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A group of us joined Jan who gave us good advice on deep breathing techniques to enable us to control our breath and use it in a way that will help to project our voices as well as adjust the volume.


It was interesting to hear how the different voices were projected down the room where some could be heard clearly while others could hardly be heard at all. A lot of this is confidence and having the courage to sing out and not be afraid of making a mistake; that is how we learn.


She will give us some more hints and tips over the coming weeks for those who are able to come three quarters of an hour early.


We sang through The Salley Gardens or Down by The Salley Gardens which is from a poem by William Butler Yeats.


Yeats indicated in a note that it was "an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballisodare, Sligo, who often sings them to herself.

The "old song" may have been the ballad The Rambling Boys of Pleasure which contains the following verse:

"Down by yon flowery garden my love and I we first did meet.

I took her in my arms and to her I gave kisses sweet

She bade me take life easy just as the leaves fall from the tree.

But I being young and foolish, with my darling did not agree."

The similarity to the first verse of the Yeats version is unmistakable and would suggest that this was indeed the song Yeats remembered the old woman singing. The rest of the song, however, is quite different.

It has been suggested that the location of the "Salley Gardens" was on the banks of the river at Ballysadare near Sligo where the residents cultivated trees to provide roof thatching materials. "Salley" or "sally" is a form of the Standard English word "sallow", i.e., a tree of the genus Salix. It is close in sound to the Irish word saileach, meaning willow.


Benjamin Britten: Salley Gardens Beautiful and moving


It is a beautifully arranged song and was remembered well from when we learned it back 2020.


We recapped Matthew & Son and Vincent. The sopranos Oohs seduced the Altos into joining them instead of singing their own part. This was soon remedied!


Then a break and glass of wine before tacking Asteroid!


Who remembers Pearl and Dean? Pearl & Dean, an advertising company formed in 1953 to sell advertising on British cinema screens prior to the showing of the main feature. The short adverts, quickly became familiar with British cinema audiences. Pearl and Dean also became known for their distinctive theme tune entitled Asteroid, composed in 1968 by Pete Moore The introduction of the new titles accompanied by the "Asteroid" theme saw the disappearance of the well known Grecian Pillars, with its music "Grand Vista" composed by Trevor Duncan.


The theme was sampled by Goldbug in their 1996 cover version of "Whole Lotta Love", which peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.


It was expected to be very challenging for In Flagrante choir with lots of Ahs and Ba ba bas! However, Eamonn told us not to look at the music and broke it down phrase by phrase and we, surprisingly, learned it quickly. Eamonn was thrilled to bits!


As we conquered Asteroid so quickly, we went through Mr. Blue Sky again. A lot of deep beathing is needed to sing this through this energetic song and we are gradually improving each time.

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One of our songs we sang at our March concert was Eamonn’s arrangement of You’ll Never Walk Alone.



"You'll Never Walk Alone" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Caousal. In the second act of the musical, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the protagonist Julie Jordan, sings, You'll Never Walk Alone to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, accidentally falls on to his knife whilst trying to run away after attempting a robbery with his mate Jigger and dies in her arms.


Besides the recordings of the song on the Carousel cast albums and the film soundtrack, the song has been recorded by many artists, with notable hit versions made by Roy Hamilton, Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Billy Eckstine, Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Regine Velasquez, Lee Towers, Judy Garland, Gene Vincent, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, The Brooklyn Bridge, Olivia Newton-John and Doris Day.



You'll Never Walk Alone is also sung at association football clubs around the world, where it is performed by a massed chorus of supporters on match day; this tradition developed at Liverpool F.C. after the chart success of the 1963 single of the song by the local Liverpool group, Gerry and the Pacemakers

In 1990, at the Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert at Wembley Stadium, London, the audience spontaneously broke out into a mass rendition "You'll Never walk Alone". Mandela turned to Adelaide Tambo who accompanied him onto the stage and asked what the song was. She replied, "A football song"


American singer Barbra Streisand performed this song in a surprise appearance at the close of the 2001 Emmy Awards, in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks


Pandemic-2020


In some areas of the UK and Europe, "You'll Never Walk Alone" became the anthem of support for medical staff, first responders, and those in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 2020

Marcus Mumford- You'll Never Walk Alone Filmed in Isolation during the Coronavirus Pandemic. All proceeds to Grenfell Foundation and War Child UK.


Hero, Inspiration and Beacon of Hope: Tributes poured In for Captain Tom Moore.

On 6th April at the age of 99 Captain Sir Tom Moore began his epic walk. To mark the 100th length, together with the singer Michael Ball sang, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' live on BBC Breakfast Within 24 hours, the performance was made into a digital single featuring the NHS Voices of Care Choir, and Moore's spoken words.

He raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden,












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As In Flagrante is growing in numbers, so are the expectations from Eamonn by arranging more challenging pieces for us to perform.


We now have a very balanced choir with enough voices in each section to make a wonderful sound. However, once we have learned the right notes to sing, it is the timing that is critical and putting some rhythm into it too.


Eamonn is keen to have some jazzy moments and recommends imagining shoulder dips etc to get the sound, but we will NEVER, EVER be a choir with choreography!!!!


Matthew and Son need some Disney silliness in the do dn dos to give contrast to the plodding going to work train rhythm in the opening verse and then frenetic working each day.


It is a demanding song where the words don’t quite fit the music and needs to have rhythm in the spaces too.


Building with excitement is essential. Eamonn was so enthusiastic he had to check his metronome to get his timing right!


Vincent was our next challenge a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is often erroneously titled after its opening refrain, "Starry, Starry Night", a reference to Van Gogh's 1889 painting The Starry Night.


Again, timing is important and it is such a well known song it can lead to karaoke tendencies. It needs to be more choral in its sound so everyone is singing at the same rhythm.


Altos and sopranos with their Oohs to sound like a choir of angels.


It didn’t quite make the cut for our last concert, however, we will ensure it is included in our next one on 14 July.


Mr Blue Sky and Those Were the Days were also run through. Again, both full or energy and storytelling with techniques to get the different moods of the verses and to make them sound interesting so our audience is enraptured.


We do have backing tracks to listen to and it is recommended that we listen to them each day to embed the timings and rhythms in our heads over the next couple of weeks so we will be perfect when we meet again on 10 May.









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