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Voice for Life Songbook 1

Songs to get your choir singing!

Voice for Life Songbook 1

Songs to get your choir singing!

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Music book


Publisher: RSCM Press
ISBN: F0110

The Voice for Life Songbook is a graded anthology of forty sacred and inspirational songs guaranteed to get your choir singing. Aimed at young people and adult singers at beginner and intermediate levels, it includes catchy warm-up songs, beautiful rounds and canons to help develop part-singing plus exciting new music in unison and two parts. With musical styles ranging from traditional church music to gospel and jazz, as well as songs from around the world, this volume will appeal to choirs of all ages, whether at church, school or in the community. It features pieces by established experts in the choral education field - including Bob Chilcott, Mike Brewer, Ken Burton, Alexander L’Estrange, Bazil Meade, Colin Mawby, Ronald Corp, Geoff Weaver and David Ogden - as well as fresh new works by up and coming young composers. Complete with photocopiable vocal parts for each piece and a demonstration CD, this anthology represents excellent value for money. And, as it also includes guidance on running a choir and training notes on each piece, this resource offers inspiration and ideas for any choir trainer looking to get the very best from their singers.



Rehearsals 6

Warm-ups 8

How to use the Voice for Life Songbook 12


Warm-up songs, rounds and canons


1 Amen, say Amen Ken Burton 16

2 Hallelu, hallelu Traditional arr. Esther Jones 18

3 Kyrie eleison Traditional arr. Esther Jones 20

4 When the Spirit of the Lord Traditional arr. Esther Jones 22

5 King of kings Hebrew folksong arr. Esther Jones 24

6 Shalom chaverim Hebrew folksong arr. Geoff Weaver 26

7 Rejoice in the Lord always Evelyn Tarner arr. Esther Jones 28

8 Don’t build your house on the sandy land Karen Lafferty arr. Esther Jones 30

9 Freedom train Spiritual 34

10 Now go in peace Traditional Caribbean arr. Michael Mair 36

11 Dona nobis pacem Traditional 38

12 Hallelujah4 Paul Ayres 40

13 Sing with me Ken Burton 45


Unison songs


14 Bring the children Bazil Meade 50

15 Now thank we all our God Joanna Marsh 53

16 The fruits of the land David Ogden 60

17 The Lord is my light John Bell 64

18 I will sing a song of love John Bell 68

19 A blessing for Mother’s Day Joanna Marsh 72

Unison with descant

20 O when the saints Spiritual arr. Esther Jones 80

21 Amazing grace Trad. arr. Esther Jones 84

22 Prayer of St Benedict Jon Payne 88

23 God the Singer David Ogden 95

24 A song of peace and joy Colin Mawby 102


Two parts and more


25 He came singing love Colin Gibson arr. Geoff Weaver 112

26 Unfi nished story Philip Godfrey 119

27 We rejoice to be God’s chosen John Bell 130

28 A prayer of St Richard of Chichester Richard Allain 138

29 For Mary, Mother of our Lord Simon Lole 145

30 You’re my friend Anthony Marks 153

31 May the road rise to meet you Alexander L’Estrange & Joanna Forbes 162

32 Give me strength Bob Chilcott 171

33 Give us light Charles Vas arr. Geoff Weaver 178

34 The spirit of the Lord Ronald Corp 185

35 He’s got the whole world in his hands Spiritual arr. Mike Brewer 194

36 If there is to be peace Richard Shephard 204

37 This little light of mine Spiritual arr. Robert Isaacs 210

38 Halle, halle, hallelujah! Traditional Caribbean arr. Leah Perona-Wright 218

39 I’m gonna sing Traditional African-American arr. Esther Jones 220

40 Sizohamba naye Traditional Swazi arr. Leah Perona-Wright 222