Dancing Day

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Dancing Day is a project for Christmas 2016 which makes a brand new Christmas carol by Jamie W. Hall available for free and without any limitations to choirs everywhere who will then use their performances to support the amazing work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

VISIT www.justgiving.com/dancingday TO MAKE YOUR DONATION

Sleep, my Jesu is an accessible and beautiful Christmas lullaby for unaccompanied SATB and is available for SSAA or in transposition for ATBarB, as well as in a version for unison voices with piano or organ accompaniment.

CLICK HERE to see the score, HERE for the SSAA version, HERE for the ATBarB version, HERE for the TTBB version, HERE for the unison/accompanied version in the original key, or HERE for the same version transposed down a whole tone in D flat.

UPDATE: The tenor line is an important part of Sleep, My Jesu, and some choirs don’t have quite enough tenors but plenty of everything else. Here’s a version with all the same notes but it divides the basses and altos in places to cover all the tenor notes. So with few tenors or none you can still achieve the correct balance of parts. There is also an alternative soprano 2 part on the second page if the balance is a little top-heavy. Download this version HERE.

UPDATE: Community choirs can now get in on the action with this version of the carol for SAB with piano accompaniment created by Robert Cross. Click HERE to see this version in the original key or HERE for a version down a whole tone in D flat.

If you would like a note-learning tool, this YouTube playlist created by the Will Hay -conductor of Caldy Valley Voices- contains MIDI recordings with each part isolated.

Hear a fantastic performance here from The Queen’s Six.

 Sleep, my Jesu, sleep – Safe in thy manger bed,

Mother her watch to keep, Cattle to warm the shed.

Shepherds gazing wonderingly – Angels singing joyfully,

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Mother’s arms to cradle you, Mother’s voice singing…

Sleep, my Jesu, sleep – safe from all thoughts of the grave,

Mother to watch and to weep, all of mankind to save.

Washed our souls of Adam’s stain – Angels sing their glad refrain,

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Mother’s arms to cradle you, Mother’s voice singing Lully Lulla.

Using this piece you can raise funds in whatever way is best for you and there is no minimum donation but we’d obviously like you to be as generous as you can.

Singing new music is an exciting part of every choir’s experience and well worth the small cost of buying copies but here the music is free so that you can support this fantastic charity at no extra cost to you or your choir, and that means more money for Macmillan! Visit their website to learn more about the work they do. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

So what next? Simply download the PDF of the carol and the rest is up to you. There’s no sign-up, no conditions, no rules… I just want you to enjoy singing it and get on with raising those all-important funds.

I’d love to hear about your performances through my Twitter feed [@JWHallBaritone], and you can make donations via the Just Giving Page at any time up to January 31st 2017 or afterwards direct to Macmillan.

 


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Here’s where the idea for Dancing Day came from.

“Last year I found myself having a text conversation with a friend whose mother – a delightful nonagenarian with severe dementia – was in hospital in a really very serious condition. I remembered meeting her some time before that and her repeatedly telling me how much she loves to dance, and I found the famous Christmas carol text Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day going round and round my head – So much so that I set to writing my own version.

          With my finished ditty in hand it didn’t feel right to simply publish it in the usual way so, on a whim and with no real plan in mind, I offered it to a few choirs for free, suggesting they might like to donate to Dementia UK in honour of my friend’s mum.

          I was both stunned and gratified when the piece not only received several performances and even a radio broadcast on Christmas Day, but more importantly that it raised several hundred pounds for a deserving charity.

          So when I found myself putting pen to paper again in the wake of the sudden loss of a member of my own choral society to prostate cancer, I decided once again to allow my carol to be printed and performed for free, this time in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

So now I need your help. I am asking choirs to pledge a performance of my new carol Sleep, My Jesu, as part of a concert, a church service, carol singing at the hospital or even down the pub, or even just an informal performance as part of your usual rehearsal session, but the important thing is that you then make a donation to this brilliant charity through my Just Giving page.

Whether it be a share of your ticket sales, a bucket collection, an informal whip-round amongst choir members or just an individual donation, however large or small, every penny will help the work of Macmillan Cancer Support and – I hope – make this Christmas just a little bit brighter for people going through the trauma of cancer.

We all love singing together, especially at Christmas. How wonderful if this year our singing helps give a very real gift to a person at their time of greatest need. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

So please take this carol and use it however you like this Christmas, remembering to visit the Just Giving page, our Twitter feed and our Facebook page.”

Happy Singing! Jamie x

VISIT www.justgiving.com/dancingday TO MAKE YOUR DONATION


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