The Bird Song

This update of a Folksong first published in a book called ‘Songs from the Hills of Vermont’ in 1919, has everything you would expect from a folksong, but it is supported by a wonderfully sparse piano part that really helps to put the narrative at the forefront.

Vocal difficulty: 2 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 3 of 5
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This playlist is a chance to make some noise, work together, explore your voices and find that special unity that can only come from singing as a group. 

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Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charlotte Brosnan shares some performance skills tips.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charles MacDougall shows us some techniques on how to encourage your singers to sing more smoothly, with legato.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charlotte Brosnan and Dominic Ellis-Peckham demonstrate some techniques to help with singing high notes.

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Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.

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Song Credits

Music by
Nico Muhly

Words by
Anon. Taken from 'The Bird's Counting Song' from 'The Songs of the Hills of Vermont'

Performance track:
Singers: National Youth Choir of Great Britan Girls' Youth Choir
Conductor: Rachel Staunton
Accompanist: Dan Moriyama
Backing track:
Piano Backing Tracks: Nathan Williamson