Welcome to this edition of the Your Accompanist Newsletter

As the season turns, we hope that you've enjoyed a great break and are looking forward to a September of superb singing. We've been busy too over the last few months but have finally found some time to say 'hello' again.

In this issue, we bring you a newsletter exclusive special offer, we introduce a new regular feature Singing on the Web and we wish a fond farewell to Dame Kiri's wonderful opera career.

In our latest Singer Profile, we'll be finding out a bit about a family doctor from Canada who reminds us why it's all important to make voice improvement a life long ambition.

We hope you'll find lots of interesting latest additions - you've asked for some fascinating songs! We're also pleased to announce the arrival of our Song Learning Packs.

Best wishes from

The Your Accompanist team

PS: If this is the first time you've received a newsletter from us, you might like to take a look at the Newsletter Archive. All our back issues available to view online. You can view them in the original format, or browse the article archive .


New to the catalogue

Anon (arr.Lehmann) Have You But Seen A White Lily Grow
Anon (attrib. J.Bull) My Country, 'Tis Of Thee (America)
Böhm Carl Still Wie Die Nacht (Calm As The Night)
Brahms Ich Stand Auf Hohem Berge
Caldara Selve Amiche, Ombrose Piante
Cui César Ya Vas Lyubliu (I loved You)
  Ya Vas Lyubliu-I Loved You (1:28)
Davies William O Na Byddai'n Haf O Hyd (O That Summer Smiled For Aye)
  Llwybr Yr Wyddfa
De Curtis Ernesto Torna A Surriento
  Torna A Surriento (high)
Debussy Romance
  C'est L'extase
Delius La Lune Blanche
Duparc Romance De Mignon
Durante Francesco Danza, Danza, Fanciulla Gentile
Evans D.Pugh Yr Hen Cerddor (The Old Minstrel)
Fauré Gabriel À Clymène
  Arpège
  La Fée Aux Chansons (high)
  La Fée Aux Chansons (high)(slower)
La Fée Aux Chansons (low)
  Le Parfum Impérissable
  Nell (mezzo)
Ford Thomas Since First I Saw Your Face
Franz Mädchen Mit Dem Roten Mundchen
  Aus Meinen Grossen Schmerzen
  Für Musik
Gluck O Del Mio Dolce Ardor (mezzo)
  O Del Mio Dolce Ardor (high)
Gounod Ah! Lève-toi, Soleil
Handel Lord, To Thee Each Night And Day (full version)
  Recit: He That Dwelleth In Heaven
  Se Pietà Di Me Non Senti
Harker How Beautiful Upon the Mountains (solo version)
Henry John Gwlad Y Delyn (Land Of The Harp)
Holst Lullay My Liking
Hughes R S Arafa Don
Kennedy-Fraser An Eriskay Love Lilt (high)
  An Eriskay Love Lilt (low)
Massenet Ouvres Tes Yeux Bleus
Morley Thomas I Saw My Lady Weeping
Mozart Ah! Fuggi Il Traditor
Parry Joseph Y Ddau Wladgarwyr (The Two Patriots)
Purcell Ah Belinda
  Recit:Thy Hand Belinda
Schumann Es Treibt Mich Hin (high)
  Es Treibt Mich Hin (low)
  Ich Wandelte Unter Den Bäumen (high)
  Ich Wandelte Unter Den Bäumen (low)
  Lieb' Liebchen, Leg's Händchen
  Warte Warte Wilder Schiffmann (high)
  Warte Warte Wilder Schiffmann (low)
Scott John Prindle Come Ye Blessed
Tchaikovsky Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt (None But The Lonely Heart)
  Serenade (Opus 63 No.6)
  Strashnaya Minuta (The Fearful Moment)
Tosti Ave Maria
  Ici-bas
  La Serenata
  L'Ultima Canzone
Viardot Pauline Hai Luli
New Hymns
Anon Bring Flowers Of The Rarest
Anon Maria Zu Lieben
Anon The Lourdes Hymn
Hemy Henri Daily, Daily
Hemy Henri Stella
Hemy Henri This Is The Image
Richardson J Holy Rosary
Terry Sir R R Ave Maria (Hymntune)

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September Special: 15% off of all orders this month!

15% off stickerOur customers tell us that September is the time when they start to think most about singing: it's the start of the new school year, the harvest festival is on the way, many people take part in the the autumn concert season, and some are very wisely planning early for the winter festival. To help you with all that and more, we're giving you 15% off all purchases in the month of September.

To claim your discount, simply enter the code...

...in the coupon box as part of the check out process.

This is an exclusive offer for our newsletter subscribers, but we won't mind at all if you pass the code on to your friends! Offer ends 30th September 2009.

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Singer Profile: Dorothy Haswell

Dorothy HaswellAs we've been producing YourAccompanist rehearsal tracks over the last few years, we've had lots of lovely feedback from people all over the world who love singing for pleasure. One such person was Dorothy Haswell: I'm 70 years old - have sung all my life and still study with a teacher - I sing all sorts of music - classical with my teacher, 'shape note' with a local group and popular (1st half of 20th century) with a band for whom I also play bass guitar'. She sounded such a lot like our kind of girl, we decided to delve a little deeper, and asked her to share some of her passion with us and tell us a little more about her musical recreation and work...

So, tell us a bit about how you got into singing?

My mother sang as she moved around the house – I remember singing along with her as I became familiar with the words. I first remember singing in public at a large extended family party when I must have been about 6 years old. 

What do you like to sing? 

Currently I sing in a variety of genres – classical music with my singing teacher, country and popular music with a band called HighWay 6 and lately I’ve been singing ‘shape note’ songs with a local group.

In the past I have been part of different choirs singing oratorio.

Who or what is your biggest musical influence?

Originally, my mother who sang and my father who played piano for me. Then came all the music in school and the choirs that have formed a large part of my leisure activities.

Have you taken part in any performances lately?

HighWay 6 applied for and was given a grant to choose, record and perform songs and music for folks with memory impairment. We recorded 2 cds of music selected from suggestions made by focus groups of elderly people, some of whom have memory impairment e.g. Alzheimer’s disease.

Read the full interview

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Let's make beautiful music together

Find YourAccompanist on YouTubeWe love to see how people all over the world are singing along to our rehearsal tracks. While we cannot give permission for use of our tracks in commercial recording projects, if you'd like to make a recording and post it on YouTube, all we ask is that you make friends with us, and refer to the full web address of our website in the description of the video.

Then, drop us a line to let us know it's there, and we'll add you to the playlist. If you don't have a YouTube account, we'll upload it for you.

Whatever kind of singing you enjoy, alone or with others, you'll find your favourite public domain songs in our catalogue. We cover a wide range of singing styles: classical to traditional; lullabies to lieder; operetta to art song; nursery rhymes to shanties and sea songs; oratorio to music hall. We've got over 1300 titles to choose from. So, get rehearsing and recording, and get in touch!

http://www.youtube.com/YourAccompanist

Here are a few hints for getting great results from your video: Tips on making a YouTube Video

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Issue 9
September 2009


In this issue:
What's new to the catalogue?
New! YourAccompanist Song Learning Packs
September Special Offer
Singing on the web
Singer Profile: Dorothy Haswell
Kiri announces retirement from opera
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Let's swap links!
Revised terms and conditions
How are we doing?
About Your Accompanist



New! YourAccompanist Song Learning Packs

Song Learning Packs logoYour Accompanist Song Learning Packs are now live in the catalogue: You get the accompaniment track, and solo and accompanied voice line MP3s in one easy download for the cost of just two downloads from our standard catalogue.

We've got 14 packs to start the ball rolling, and we're completely open to hearing your suggestions about which songs we should add to the selection. Don't hesitate to get in touch with your requests!

Bach-Gounod Ave Maria
Brahms Ich Stand Auf Hohem Berge
Capel J M Love Could I Only Tell Thee
Gabriel Fauré Après Un Rêve
Arpège
Nell (mezzo)
Noël
Pie Jesu (low)
Soir
Sonntag
Handel The Trumpet Shall Sound
Mozart Voi Che Sapete
Schubert Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen
Thomas Morley I Saw My Lady Weeping

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Singing on the web

Live and recorded broadcasts

There's been a wave of opera companies taking their performances to the web over the last 6 months. The Royal Opera House in the UK and the New York Met are just two of the companies investing in developing online audiences and stunning rich media experiences.

It could be time to chuck out your television!

Met Player and Live in HD

Visit the Metropolitan Opera online

Royal Opera House

Visit the Royal Opera House online video player

ps: If you're out and about on the internet and you discover a site that singers would love, or you look after one yourself, let us know and we'll feature it in a future newsletter.

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Kiri Ti Kanawa announces her retirement from opera

News that Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is to retire from the opera stage after her final performance as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier in Koln April 2010 will be met with understanding by opera-lovers - albeit, tinged with some sadness. She herself, at 65 years young admits that opera is exhausting work.

For the last 40 years, her glorious voice has delighted audiences worldwide and we're happy to know that she will still be giving recitals and touring.

Her public also will be reassured to hear that she intends to continue with her work in training the opera stars of tomorrow through the Solti Academy and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Here she presents one of our favourite performances of one of our favourite pieces: Nell by Fauré:

Get the accompaniment

Learn the song

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Feedback please

If you've enjoyed this issue of the newsletter, if there's something you'd like us to talk about in the future, if you've got a question you think we could answer or a singing tip you'd like to share with others, please let us know. Use our online contact form:
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Let's swap links!

Do you have a singing-related website that you'd like to share with more people? Drop us a line and we'll include you on our links page.

It could be your personal singing portfolio, a blog about singing, your voice studio, choir or association website of some kind.

We don't mind where you are in the world, all we ask is that it's singing-related and you link back to us.

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Revised terms and conditions

We've recently revised our terms & conditions to increase the flexibility you have in using our tracks for non-commercial use. This means that you can now perform or record yourself using Your Accompanist tracks for personal use, or charity and not-for-profit projects without having to ask our permission. We'd still love to hear about what you're doing with them, and we'd be happy to publicise your charitable work in our newsletter.

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About Your Accompanist

We make real piano rehearsal tracks for singers.

All tracks are recorded by a real pianist on a real piano in a single take. You download them directly to your PC in MP3 format. They can then be transferred directly to any portable MP3 player (such as an iPod or, Sony MP3 walkman, Archos box or iRiver), or burned to CD.

They are ideal for soloists, ensembles, choirs and classrooms, for those who sing professionally, recreationally or secretly.

The quality of the musicianship and sensitivity of the performances means that the accompaniments make great listening, even for those who don't sing along.

Our catalogue covers a large part of the standard repertoire and is growing all the time. We bring you a wide variety of genres and composers, and aim to cater for all vocal ranges and levels of proficiency. Each track can be sampled on the site so you can be sure you've got the piece you want.

We believe very strongly in the importance of music in education, and have a great deal of experience in the field. We hope to support music teachers, promote singing in the classroom and provide an effective low cost solution for singing teaching situations where good quality live accompaniment is not readily available.

All of our tracks are available for instant download, so if we've already got the piece you want, there's no need to wait for a CD via post. If you'd like something we don't already have, or you need it in a different key, let us know. If it's in the public domain and we can get hold of the music, we could have it online for you quite quickly.

Read more in our User Guide: www.youraccompanist.com/userguide.

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