Traditional English Folk tune with a verse for each day of the week. There are many different versions and it is sung all over the world in different forms.
Traditional Nigerian Church song with 3-part harmony.
Suitable for KS 2, 3 and adults.
Traditional spiritual. Speaks of release from oppression and can be related to both a cry for freedom and a religous expression. This is a simple folk version.
Suitable for KS 1, 2, 3 and adults.
Score | Audio
Traditional song from Zimbabwe. Learnt by Sian Crooze from Yvonne Burgess. Sung as people come into Church. In English it means: ‘Sit here the Spirit is Coming.’ Short song with very few words. Lovely harmonies.
Suitable for KS 1, 2, 3 and adult.
Audio | Score
A traditional gospel song with easy harmony parts and an exciting counter melody. Suitable for KS 1,2,3 and adult .
Score | Audio – all parts | harmony 1 | harmony 2 | harmony 3
This classic song, was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint. The famous version by Nina Simone moves it away from the musical genre and into blues. It is a great song for young voices because of the inspiring words, and it can be taken apart and improvised over. See some impro ideas here from Jilly Jarman.
Suitable for Key Stage 2, 3 and adult.
Score: KS3/adult | Score: canon KS2/adult
Traditional tit morea Maori. Great song with fascinating stick game from Pacific songs workshop by Sarah Wall.
Score and pronunciation guide
A song from Louisiana, US, about having to go and do chores. Possibly sung by servants dancing in a ring round a tree.
Sung in French by Alison Scott at the Vocal Union residential, Allendale.
As taught by Sarah Kekus. Backing track by Dave Camlin.
Score | backing audio
Traditional folk song.
Scor in D / Score in G
A round. “Beautiful Mother of Earth”. We are unsure of this songs origin. Some say it is a traditional Aboriginal song and some say Spanish! Let us know if you have more information on it. It works as a round or cannon with improvising too.
Song from the Appalachian Mountain area of United States of America. Introduced by Lindsay Hannon.
Audio / Score
Traditional Gospel Song.
Sung here by Bewcastle Community Choir.
Traditional music hall song from England.
Two traditional folk songs from England. Both are rounds with quite a large range, so as well as being lovely to sing, good for later stages of a warm-up and for encouraging head voice.
Audio of ‘Ah Poor Bird’ / Score for both
Traditional song from Cuba.
‘Goodbye Mum, Goodbye Dad, I’m off to the carnival!’
Parts based on the clave, very few words. Useful for introducing samba rhythms and mixing percussion and voice.
Score / Audio