Cuckoo!

Jane Taylor’s charming lyrics for Cuckoo! showcase the passing of the year and the migration habits of the cuckoo. In 2 parts, Britten uses a descending major third motif to mimic the sound of the cuckoo whilst the melody line soars freely around it.

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A video about Britten's childhood.

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A video about Britten's Early Works.

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Our Friday Afternoons Ambassadors show us how to articulate our vowels when we are singing.

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

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Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by
Jane Taylor - 'Tom Tiddler's Ground' - Walter de la Mare

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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