This website was initially created to provide resources for the Vocal Union project. All materials on the site are freely available to people working in community music and education.

The site is currently hosted by BlueJam Arts.





New compositions and arrangements A-J

Most songs on this page are original compositions or arrangements of non-copyright material by Vocal Force and Vocal Union leaders. There are also pieces by associated composers and workshop leaders, and pieces written collaboratively with schools, workshops and music projects. All songs are free to use in an educational and community context. Feedback about strengths and weaknesses, performance ideas and new arrangements is vital, as we want this resource to be a living body of music.
Vocal Union strongly encourages the creation and performance of original music and is looking into ways to support and acknowledge this.
If you have any songs you would like to share please contact Jilly at:

Ain't gonna let nobody - traditional arranged by Sharon Durant

Original arrangement of this North American protest song - tune, 3 backing harmonies and optional bassline- very popular. Easy to teach tune and incorporate backing as appropriate. Acapella or easy chord accompaniment.
mp3 | score | lyrics

Ain't gonna let nobody - new arrangement by Sharon Durant

A hip-hop version with backing track
demo mp3 with backing track | score

All around the world - Jilly Jarman, Kate Stilitz

Lively pop song with piano accompaniment. No harmonies. Two versions of lyrics, one about rivers around the world, the other, suitable for KEY STAGE 1 as well, is about animals and birds around the world. Good with actions.
mp3 | score

An Adventure - Jilly Jarman, written for Stainton School, Penrith, Cumbria

Pop - easy harmonies and easy piano accompaniment. Short song in sections, about life at school.

The First Antarctic Party - Belinda Wright

A song about creatures in the Antarctic written for Caedmon. A versatile piece with plenty of scope for discussion, adding new creatures, changing it etc.
mp3 | score

Autumn Leaves are Falling - Karen Lester.

A mellow but gutsy 12-bar blues with optional harmony line. Great fun to learn and easy for young voices to sing.
mp3 | score

A Two Grand Wager - Carol Douglas and Brian Ralston

A fantastic song telling the true story of a wager between a workman and the Director of the Bank of England. Lots of scope for a dramatic performance as part of a play or movement piece.
mp3 | lyrics | backing track

Beep! Beep! - Bridget Cousins

A fun song delighting in driving a C3 - different strands weave together in a great way. Especially suitable for adults in warm-up and break-the-ice sessions
mp3 | score

Bell Weather Barking - Cath Sewell, Kirsten Taylor

One of three songs commissioned for the Kendal Brewery's MOTTO project. It uses the words to a Cumbrian folk song and works them into a playful pop song.
mp3 | score

Ball in the Beck - backing track by Dave Camlin, Alison Scott, Bassenthwaite School.

Lively song with percussion and sounds
backing track | words

The Big Ship Sails - Alan Penman and Alan Dunn

This is a great backing track for assembly singing or performance and because it is about the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal and a Victorian Singing Game, it fits well into the curriculum.
mp3backing track

The Blues are Here - Zoe, Megan and Martha, Yr 7 Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

12-bar blues with catchy, easy tune and lyrics. Great warm-up or to create dances to. Harmonies possible.
mp3 | score

Building Song - Dave Camlin, Alison Scott, Bassenthwaite School, Cumbria

mp3 | lyrics

Songs written by music teacher, David Gray for his school, Barton Hill Academy.

Great to get new material that is being performed by young people

Bienvenue | score

Hear Me Sing | score

Walking Along | score

I Hate Singing! score | lyrics | chords

Sing a Song | score

Echo Echo | score

Canta - Jilly Jarman and Pilar Marchori

Spanish piece with optional piano/guitar/accordion accompaniment. English and Spanish words. Good with movements, dance steps and counting games.
mp3 | score

Castles in the Sky - Jennifer Ellin

Lovely lyrical verse for head voice, with a catchy, rhythmic chorus which dips below C and can be sung with energy. Composed for BlueJam's performance at Songlines concert, Keswick.
mp3 | score | score (with easy keyboard accompaniment)

Christmas Lights - Skelton Primary School with Headteacher, Gary Newman

Lovely new carol for 2009 sung here with guitar accompaniment. Catchy melody and great words.
mp3 | lyrics | score

Christmas Joy - Jen Ellin with BYM Sing For Fun group, Kendal

A lively Christmas carol.
mp3 | lyrics

Cloth is Our Bread - Kirsten Taylor

Single line melody with vocal percussion - a modern treatment of a folk subject, written for primary schools in the Kendal area.
mp3 | score

Come play my game - Sharon Durant

Upbeat with a great groove. Witty song about playing computer games, going on Bebo etc. Main melody and counter melodies. Worth spending time to learn all the parts - great finale song for a concert.
mp3 | piano backing | score

Dalston Lamp - lovely new folk song by Cumbrian composer Carol Douglas

vocals and fiddle by Carolyn Francis
mp3 | lyrics

Dial up the Sun - Beccy Owen


Driving Song - Elizabeth Corney

An up-beat song with funky piano accompaniment

Do anything but throw it away - Sharon Durant & Eleanor Mooney

Medium-swing jazz piece with piano accompaniment

Fire! - Ems Featherstone, Alison Scott, Penrith Singing Squad

A great song to sing with energy with three interlocking parts
mp3 | score

Fraser The Penguin - by Hannah Reid

A fun, simple song with piano accompaniment

Gathered Together - by Alison Scott and Emily Hallewell

A haunting melody to sing round the campfire, with drums and percussion and descriptive movements

Give it right - Em Whitfield

Soulful upbeat song with 3 parts and piano/guitar chords
KEY STAGE 2, 3 & 4

Give Us Some Time Out - Carol Douglas

Northern songwriter Carol teamed up with Australian Brian Ralston to record this song. Great opportunities for performance here.
KEY STAGE 2 to adult
lyrics | mp3 |backing track

Good Morning Everybody - J Jarman - for Beaconside Schools

Written for Singing Communities 2005. Greeting song which allows high and low sounds and play acting. Jazzy.

Halloween Scream - Jen Ellin & Kendal BYM 'Sing For Fun' group

Written for their performance at Kendal Brewery, October 09. Great fun - and works either acapella or with guitar or piano accompaniment.
score (in Dminor) | lyrics | mp3 (in Eb minor)

Hallowe'en Round - Dave Camlin, Dave Roberts, Hannah Reid

Has a bit of beatboxing in this arrangement
score | mp3

Hello/Bonjour - Bridget Cousins

A lovely French/English greeting song written for children at Bramfield Primary School who are learning to speak French - with circle game.
score | mp3 | actions

Here I Am! - James Ramage

Fun song-game for taking the register or going home time. Easy call and response with simple guitar accompaniment. Written for the Reception and Year One class at Warcop School.
score | mp3

Hummingbird - Jilly Jarman

Lyrical song which includes a round at the beginning and end. Piano accompaniment.

The Hygiene Gang - Alan Penman & Alan Dunn

Good performance song.
mp3 | mp3backing

Hymn to St Bega - Alison Scott, Bassenthwaite School, Cumbria

A lovely, haunting, medieval inspired song. The drone makes it sound quite eerie.
score | words

I Heard a Bird Sing in the Dark of December - Dave Camlin

A Waltz: a round sung acapella.
KEY STAGE 2 & upwards

I Like To Drive My C3 - Bridget Cousins

A four-part humorous warm-up song written for a teachers' group.
KEY STAGE 3 & upwards

Intonent Hodie - Jilly Jarman

New tune to this 13th century Latin Carol. All words in English apart from a drone line
Sung here by North Lakes School Choir at Penrith Joint Carol Concert conducted by Martyn Soulsby
score | mp3

I Saw Three Ships - Rachel Allgood

Arrangement with motifs of this favourite carol.


I SING: Mouthful (Bex Mather, Katherine Zeserson, Sharon Durant, Dave Camlin)

A versatile and beautiful acapella piece with many parts - useful for adult choirs.
mp3 | scores: I Sing 3/4 round | I Sing Full Score | I Sing (short)

It's Chilly in the Arctic - Belinda Wright

Fun song written to the tune of the Hokey-cokey!
mp3 | score | notes

I Walked To The End Of The Road - Keith Morris

A fantastic and popular round published in the highly successful Big Sing book series (Sage Gateshead)
mp3 | score

Iyana Sing For Water - Sharon Durant and Bex Mather

A great new 5-part song. 'Iyana' is 'rain' in Xhosa

Joyeux Noel - Jilly Jarman

Carol with words in French, Spanish and Ibo - about crossing borders. Solo line verses, and chorus and bridge with harmonies. Introduction 3-part wind arrangement. Jazz/indie. School orchestra score available from
mp3 (sung By North Lakes School Choir, Penrith) | score


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