Text below from Voices of Hope facebook page.
‘Kiss the Bairns’ composed by Jessica Curry commissioned for the Centenary of World War One by the Northern Regional Brass Band Trust and Durham County Council for ‘Durham Hymns’.
‘Kiss the Bairns’ is based on a letter written by Shildon born soldier Joseph Furness who joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1906. He served first with the 2nd Battalion but joined the 10th Battalion when war broke out, and was promoted to sergeant. He died in 1915 while on active duty.
Five months before his death, Joseph wrote a letter to his wife, Annie, which was to be delivered in the event of his death. “I am awfully sorry to leave you like this, Dearie, buried away in a foreign land. I am also sorry to be the means of causing you pain. The only request I have to make under the circumstances is that you don't grieve too much about me. And my last wish is that you marry again if you find anyone you think worthy of taking my place. You are still quite young and it would be a shame to spoil your life for a memory. You might kiss the bairns goodbye for me...”
The "Stay At Home Choir with The King's Singers". This is a beautiful rendition of the Billy Joel song we also sing.
If you want to follow/get involved with "The Stay at Home Choir" you need to register at https://stayathomechoir.com/
Their next project is with The Swingles.
"Like A Rainbow Shining" by Will Todd.
A lovely song by local composer and musician Will Todd. Choirs can access free resources to sing this in the future.
Our Codebreaker Project
Just in case anyone interested - this was released on Sunday when Newcastle Choral Society should have done a Sage concert and we’re releasing another one on VE Day.
Click on this link to hear the birdsong from one one of our evening walks.
From Ron - A Short Note
Hi all, We are OK staying safe going out for walks keeping our distance, have been on YouTube singing along to some of our pieces (in my head I might note) also finding new ones. Stay safe everyone.
(a term we’re now hating)
and find that there’s plenty to do:
we’ve each read a book,
tried out new things to cook,
and paused now and then for a brew.
We’ve done some Sudoku
and emailed to folk who
we haven’t contacted for years.
We’ve painted a wall
and hoovered the hall,
the chairs, and the poor doggy’s ears.
We’ve sorted the books
and nailed up some hooks
and kept pretty busy each day.
But it’s time to record
that we’re now a bit bored…..
but watch daytime telly? – No way!
We’ll try some keep fit
(well maybe a bit!)
and we’ll sort out a jigsaw or two.
We’ll even try knitting,
and weather permitting
we might light our old barbecue.
We’ll go out for some air
whilst taking great care
to keep two full metres between us;
or risk driving the car
to the beach – it’s not far -
while hoping that no-one has seen us.
We’ll keep occupied
both out and inside
with any pursuits whatsoever.
But no matter how bored
you can all rest assured –
watch daytime TV? – no not ever!
© Cathy Barnes 30.03.2020
From Richard - Long lost songs
Sorry to be slow on the uptake but here goes. My threatened contribution (mainly for Tenors and Basses) on how to burn toast and fry an egg (essential skills, I know) will wait for another day.
However, all this talk of spring triggered my grey matter to recall some long lost songs which maybe a few will recall - Spring Comes Laughing is obvious but for a few it might be from the John Clare cantata for which I struggle to remember the right words but the Autumn part has something like 'The Spring is gone and Summer beauty fades like setting sunbeams in their last decline' . Then It was a lover and his lass.. and probably more - any offers??