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Joint Concert Drakensberg Boys Choir and Chicago Children’s Choir – I Need You to Survive

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August 2, 2014

Oh my.

mfi

As performed live on Thursday 26 June 2014 - the Drakensberg Boys Choir and Chicago Children's Choir performing I need You to Survive.
Conducted by: Josephine Lee of the Chicago Children's Choir

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Ēriks Ešenvalds (b1977): O Salutaris Hostia – KSCI Choral Scholars

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August 1, 2014

Ešenvalds' setting of Aquinas' Hymn to the Blessed Sacrament for the feast of Corpus Christi is a piece that really made me sit up and pay attention when I first heard how he makes the two soprano soloists weave and intertwine like birds on a summer day in the air above the "ground" of the choral parts. It's a perfect showcase for what a good small choir can do – as in this excellent performance by KSCI Choral Scholars directed by Chris Munce. Really they deserve high praise, particularly as they've only been around for five years. Enjoy :-)

mfi

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St. Patrick’s Day 2014: The Wind that Shakes the Barley – 2010 Oregon All-State Choir

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March 17, 2014

This is a ballad I learnt when I was a schoolboy and enjoy singing to this day.  It was written by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1836–1883) a poet and professor of literature from Glenosheen, County Limerick. The song's viewpoint is that of a young man from Wexford about to sacrifice himself for Ireland in the 1798 rebellion against the British occupation regime.  If you've seen Ken Loach's  film 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' about our War of Independence (1919–1922) and the Civil War (1922–1923) you'll probably remember this ballad from fairly early on in the film. It's also been recorded by both Loreena McKennitt, and Lisa Gerrard both of them very good – I doubt you'll have much trouble finding videos of them singing it on YouTube, but this excellent choral version of it  – which has particularly effective brief solos, deserves to be far far better known than it is.

Happy St. Patrick's day.

markfromireland

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Alan Ridout (1934-96): O Flame of Love So Living

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February 24, 2014

Alan Ridout 180x225 captioned Alan Ridout was closely associated with Canterbury Cathedral and its choir. He was born in Kent in 1934, studied at the RCSM under Gordon Jacob and Howells. His music isn't either played or sung as much as it deserves but is worth seeking out if you enjoy modern English choral and organ music.  His very dynamic setting of the an English translation of St. John of The Cross' poem Llama de Amor Viva is performed below by the St. Louis Chamber Chorus conducted by Philip Barnes. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – 2008 TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

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February 15, 2014

The 2008 TMEA All-State Mixed Choir
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Mack Wilberg
Directed by Craig Jessop

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