Singing for Remembrance

Cottenham’s amazing Tyrannochorus choir, with its wide variety of ages, held a concert at All Saints’ Church on the Saturday after Armistice Day. Its purpose was remembrance, particularly of what happened in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, but also for all those who died in other wars of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Siobhan Lihoreau’s choir is known as Tyrannochorus and is made up of three parts. The older ones are Big Mouth, the teenagers are Vox Pop and the little ones are Tongue Twisters and all made moving contributions to the hour-long concert which included modern music of composers like Howard Goodall, James Taylor and Paul Mealor whose ‘Wherever You Are’, sung by the wives of serving men, was a Christmas hit two years ago. Pete Churchill’s ’Shame on You’ was about one of the effects of war, refugees seeking safety and those who turn away. Tim Lihoreau’s ‘I will always remember’ was very touching.

The pews were full and Siobhan invited everyone to join in the choruses of ‘Now is the Hour’, the Maori Farewell Song – sung first in Maori by a Vox Pop and then in the English version – and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ written by Welshman Ivor Novello.

Two poems were particularly poignant. ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen who was shot and killed, aged 25, in November 1918 – the news reaching his parents in Britain as the bells of the Armistice were ringing out on 11 November. ‘Just Twenty One’ by Robert Kiely remembers Afghanistan in 2011and the burial ground where the soldier remains just 21.

Refreshments were served to the appreciative audience and a collection taken, raising an impressive £650 for the charity Help for Heroes.

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Tyrannochorus choir at All Saints’s Church Cottenham

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Tyrannochorus remembrance recital at All Saints’s Church Cottenham

My trip to London to sing at The Royal Albert Hall

Sunday July 10th, 2016 By Olivia Joan Morris age 7 

I am very excited because today I’m going to The Royal Albert Hall in London to sing Carmina Burana with my choir Tongue Twisters!  I packed my bag and set off to Cottenham Primary School where I got on the coach and off we went.

The coach ride was very exciting.  I sat at the front of the coach with Kirsty and Felicity.  Kirsty and I liked colouring in my colouring books to help pass the time.  I looked out of the window into London.  London is big and exciting with lots of restaurants.  After a long time of sitting and waiting we finally reached the Royal Albert Hall.

Tongue Twisters sing at the Royal Albert Hall

Tongue Twisters have their own dressing room at the Albert Hall

I was amazed!  The Royal Albert Hall was bigger than I thought.  Queen Victoria had a husband called Prince Albert and when he died she was so sad that she built the whole Royal Albert Hall and a memorial just for him.  When we got inside, Siobhan led us to our dressing room; it had our name on the door and was downstairs in a special place where the audience can’t go!    It was almost time for the rehearsal with Mr Chilcott the conductor so we all warmed up our voices.

Mr Chilcott is a famous conductor at the Royal Albert Hall.  He was very nice and encouraging and told us we were fabulous.  There were 1200 adults singing in the chorus and they sounded very loud but I could hear the second sopranos singing their high notes.

I looked around and saw the organ it was massive!  There were big pipes on it.   I felt very proud that I was singing at this wonderful place in London.  I looked down at the orchestra.  My favourite instruments were the violin, oboe and the harp.

After we had our rehearsal we went to have our lunch outside in Hyde Park at the Royal Albert Memorial.  I had my lunch and then me and some other people from my choir went to do some handstands and cartwheels, it was fun.

Tongue Twisters get centre billingWhen we walked to take our seats at our performance I felt nervous, but I knew that I would have fun.   I enjoyed when we were singing I felt even prouder than before because of all of these people that were watching me.  When we were singing I heard the second sopranos less but when we weren’t I could hear them very clearly.  I thought that the second sopranos were the highest people in the choir except for the soprano soloist.  When the last tune, which was called O Fortuna, was being played I felt sad because I knew that it was almost over.  When everyone did their round of applause I felt really proud of everyone in our choir.  I was so grateful for Siobhan and Tim for this amazing opportunity “O Fortuna velut luna statu variabilis!”

 

 

 

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TyrannoChorus

Three Cottenham choirs: TongueTwisters, VoxPop and bigMouth. They all rehearse and perform separately, coming together on occasions to form the award-winning group, singing a mix of rock and Rutter, jazz and Jenkins, folk and funk.

TongueTwisters

children are aged between 4 and 11 who meet to rehearse a varied repertoire – with the emphasis on ‘singing for fun’ – on Saturday lunchtimes. As well as performing locally, they are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals). They have been lucky enough to perform at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and just recently were the children’s choir in Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall.

VoxPop

is the older brother/sister to TongueTwisters. They meet on Thursday evenings to sing an eclectic mix of often bespoke arrangements, off the peg songs and even specially-commissioned originals. They are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals). They have also performed at West Road Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

—-“A very musical and accomplished group!” (*)—-(*judges comments re VP)

bigMouth

started in response to parents of the younger groups and has blossomed into a fine and dedicated collective of like minds. They meet each Thursday night and, like a fine wine, they improve with age. Post rehearsal, they decamp to the kitchen for a glass of woeful plonk, which does not.

Saffron Walden Building Society Community Choir

was started in response to a request from someone who heard TyrannoChorus. It has grown enormously since starting in 2012, singing their hearts out on Friday lunchtime and performing at a number of formal functions, impressing the directors of the Building Society.

Humming & Notes

is a primary school choir from Harston & Newton Primary school. They sing at lots of school events and in the community and have also reached the finals of the Music for Youth Festival. They have performed in Birmingham Symphony Hall and at the Corn Exchange as part of Britten’s Friday Afternoons project. Part of the choir also performed along with Tongue Twisters recently as the children’s choir in Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall.

Junior Prime Brass (JPB)

began in 2010 as a quintet for the children and pupils of Prime Brass and in 2011 developed into a brass dectet. The players, who are aged 15 to 18, are current or past members of the Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. Within the ensemble there are members of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, the Royal College of Music Junior Department, the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music, Britten Sinfonia Academy and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. JPB gives regular performances in King’s College Chapel and West Road Concert Hall. They have also appeared in the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Primary Proms series.

Tyrannochorus join The Really Big Chorus at the Albert Hall

On Sunday 10th July a group of Tyrannochorus choir members went to from Cottenham to London to sing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall.

TongueTwisters Children’s Choir (part of Tyrannochorus) were a sensation and sung their part beautifully; what an amazing experience for the children, their proud families and friends.

We were conducted by Bob Chilcott and The English Festival Orchestra played Peer Gynt Suite No 1 by Grieg and Romeo and Juliet Overture by Tchaikovsky.   After the interval, 1,000 voices came together to sing Carmina Burana and it was amazing to be part of it.

The Fen Edge Community Association kindly paid for our transport to and from London; we are so lucky to be part of such wonderful community which gives us so many great opportunities to develop and flourish.

Cathy Stableford – a member of the Big Mouth choir (part of Tyrannochorus)

Tyrannochorus Cottenham choir cheque presentationTongue Twisters get centre billingTongue Twisters sing at the Royal Albert Hall

Tyrannochorus - the audience take their seatsTThe 1000+ voices behind the 70 Strong English Festival OrchestraMr Chilcott conductor joining audience to give children a standing ovation

TyrannoChorus

Three Cottenham choirs: TongueTwisters, VoxPop and bigMouth which all rehearse and perform separately, coming together on occasions to form the award-winning group, singing a mix of rock and Rutter, jazz and Jenkins, folk and funk.

TongueTwisters

for children are aged between 4 and 11 who meet to rehearse a varied repertoire – with the emphasis on ‘singing for fun’ – on Saturday lunchtimes. As well as performing locally, they are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals) and have been lucky enough to perform at West Road, Cambridge and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

VoxPop

is the older brother/sister to TongueTwisters. They meet on Thursday evenings to sing an eclectic mix of often bespoke arrangements, off the peg songs and even specially-commissioned originals. They are veterans of the Music for Youth festival (in which they reached the finals) and have also performed at West Road Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

—-“A very musical and accomplished group!” (*)—-(*judges comments re VP)

bigMouth

started in response to parents of the younger groups and has blossomed into a fine and dedicated collective of like minds. They meet each Thursday night and, like a fine wine, they improve with age. Post rehearsal, they decamp to the kitchen for a glass of woeful plonk, which does not.