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We have included some information about the background, context and meaning of the pieces in this repertoire, most of the material is drawn from the Wikipedia site.

LET ALL MEN SING. "Buoyant, uplifting, declamatory, powerful" - all of these words describe this festival work for men by Keith Christopher

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, Rogers and Hammerstein Arr William Stickles. Gerald Mast's  history of the American musical "South Pacific" notes that the song is a climactic moment which reveals that two characters have fallen in love, and it expresses a seize the moment lyric: "When you find your true love ... Then fly to her side / And make her your own". Wikipedia. Here is a link to the original film on youtube sung by Gorgio Tozzi

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME. Rogers and Hammerstein, from South Pacific, It is sung by the sailors because they all long for women in their lives. Here is a link to the original version on youtube and the Morecambe and Wise version

YOU ARE MY HEARTS DELIGHT.?
       (WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT MY MUSIC)

SONG OF THE JOLLY ROGER. This highly popular and traditional song is set by C.F. Chudleigh Candish for men's voices with full Piano accompaniment. Here is a version thats worth watching if only for the headgear and eyepatches, though Aughton MVC do sing it a bit quicker the OxfordWelsh Male Voice Choir

AS LONG AS I HAVE MUSIC. Don Besig, Arr Neil Williams for Aughton Male Voice Choir

SUNRISE SUNSET. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Music by Jerry Bock from "Fidler on the Roof" This is the song sung at Motel and Tzeitel's wedding. It is about how fast the two children grew up Here is a youtube clip of the original film version.

IF I WERE A RICH MAN. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Music by Jerry Bock from "Fidler on the Roof" Arr. Stephen Duro. The song is performed by Tevye the main character in the musical, and reflects his dreams of glory.The title is inspired by a 1902 monologue by Sholem Aleichem in Yiddish, Ven ikh bin Rothschild (If I were a Rothschild), If I were a rich man, sung by Topol.

WORKING MAN. (NEW)

THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES. (NEW) Words and music by Ron Goodwin, arr Gwyn Arch. Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, Terry Thomas and James Fox and directed and co-written by Ken Annakin. Here is a trailer for those Magnificent Men from youtube.

SANCTUS.

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE. (NEW) Arr. Gwyn Arch It is a lively pacey gospel children's song written by composer and teacher Harry Dixon Loes (1895–1965)

THE ROSE. Written by Amanda McBroom. It is a classic pop song made famous by Bette Midler who recorded it for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose. Here is a 1979 video clip on youtube of Bette Midler singing The Rose and another version by Liane Rimes and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

WHEN THE SAINTS Arranged by Denys Hood "When the Saints Go Marching In", often referred to as "The Saints", is an American gospel hymn. The precise origins of the song are not known. Though it originated as a Christian hymn, it is often played by jazz bands. This song was first recorded on May 13, 1938 by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra Here is a later version of Louis Armstrong from youtube

WITH CAT LIKE TREAD. Gilbert and Sullivan, from "The Pirates of Penzance." 

STOUT HEARTED MEN. Words by Oscar Hammerstein, Music by Sigmund romberg, Arranged by Walter Scotson.

LES MIS Medley - RED &BLACK, I DREAMED A DREAM,
       BRING HIM HOME and DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING.

YOU,LL NEVER WALK ALONE  From Carousel, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Arranged by Alwyn Humphries. In the second act of the musical, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the female protagonist Julie Jordan, sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, kills himself to avoid capture during a failed robbery. The song appears twice in the 1956 film, here is a clip from the end of the film Carousel

TITANIC  This arrangement by Alwyn Humphries begins with the haunting hymn "Nearer my God to thee" allegedly before the RMS Titanic slipped below the waves. "Gentlemen, its been a privilege playing with you tonight from the original film". This is followed by the song from the film Titanic (My heart will go on) sung by Celine Dion also called the "Love Theme from Titanic", is the main theme song to the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. Its music was composed by James Horner its lyrics were written by Will Jennings.

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is a popular song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film staring Peter O'Toole. The inspirational lyrics have helped many to overcome impossible odds. Geof Holt MBE, disabled yachtsman was paralysed in a diving accident in the West Indies as a young man and he says that the words of this song helped to inspire him to rebuild his life. His efforts culminated in him being the first quadraplegic to circumnavigate the UK and make a transatlantic crossing in a wheelchair accessible yach. And, the name of the yacht in which he accomplished these inspirational achievments was "The Impossible Dream"  This is an Andy Williams version

FUNICULI FUNICULA is a famous Neapolitan song composed in 1880 by Luigi Denza, with italian lyrics by Peppino Turco. It was written to commemorate the opening of the first funicular cable car on Mount Versuvius. In Turco's original lyrics, a young man compares his sweetheart to a volcano, and invites her to join him in a romantic trip to the summit. Edward Oxenford, a lyricist and translator of librettos,wrote lyrics with scant relationship to the original that became traditional in English-speaking countries. His version of the song often appears with the title "A Merry Life". Here is a link to Louth Male Voice Choir singing the song on youtube, memorable mainly for the picture of the actual railway and some of the history.

SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES is the signature song from the musical play The Music Man (1957), which was written by Meredith Willson. In the musical, "Professor" Harold Hill uses the song to help the townspeople of River City, Iowa visualize their children playing in a marching band by recalling a time when he saw several famous bandleaders' bands in a combined performance. While an average-sized high school marching band might have about 10 musicians playing the trombone, and a large college marching band seldom has more than 30 trombonists, the band that Harold Hill describes to the villagers includes 76 trombones, 110 cornets, "more than a thousand reeds", double bell euphoniums, and "fifty mounted cannon" (which were popular in bands of the late 19th century). Here is a clip of the band
Here is a clip of
Professor Harold Hill explaining his idea to the town

HAVA NAGILA (הבה נגילה Havah Nagilah, "Let us rejoice") is an Israeli folk song. It is perhaps the first modern Israeli folk song in the Hebrew language that has become a staple of band performers at Jewish weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. It was composed in 1920s Palestine at a time when Hebrew was first being revived as a spoken language for the first time in 2,000 years. Although Psalm 118 (verse 24 - The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.) of the Hebrew Bible may have been a source for the text of "Hava Nagila", the expression of the song and its accompanying hora ("circle") dance was entirely secular in its outlook.

WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD composed by J.B. Coats, born on April 6, 1901, in Summerland, Mississippi. When just a lad about fourteen, he began teaching music classes and conducting evangelistic singing. Mr. Coats was a teacher in public schools most of his life. He was the composer of many loved gospel songs with "Where Could I Go But to the Lord" having been printed and sung most widely. He died on December 15, 1961. It was recorded by Elvis Presley in his "How Great Thou Art" Album recorded in May 1966 at RCA Studio B in Nashville Tennesse.

CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE./ THE WONDER OF YOU

RHYTHMN OF LIFE Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman), 1929 - 2004, American jazz pianist and composer who , was at first a classical pianist but then turned to jazz and began partnering with lyricists to write songs. Many of them became popular standards, as did songs from his numerous Broadway musicals and motion picture scores.Coleman then collaborated with Dorothy Fields on Sweet Charity (1964), which yielded three popular songs—“Hey, Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” and “The Rhythm of Life.” Sammy Davis Jr. performed the piece as "Big Daddy" in the church of the Rhythm of Life. The choir sings an arrangement by Richard Barnes, which has slightly different words from the original.

AMERICAN TRILOGY is a song arranged by country songwriter Mickey Newbury and made popular by Elvis Presley, who began including the song as part of his regular concert routine in the 1970s, thereby making the song a showstopper. It is a medley of three 19th century songs— "Dixie", a minstrel song that became the unofficial anthem of the Confederacy since the Civil War; "All My Trials", originally a Bahamian lullaby, but closely related to African American spirituals, and well-known through folk music revivalists; and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", the marching song of the Union Army during the Civil War. The choir's version is adapted by Alwyn Humphries.

YESTERDAY is a song originally recorded by English rock band the Beatles for their 1965 album Help! Although credited to "Lennon-McCartney", the song was written by Paul McCartney. It remains popular today with more than 2,200 cover versions and is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. "Yesterday" is a melancholy acoustic guitar ballard about the break-up of a relationship. McCartney is the only member of the Beatles to appear on the recording, and it was the first official recording by the Beatles that relied upon a performance by a single member of the band.

MATT MONROE MEDLEY

CAVATINA is a 1970 classical guitar piece by Stanley Myers and best remembered as thetheme from "The Dear Hunter."The piece had been recorded by classical guitarist John Williams, long before the film that made it famous. It had originally been written for piano but at Williams' invitation, Myers re-wrote it for guitar and expanded it. In 1973, Cleo Laine wrote lyrics and recorded the song as "He Was Beautiful", accompanied by Williams.



The choir do sing other pieces from our back-catalogue of music we have sung for many years, if you have any favourites please ask and we can let you know if we can include it.