Welcome to this edition of the Your Accompanist newsletter!

It's been a busy quarter for us: we've added more than 250 tracks to the catalogue since Christmas, as well as producing more than 50 customised recordings, we've added an RSS feed of our latest additions, we've been the Operagasm website of the week and we've been growing our Facebook fan base... but most importantly of all, we've celebrated our 3rd Birthday!

The time has absolutely flown by and we'd like to say a really big thank you to those of you who've been helping us to improve our website through your custom, feedback and track suggestions over the years. If you'd like to form part of the focus group about some forthcoming changes to the site, we'd love to hear from you!

In this issue...

This issue is jam-packed as usual: we've a round up of the latest additions to the catalogue, we profile a singing group from sundrenched Martinique, we announce the arrival of our Latest Additions RSS feed, and we take inspiration from a sublime performance by the tender Rolando Villazon.

You can also get to know the man behind the all the accompaniments on our site, bring you some the singing-related web activity, and offer some suggestions for keeping the kids occupied on a rainy afternoon.

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.

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New to the catalogue

We've been so busy adding to the catalogue since our Spring newsletter, there are simply too many tracks to list here. Here are some highlights, and the full list is on our website.

New in Choral
Purcell Dido & Aeneas Chorus Accompaniments
Purcell Dido & Aeneas Choruses - Alto
Purcell Dido & Aeneas Choruses - Bass
Verdi Va Pensiero Sull' Ali Dorate (Speed Your Journey)
 
New Collections
Schubert Schubert: Die Winterreise (extra low keys)
Concone Concone Starter Pack for Fifty Lessons
 
New Hymns
Milgrove B Mount Ephraim
Monk W H All Things Bright And Beautiful
Stainer Sir John Sebaste (Hail, Gladdening Light)
Gardiner's Sacred Melodies Belmont (By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill)
Ufford E S Throw Out The Lifeline
 
New Learning Packs
Fauré Gabriel La Chanson Du Pêcheur (Song Learning Pack)
Fauré Gabriel Hymne (Song Learning Pack)
 
New songs by various composers
Anon The Foggy Dew
Anon Al Lê Die Berge Nog So Blou
Anon The Leprechaun
Anon Skye Boat Song (Over The Sea To Skye)
Bach J S Mache Dich Mein Herz
Bach J S Buss Und Reu
Bach J S Halleluja (Cantata BWV 29)
Bach J S Bleibt Ihr Engel (Cantata BWV19)
Barnes & Cobb Goodbye, Dolly Gray
Beethoven Adelaide (low)
Bizet Ouvre ton Coeur (Sérénade Espagnol)
Bizet Je Crois Entendre
Brahms Wie Melodien Zieht Es Mir (low)
Costa Sir Michael The Morning Prayer (Lord, From My Bed)
Costa Sir Michael I Will Extol Thee, O Lord
Danks H P Silver Threads Among The Gold
Delibes Bonjour, Suzon! (low)
Delibes Bonjour, Suzon! (high)
Delibes Les Filles De Cadiz
Donaudy O Del Mio Amato Ben (high)
Donaudy O Del Mio Amato Ben (mezzo)
Donaudy Spirate Pur, Spirate
Donaudy Vaghissima Sembianza
Dowland Tell Me, True Love
Dvořák Als Die Alte Mutter (high)
Dvořák Als Die Alte Mutter (mezzo)
Dvořák Als Die Alte Mutter (low)
Dvořák Goin' Home (Largo from Symphony No. 9)
Elgar In Haven
Elgar Ave Verum
Foster Stephen If You've Only Got A Moustache
Franck César Le Mariage Des Roses
Gaul A R Eye Hath Not Seen
German Sir Edward O Love That Rulest
German Sir Edward O Peaceful Night
Gibbons Orlando Song 1 (Eternal Ruler Of The Ceaseless Round)
Gibbons Orlando The Silver Swan
Gounod Si Le Bonheur À Sourire T'Invite
Gounod Que Fais-Tu, Blanche Tourterelle (3:40)
Gounod Que Fais-Tu, Blanche Tourterelle (2:30)
Gounod Recit: Depuis Hier Je Cherche
Granados El Majo Timido (The Shy Lover)
Granados Amor Y Odio (Love And Hate)
Granados El Mirar De La Maja (The Lover's Glance)
Grieg Solvejgs Lied (Solveig's Song)
Hasse Johann Adolf La Tua Virtù Mi Dice
Haydn Johann Michael Die Sach' Ist Dein, Herr Jesu Christ
Haydn Joseph An Die Freundschaft
Haydn Joseph The Wanderer (Der Umherirrende)
Haydn Joseph Lachet Nicht, Mädchen
Haydn Joseph Liebes Mädchen, Hör' Mir Zu
Haydn Joseph Lob Der Faulheit
Haydn Joseph The Mermaid's Song (Die Seejungfer)
Hughes R S Elen Fwyn
Hughes R S Llam Y Cariadau (Lovers' Leap)
Hughes R S Wyt Ti'n Cofio'r Lloer
Josquin des Prez El Grillo
Massenet Pourquoi Me Reveiller
McGeoch Daisy Two Eyes Of Grey
Molloy J L  Loves Old Sweet Song (mezzo)
Molloy J L  Love's Old Sweet Song (high)
Monckton Lionel Mr Jeremiah Esquire
Moore Thomas O Breathe Not His Name
Moore Thomas O Blame Not The Bard
Mussorgsky Monologue (I Have Attained Power)
Nevin Ethelbert Mighty Lak' A Rose
Nevin Ethelbert The Rosary
Parry Orlando John Norah The Pride Of Kildare
Parry Sir C.H.H. My True Love Hath My Heart
Parry Sir C.H.H. Good Night
Puccini Non La Sospiri La Nostra Casetta
Puccini Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta?
Ronald Sir Landon O Lovely Night
Rossini Il Vecchiotto Cerca Moglie
Rossini Una Voce Poco Fa
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Schumann Der Nussbaum (low)
Silcher Wohin Mit Der Freud
Stanford Charles Villiers My Love's An Arbutus
Strauss Johann Mein Herr Marquis (The Laughing Song)
Sullivan Sir Arthur The Long Day Closes
Sullivan Sir Arthur O Hush Thee, My Babie
Tchaikovsky Don Juan's Serenade
Tosti Ancora
Tosti Lungi (Lungi, lungi su l'ali del canto)
Tosti Marechiare
Tosti Amore!
Verdi Addio Del Passato
Verdi Stride La Vampa (3:05)
   
New Gilbert and Sullivan
Sullivan Sir Arthur Young Man Despair
Sullivan Sir Arthur A More Humane Mikado (The Mikado's Song)
Sullivan Sir Arthur The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring
Sullivan Sir Arthur Alone And Yet Alive-The Living I (Katisha's Song)
   
New Fauré
Fauré Gabriel Nell (high)
Fauré Gabriel Hymne
Fauré Gabriel Le Voyageur
   
New Handel
Handel Take The Heart You Fondly Gave
Handel Take The Heart You Fondly Gave (historic pitch)
Handel Leave Me Loathsome Light
   
New Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn Die Nonne (The Nun)
Mendelssohn Entsagung (Resignation)
Mendelssohn Ferne (Afar)
Mendelssohn Frage (Question)
Mendelssohn Geständniss (Confession)
   
New Mozart
Mozart Sull'aria-Che Soave Zeffiretto (2:47)
Mozart Sull'aria-Che Soave Zeffiretto (2:12)
Mozart Dove Sono I Bei Momenti
Mozart Ehi, Capitano - Non Più Andrai
Mozart Non Più Andrai
   
New Schubert
Schubert Die Winterreise - 01 - Gute Nacht (low)
Schubert Die Winterreise - 02 - Die Wetterfahne (low)
Schubert Die Winterreise - 01 - Gute Nacht (extra low)
Schubert Die Winterreise - 02 - Die Wetterfahne (extra low)
   
New in Traditional
Anon Goosey Goosey Gander
Anon Charlie Is My Darling
Anon Hush, Little Baby
Anon D'ye Ken John Peel?
Anon May Is The Month Of Mary
Anon Here We Go Gathering Nuts In May

View the full list of latest additions for this issue

Rolling updated list of most recent additions: www.youraccompanist.com/latest

Latest additions RSS: www.youraccompanist.com/additionsrss

Collections: www.youraccompanist.com/collections

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Singer Profile: Madin'Voices

Photograph of sundrenched beach in MartiniqueThe beautiful French Caribbean island of Martinique is home to this edition's featured singers 'Madin'Voices'.

We've had the pleasure and privilege of providing them with rehearsal tracks since we met their leader, Caroline Bruch via the site almost two years ago now and have been delighted by the challenging and entertaining requests we've had from this most energetic and adventurous group of singers and instrumentalists.

We asked them for a little information on their background - so, Mesdames et Messieurs, meet Madin'Voices – the Voices of Martinique...

Madin'Voice group photo

Created in 2005, Madin'Voices is a singing group that brings together amateur singers of all vocal types. Intent on working to the highest standards, they give concerts with a bias towards classical song and operetta, but do not shy away from participating in other types of singing... 

Read the full interview (also in French)

Catch up with Madin Voices online: Facebook

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Send us your singing links!

We're in the process of revamping and expanding the YourAccompanist.com links section. If you look after or know about a singing related website please let us know.

We'd love to hear about your own websites as soloists, choirs, societies, teaching studio or agency.

Or, perhaps there's a website that you regularly visit for singing-related information...? All suggestions are welcomed!

Drop us a line via our Contact form.

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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 11
June 2010


In this issue:
Catalogue update
Behind the scenes: meet Michael
If rain stops play this summer...
Singer profile: Madin'Voices
New feature: Latest additions RSS
Inspiration: Je crois entendre encore
Singing on the web
Send us your singing links!
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Let's swap links!
How are you using our tracks
Have it your way: custom recording service
Join our networks
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Behind the scenes: Meet Michael

Michael - the man behind the music at Your Accompanist

In a quiet part of rural England you’ll find a small collaboration of passionate people who’ve set out to democratize access to good piano accompaniments through the World Wide Web.

The team at YourAccompanist.com has a long-held desire to develop a resource where the singers of the world could at last find real piano playing.

“It blows my mind sometimes to think that right now I might be accompanying someone thousands of miles away!” says Your Accompanist himself, Michael Baron, a British pianist and organist, the man behind every single track. “We get really great feedback from all over the world, and it gives us enormous satisfaction when we hear from people, especially if one of our accompaniments has helped solve a problem for someone” he says.

“It started in response to singers I knew not being able to find the songs they wanted to sing on the web… we knew we had the skills to make piano accompaniments which would deliver a rich experience, be easy to listen to, and be something that could be worked with seriously...”

Read the full interview

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Michael loves to hear from the people using the Your Accompanist products, and offers a service providing customised rehearsal tracks tailored your specific needs, so don't hesitate to get in touch!

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Singing with kids: if rain should stop play

Wet playtime ideasSumer Is Icumen In... and it's always hard to know what to do to keep the kids happy during those long school holidays - especially if the weather turns rainy. Why not ring the changes with a little singing this year? 

To help, we've recently added lots of traditional and action songs to the catalogue including favourites like There's a Hole In My Bucket - great fun as a duet and traditional 'action' favourites like Here We Go Gathering Nuts In May, 'The Farmer's In His Den and Old MacDonald's Farm.

For the tinies, there are lots of Nursery Rhymes (we like Goosey Goosey Gander) and for the 'old hands' some campfire stand-byes like She'll be coming round the Mountain, Little Brown Jug and D'ye Ken John Peel

Why not go for the full multi-media experience and get out the coloured pens or paintboxes too. You'll be amazed at how many pictures of the stories and characters in the songs they can produce for you to decorate the fridge when they've all gone back to school.

And if all else fails to pacify, you can always try singing them 'Hush Little Baby'...

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Singing on the web

This edition's pick of the most interesting singing related sites and web events:

YouTube Clips of Gerald Moore

Gerald MooreA marvellous pair of YouTube videos containing the musings of accompanist and ranconteur Gerald Moore, an English pianist best known for his career as one of the most in-demand accompanists of his day, accompanying many of the world's most famous musicians.

Here he offers a highly entertaining masterclass on the Art of the Accompanist.

If you've enjoyed this you might also like his autobiography - Am I too loud? Memoirs of an accompanist.

Operagasm

Earlier this year we were honoured to be the website of the week on the all-new opera blog Operagasm.

We thought we'd return the favour by introducing you to the website, and the passionate singers behind the project. The site aims to offer a substantive, cutting edge perspective on current events, news, reviews, interviews, fashion and editorial contributions regarding opera and classical music.

The Operagasm blog was established by a collaboration of three singers: Mezzo-sopranos Christie Connolley and Erika Papillon Posey, and Soprano Melissa Wimbish.

It's an entertaining finger on the pulse of the US Opera scene with a very broad spectrum of contributions and topics.

Operagasm Logo

Visit the Operagasm website

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NEW FEATURE! Latest additions RSS

Latest Additions RSS feedNow you can keep up to date with our latest additions as they happen!

Get all the Your Accompanist latest additions direct to your inbox or RSS reader.

The feed address is
http://www.youraccompanist.com/
index2.php?option=com_rss&
feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1

We're also pulling the feed into our Facebook News tab. Enjoy!

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If you're new to RSS and need more information, take a look at the BBC news feeds page for great info on getting started.

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Inspiration: Je crois entendre encore

We can't get enough of this sublime rendition by Rolando Villazon of Je Crois Entendre Encore from the Pearl Fishers by Bizet.

We just had to share it with you!

I still believe I hear 
hidden beneath the palm trees 
her voice, tender and deep 
like the song of a dove 
oh enchanting night 
divine rapture 
delightful memory 
mad intoxication, sweet dream 
in the clear starlight 
I still believe I see her 
half drawing her long veil 
to the warm night breeze 
oh night.

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(Fancy singing this yourself? The accompaniment can be found here on our website)

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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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We'd love to hear about what you're doing with them, and we'd be happy to publicise your charitable work in our newsletter and online networks.

Tell us what you've been doing with our accompaniments

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Have it your way: try our custom recording service

Your Accompanist welcomes requests for additions to our standard catalogue, but we also offer a bespoke recording service.

Use the custom recording service if you need the recording by a certain date, in a particular key or with specially tailored dynamics.

To talk to us any time about your requirements, simply contact us and one of the team will be in touch.

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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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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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