2020-2021 Fall Season

Here are some suggestions for Silver Chord’s 2020 Fall and Christmas repertoires. Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on gatherings such as ours, our fall season may or may not go ahead as we would like, but we hope that we’ll be able to sing again for Christmas.

In the links below, you’ll find printable PDFs of the words to the songs, and in some cases there are audio recordings of the original songs or the accompaniment.

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2020 Christmas

Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella

Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (Aug 20 2020 7:07pm) - about 8 months ago

Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Christmas Eve (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Ding Dong Merrily on High (Aug 20 2020 7:01pm) - about 8 months ago

Ding Dong Merrily on High (Jan 02 2020 12:27pm) - about 1 year ago

Do You Hear What I Hear

Do You Hear What I Hear (Aug 20 2020 6:58pm) - about 8 months ago

Do You Hear What I Hear (Aug 21 2020 8:55pm) - about 8 months ago

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Aug 20 2020 6:56pm) - about 8 months ago

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Jun 08 2020 2:18pm) - about 10 months ago

Here We Come a’-Wassailing

Here We Come a'-Wassailing (Aug 20 2020 6:51pm) - about 8 months ago

Here We Come a’-Wassailing (Jun 08 2020 12:11pm) - about 10 months ago

How Far Is It To Bethlehem

11 How Far Is It to Bethlehem (Aug 20 2020 6:30pm) - about 8 months ago

How Far is it to Bethlehem (Aug 21 2020 8:59pm) - about 8 months ago

I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships (Aug 20 2020 6:32pm) - about 8 months ago

I Saw Three Ships (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Lord of the Dance

Pretty much every Celtic band around sings this song. The tune is a very old Shaker tune, "Simple Gifts", but these words were written by Sydney Carter in 1963.

Lord of the Dance (Aug 21 2020 10:54am) - about 8 months ago

Lord of the Dance (Aug 21 2020 10:54am) - about 8 months ago

Old Toy Trains

Old Toy Trains (Aug 21 2020 10:42am) - about 8 months ago

Old Toy Trains (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Once In Royal David’s City

Once In Royal David’s City (Aug 21 2020 10:52am) - about 8 months ago

Once In Royal David’s City (Aug 21 2020 9:06pm) - about 8 months ago

O Holy Night (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

O Little Town of Bethlehem

There are at least three tunes to this old traditional carol. Forest Green is the one most familiar to UK listeners, while Bethlehem is widely known in Canada and the USA. The third, written by Paul Ambrose, is sung here by the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Paul Ambrose was a Canadian composer, organist, conductor and teacher who lived from 1868 to 1941.

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Jun 08 2020 2:57pm) - about 10 months ago

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Forest Green) (Aug 21 2020 11:32am) - about 8 months ago

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Paul Ambrose) (Aug 21 2020 11:37am) - about 8 months ago

Rocking around the Christmas Tree (Jan 02 2020 4:36pm) - about 1 year ago

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (Jan 02 2020 4:36pm) - about 1 year ago

Silent Night (Jan 02 2020 4:37pm) - about 1 year ago

Six White Boomers (Jan 02 2020 5:52pm) - about 1 year ago

Sussex Carol

Sussex Carol (Aug 21 2020 10:57am) - about 8 months ago

Sussex Carol (Jan 02 2020 4:37pm) - about 1 year ago

Sussex Carol (Nigel Tucker) (Nov 21 2020 11:28am) - about 5 months ago

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The recording is four-part a cappella (unaccompanied). Our performance will be with piano; also note that our printed ending is simpler than the recording's version.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Collage Recording (Jul 05 2020 8:55pm) - about 9 months ago

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Jazz (Jun 08 2020 2:50pm) - about 10 months ago

Winter Wonderland (Jan 02 2020 4:37pm) - about 1 year ago

2020 Fall

All Through the Night

The audio is a simply a sample performance of the first verse, easy to sing to and learn.

All Through the Night (Jun 10 2020 12:14pm) - about 10 months ago

All Through the Night (Jun 07 2020 6:52pm) - about 10 months ago

Both Sides Now

The audio is Joni Mitchell's original 1969 studio recording. It's provided so you can learn the melody; our performance will be more even in pacing and will have piano, not guitar accompaniment.

Both Sides Now (Jun 10 2020 12:19pm) - about 10 months ago

Both Sides Now (Jun 07 2020 7:05pm) - about 10 months ago

Bye Bye Blackbird

Bye Bye Blackbird (Jun 10 2020 12:29pm) - about 10 months ago

Bye Bye Blackbird (Jun 07 2020 7:10pm) - about 10 months ago

Cant You Dance the Polka

The audio has slightly different (and more) verses but it will show you how the melody goes and a feel for the rhythm of the song.

Cant You Dance the Polka (Jun 10 2020 12:34pm) - about 10 months ago

Cant You Dance The Polka (Jun 07 2020 7:25pm) - about 10 months ago

Come to the Fair

The audio performance is sung by a women's ensemble and pitched somewhat higher than we would sing it. However, the tempo and energy is what we want to achieve in our performances.

Come to the Fair (Aug 04 2020 9:31pm) - about 8 months ago

Come to The Fair (Jun 08 2020 11:19am) - about 10 months ago

Funiculi Funicula

Funiculi, Funicula was originally written in Italian, in 1880, and is a favourite with opera singers. This recording is in English, fortunately!

Funiculi Funicula (Aug 04 2020 9:40pm) - about 8 months ago

Funiculi Funicula (Jun 07 2020 10:26pm) - about 10 months ago

Happy Days Are Here Again

Straight out of the end of the Great Depression, Happy Days are Here Again's very title says it all!

Happy Days are Here Again (Aug 05 2020 4:33pm) - about 8 months ago

Happy Days are Here Again (Jun 08 2020 10:47am) - about 10 months ago

Hippopotamus Song

The live recording doesn't include the last verse, which was actually written later. The Russian chorus is in reference to the intro (which has been edited out for length). We'll be singing the whole song in English!

Hippopotamus Song (Short Intro) (Jun 10 2020 11:52am) - about 10 months ago

Hippopotamus Song (Jun 08 2020 10:42am) - about 10 months ago

Ise the By That Builds the Boat

This classic song is Newfoundland at its rollickingest. It's all about the fishing life in small-village Newfoundland. Fogo, Twillingate and Morton's Harbour do form a circuit that fisermen would follow.

I'se The B'y (Aug 05 2020 4:50pm) - about 8 months ago

Ise the BY that Builds the Boat (Jun 08 2020 10:57am) - about 10 months ago

I Believe (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Lord of the Dance

Pretty much every Celtic band around sings this song. The tune is a very old Shaker tune, "Simple Gifts", but these words were written by Sydney Carter in 1963.

Lord of the Dance (Aug 05 2020 4:59pm) - about 8 months ago

Lord of the Dance (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Love Changes Everything

The audio is the piano acompaniment, with the sung part played by a French horn so you can learn the melody. The song is from the musical Aspects of Love; the music is by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the words are by Charles Hart and Don Black.

Love Changes Everything (Jun 07 2020 10:03pm) - about 10 months ago

Love Changes Everything (Jun 08 2020 11:34am) - about 10 months ago

Matchstalk Men (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Perhaps Love (Jan 21 2020 6:43am) - about 1 year ago

Rivers Of Babylon (Jan 29 2020 11:44am) - about 1 year ago

Encores

These are energetic crowd pleasers that we know well and can easily add to the end of any show.

A Tour of Europe (Jun 07 2020 3:30pm) - about 10 months ago

Delaneys Donkey (Jun 07 2020 10:16pm) - about 10 months ago

Forty Second Street (Dec 15 2019 11:32am) - about 1 year ago

Fun Stuff

The songs in this section are not intended for performance. They're just fun vocal pieces to give us a bit of a challenge when things get boring!

Tallis Canon - partition (Jun 08 2020 11:36am) - about 10 months ago

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