrieli Consort
Paul McCreesh

 
 

Brazilian Songs of Nature

Roland Perrin, whose arrangements of these Brazilian Songs we performed in the Duke Ellington concert, kindly supplied rehearsal tracks as MP3 files.  Clicking on the MP3 logo will download the relevant file directly to your device.
 
Song MP3
Double Rainbow
My Country
Outono
Passarim
Waters of March
 
 
 
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