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Things you only learn when you join a choir

Things you only learn when you join a choir

You will end up smiling

No matter how fed up you are, after an hour of singing, you will have a smile on your face.  A sing-a-long will really get the endorphins (feel good hormone) pumping around your system.

You’ll get a far more fun workout than spending an hour at the gym

Ok, so it might not tone you up quite like a spin class would, but as couple of hours singing will quickly burn off a few calories.

But, Hide the cakes

You will be famished when you get home from rehearsals, even if you had food beforehand.  So, if you want to keep the inches away – hide the cakes and put locks on the cupboard doors.

Singing is a great leveller.

It doesn’t matter what walk of life you are, you will mix with people who you may probably have never crossed paths with before, and you will make the best friends for life.

 

 

If you’re an alto, you’ll think Christmas has arrived early everytime you get the tune.

Soprano’s usually get to sing the main melody line of a song, whilst the altos, tenors and bass tend to get the harmonies, which are harder to master.

 

Christmas starts in September

Your suntan may not have started to fade, but as soon as September rolls around you’ll be having The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, singing O Holy Night and White Christmas as the Christmas Concert countdown begins.

 

Almost every song could be given a choir twist

Many choirs don’t stick to traditional/choral pieces anymore.  You may find yourself singing new arrangements of anything from Abba to Zed Leplin.

 

You’ll no longer be able to sing to the radio like you used to.

Forget every song you have ever known. You will now be learning to sing parts to a favourite song to suit your voice type.   Whenever that song comes on the radio, you will find yourself singing your version.  Your non-choir friends will look on with amazement.

 

You will drive with your car window’s up and the air-conditioning on full blast.

You will be driving along with your practice CD on the car stereo, but you won’t want anyone listening to you when you stop at traffic lights.   Expect to see some crazy looks if you forget.

You will no longer need Soduko Crosswords or any other brain training.

To learn 30 songs in a matter of weeks, off by heart, for your next concert will having you cramming like never before.  You didn’t have this much to learn when you sat your GCSE’s.

Don’t worry about the performance. The most stressful part about the concert day is where you are sitting

If you are used to being surrounded by your alto pals during rehearsals, goodness help you if you are sitting next to a bass, or even worse, a soprano.   You will forget everything you have every learned in practice and will end up singing along to their part.

Every time you wear black* you will want to burst into song.

It’s probably your choir uniform colour, so of course you will associate the colour with singing.

 

 

 

Mavericks

mavericksMavericks

Backing Tracks:

Mavericks: Back In Your Arms Again… Dance The Night Away… Here Comes My Baby… Matchbox… Someone Should Tell Her…

With a fusion of traditional country with rock & roll, the Mavericks were one of the most commercially successful groups of the early ’90s. Led by singer/songwriter Raul Mal0, the band was formed in Florida in the late ’80s and played rock clubs around the Miami area and built up a solid local following.

Backing Tracks

ALL YOU EVER DO IS BRING ME DOWN - MAVERICKS
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All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down

BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN - MAVERICKS
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 Back In Your Arms Again

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY - MAVERICKS
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Dance The Night Away

HERE COMES MY BABY - MAVERICKS
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Here Comes My Baby

I DON'T CARE IF YOU LOVE ME ANYMORE - MAVERICKS
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I Don’t Care If You Love Me Again

I'VE GOT THIS FEELING - MAVERICKS
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 I’ve Got This Feeling

I SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRUE - MAVERICKS
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I Should Have Been True

MATCHBOX - MAVERICKS
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Matchbox

MISSING YOU - MAVERICKS
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Missing You

NEON BLUE - MAVERICKS
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Neon Blue

OH WHAT A THRILL - MAVERICKS
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Oh What A Thrill

PRETEND - MAVERICKS
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Pretend

SOMEONE SHOULD TELL HER - MAVERICKS
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Someone Should Tell Her

THAT'S NOT MY NAME - MAVERICKS
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That’s Not My Name

THERE GOES MY HEART - MAVERICKS
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 There Goes My Heart

THINGS YOU SAID TO ME - MAVERICKS
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Things You Have Said To Me

THINK OF ME - MAVERICKS
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Think Of Me

TO BE WITH YOU - MAVERICKS
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To Be With You

FEELS LIKE HOME - RAUL MALO
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Feels Like Home – Raul Malo

I SAID I LOVE YOU - RAUL MALO
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I Said I Love You- Raul Malo

MOONLIGHT KISS - RAUL MALO
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Moonlight Kiss- Raul Malo

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More About The Mavericks

Raul Malo: Lead Vocals, Electric + Acoustic Guitars, Piano & Percussion
Paul Deakin: Drums, Percussion & Marimba
Eddie Perez: Electric + Acoustic Guitars
Jerry Dale McFadden: Piano, Organ & Celeste

In 1990, the band released an independent album which worked its way onto play lists across Florida and made its way to Nashville, where it gained the attention of nearly every major record label. They signed to MCA Records and with the second album gained commercial success and throughout the mid – late 90’s, the band racked up plenty of Top 40 hit singles.

The Mavericks  disbanded to allow members to pursue other ventures  but have since reformed and in 2015 released a new album “Mono”

Official Website

Mavericks Backing Tracks

Tom Odell

tomodellTom Odell

Backing Tracks:

Tom Odell: Another Love… Can’t Pretend… Hold Me… Long Way Down… Real Love…

British singer / songwriter Tom Odell has been writing songs since he was 13 but never really revealed his talent until he decided at 18 to pursue a career in music.

Born in the West Sussex town of Chichester, British singer/songwriter Tom Odell spent his formative years studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Raised on a steady diet of Elton John, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Odell’s songs are emotional, raw, and hushed affairs that have drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley.

Backing Tracks

ANOTHER LOVE - TOM ODELL
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Another Love

CAN'T PRETEND - TOM ODELL
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Can’t Pretend

HERE I AM - TOM ODELL
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Here I Am

HOLD ME - TOM ODELL
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Hold Me

LONG WAY DOWN - TOM ODELL
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Long Way Down

REAL LOVE - TOM ODELL
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Real Love

TRUE LOVE - TOM ODELL
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True Love

WRONG CROWD - TOM ODELL
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Wrong Crowd

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More About Tom Odell

In 2012, after landing a record deal with Columbia Records, the then-21-year-old released his debut EP, Songs from Another Love, made his television debut on Later… with Jools Holland, and was nominated for and won in the Critics’ Choice category of that year’s BRIT Awards. He released his first full-length studio album, Long Way Down, in 2013. The platinum-selling album was a huge success, having gone straight in at number one on the U.K. charts, and Odell spent much of the following couple of years touring the material relentlessly, supporting huge names such as Elton John, Billy Joel, and the Rolling Stones along the way.

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tom odell real loveAll my little plans and schemes
Lost like some forgotten dream
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

Just like little girls and boys
Playing with their little toys
Seems like all they really were doing
Was waiting for love

Don’t need to be alone
Don’t need to be alone
It’s real love
It’s real,
It’s real love
It’s real .. love

It’s real love
It’s real

Wicked Backing Tracks

wickedWicked

Backing Tracks:

A SENTIMENTAL MAN - WICKED
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A Sentimental Man

AS LONG AS YOU'RE MINE - WICKED
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 As Long As You’re Mine

DANCING THROUGH LIFE - WICKED
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Dancing Through Life

DEAR OLD SHIZ - WICKED
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Dear Old Shiz

DEFYING GRAVITY - WICKED
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Defying Gravity

I'M NOT THAT GIRL - WICKED
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I’m Not That Girl

ONE SHORT DAY - WICKED
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One Short Day

POPULAR - WICKED
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Popular

THE WIZARD AND I - WICKED
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The Wizard And I

WHAT IS THIS FEELING - WICKED
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What Is this Feeling

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Wicked The Musical Website

 

IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE
WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, THINK AGAIN…

When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagined the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz‘ in 1900.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The multi award-winning classic musical, which is now the 8th longest running show in the West End, has show-stopping songs by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz and is adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life). 

Bryan Adams

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Backing Tracks:

Bryan Adams: Everything I Do I Do It For You… Heaven… Run To You… Straight From The Heart… Summer of 69… When You’re Gone…

Bryan Guy Adams, (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

Adams rose to fame in North America with his 1983 album “Cuts Like a Knife” and achieved global acclaim with his 1984 album “Reckless” which produced some of his best known songs including “Run to You” and “Summer of ’69”. In 1991, he released “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” which went to number 1 in many countries, including 16 consecutive weeks in the United Kingdom, a new record.

Backing Tracks

BACK TO YOU - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Back To You

DO I HAVE TO SAY THE WORDS - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Do I Have To Say The Words

18 TIL I DIE - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Eighteen Til I Die – aka 18 ’til I Die

EVERYTHING I DO - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Everything I Do I Do It For You

HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Have You Ever Really Loved

HEAVEN - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Heaven

I'LL ALWAYS BE RIGHT THERE - BRYAN ADAMS
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 I’ll Always Be Right There

I'LL ALWAYS BE THERE - BRYAN ADAMS
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 I’ll Always Be There

IT'S ONLY LOVE - BRYAN ADAMS
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 It’s Only Love

KIDS WANNA ROCK - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Kids Wanna Rock

LET'S MAKE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - BRYAN ADAMS
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Let’s Make A Night To Remember

PLEASE FORGIVE ME - BRYAN ADAMS
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Please Forgive Me

RUN RUN RUDOLPH - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Run Run Rudolph

RUN TO YOU - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Run To You

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Straight From The Heart

SUMMER OF 69 - BRYAN ADAMS
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 Summer of 69

THE ONLY THING THAT LOOKS GOOD ON ME IS YOU - BRYAN ADAMS
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 The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You

ROCK STEADY - BONNIE RAITT AND BRYAN ADAMS
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 Rock Steady – with Bonnie Raitt

WHEN YOU'RE GONE - BRYAN ADAMS MELANIE C
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When You’re Gone – with Melanie C

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Little Mix

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Backing Tracks:

Little Mix: About The Boy… Black Magic… Cannonball… Little Me… Move… Shout Out To My Ex… Towers… Wings… Word Up…

Brit Girl Band Little Mix (Jade, Perrie, Jesy and Leigh-Anne) were X-Factor winners in December 2011 and their debut album “DNA” became the highest chart entry for a girl band since The Spice Girls (16 years earlier).

Backing Tracks

ABOUT THE BOY - LITTLE MIX
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About The Boy

BLACK MAGIC - LITTLE MIX
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Black Magic

CANNONBALL - LITTLE MIX
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Cannonball

CHANGE YOUR LIFE - LITTLE MIX
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Change Your Life

DNA - LITTLE MIX
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DNA

FU - LITTLE MIX
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FU

HOW YA DOIN - LITTLE MIX
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How Ya Doin’

LITTLE ME - LITTLE MIX
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Little Me

LOVE ME LIKE YOU - LITTLE MIX
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Love Me Like You

MOVE - LITTLE MIX
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Move

OOPS - LITTLE MIX
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OOPS

SALUTE - LITTLE MIX
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Salute

SECRET LOVE SONG - LITTLE MIX
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Secret Love Song

SHOUT OUT TO MY EX - LITTLE MIX
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Shout Out To My Ex

TOUCH - LITTLE MIX
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Touch

TOWERS - LITTLE MIX
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Towers

WINGS - LITTLE MIX
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Wings

WORD UP - LITTLE MIX
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Word Up

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More About Little Mix

Their hugely popular 2014 UK tour included such venues as The O2 Arena (London) and the The O2 Apollo (Manchester) but they cancelled the planned North American tour because of studio commitments. In 2015 they released “Black Magic” from their album “Get Weird” where it shot to Number 1 in the UK charts. Amongst several award nominations, Little Mix won the MTV EMA for best UK & Ireland Act. With their 2017 UK tour “The Glory Days” sold out within a matter of weeks of the tickets going on sale, Little Mix are said to be awestruck at their popularity.

Little Mix – Official Website

“Wings”

Mama told me not to waste my life
She said spread your wings my little butterfly
Don’t let what they say keep you up at night
And if they give you shhhh…
Then they can walk on by
My feet, feet can’t touch the ground
And I can’t hear a sound
But you just keep on running up your mouth yeah
Walk, walk on over there
‘Cause I’m too fly to care, oh yeah
Your words don’t mean a thing
I’m not listening
Keep talking, all I know is
Mama told me not to waste my life,
She said spread your wings my little butterfly
Don’t let what they say keep you up at night
And they can’t detain you
‘Cause wings are made to fly
………….