Alan Simmons Music
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On Thursday 26th February 2015 – 14.00 – We will be holding our publisher reading session.
Alan will be leading the session, named

SING WE TO THIS MERRY COMPANY

The music he has chosen is, what can only be described as uplifting!
NOWELL FOR THE MERRIE CITIE
Based on medieval words “Sing we to this merry company” Plenty of rhythm and life to this rousing Christmas song.
A FLOWER IN WINTER
Try this in your Christmas concert if you want a calm reflective moment. Its haunting melodic setting provides an enticing mood that sounds vocally advanced, but is actually technically within the grasp of most choirs.
DECK THE HALL
This carol may date back 1877, but this arrangement is definitely up-to-date! A rousing start will have your audience sitting up in their seats, and there are some lovely surprises hidden in the arrangement. With a jazzy Gershwin-style middle verse. Lots of fun to sing.
ITALIAN PIPERS CAROL
You may recognise the tune of this original Italian carol from “Bambino” by The Springfields, but this choral arrangement brings new effective vocal writing. With English words and brimming with vibrant rhythm, this carol has a real festive feel. It will become a favourite with your choir.
JOY TO THE WORLD
This rousing anthem starts with gusto – and continues the same way. The choral arrangement has flair, but the real fun is saved for the accompanist! With a tapestry of songs woven through the tune – see if you can name them all!
ONE MORE TO COUNT
Christmas concerts tend to be celebration and joy, this one is much more thought provoking. The profoundly engaging text asks important questions and challenges what we have learned from the Christmas story in the 21st century. Beautiful harmonies – a reflective piece for your concert.
SEE AMID THE WINTER SNOW
Widely acknowledged as one of the best Christmas carols ever, ”See, Amid The Winter’s Snow”, also known as “Hymn For Christmas Day” was written by Edward Caswall and Sir John Goss in the 19th Century. This wonderful arrangement combines accessible harmonies and dramatic piano accompaniment.
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
The original words, but a new tune, that provides a refreshing change from the traditional version.
THEY DON’T WRITE ‘EM LIKE THAT ANYMORE
Inspired by the great age of swing, this was written for Alan’s second wife, Eileen. It looks longingly back at the past and suggests that everything has been done as well as it could possibly be done. ‘They don’t write ‘em like that’ the song tells us, quoting many references from the musical past. By the end of the song, however, there comes a revelation that maybe they do!
WHENEVER I’M HERE WITH YOU
Written in a swing-style this is the ultimate love song for you to perform. Clever lyrics and a playful interaction between the parts mean that it’s important to concentrate on timing and clarity, but it is worth it, because there’s a twist at the end that makes it the perfect concert piece! ‘When I see you our there, there’s love in the air’ gives you a clue, that at the end we discover that we are not singing to a long-time love – but in fact to the audience.
NELSON MANDELA – ACROSS THE SKIES
A tribute to one of the world’s great men. A South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Nelson Mandela was a man who really did make the world a better place. The arrangement is slightly challenging – especially at the key changes. Close harmonies and interesting rhythm make this a truly wonderful piece to sing. A fitting tribute.
BRING BACK THE BEGUINE
Inspired by the great age of swing – you’ll recognise the references. Written because there is so little written in the Great American Songbook style – here’s a song to redress the balance.

To find out more, visit Booth 7014 or join us at 14.00 on Thursday in Room 150-G