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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Slindon Village Wassail – Saturday 16th January 2016

Here's the latest information for singers going to this event.

This song list below replaces the one sent by email. NB the order of the songs has not yet been decided.

The new wassail songs can be heard (and the words downloaded) here, but please do not be concerned if you don't know them, there will be plenty of choruses to join in.

  • Gloucestershire Wassail
  • Sussex Hills
  • new wassail – Here We Come a-Wassailing
  • Sussex Drinking Song
  • Dave G leading on the wassail to the tune of God Rest Ye (Sugar Wassail) and the rest of us joining in on the chorus
  • Country Life
  • Thousands or More
  • Rolling Home (maybe if there's time, and perhaps only verses 1, 3 and 5)
  • Finish perhaps with the first verse of the Gloucestershire Wassail through a few times and inviting participation from the non-singing wassailers

At Slindon Jubilee Orchard next to The Forge Shop & Cafe in Reynolds Lane, 7-9pm.

Transport yourself back in time with the old English tradition of Wassailing orchards. With a bonfire, Morris dancers, music, singing, mulled cider and a general folksy atmosphere, together we will toast the trees to ensure a plentiful crop and scare away the evil spirits.

Outdoor event so wear warm clothing suitable to the evening weather.

It will be dark, so bring a torch!

For more information, see here (scroll down to Slindon Wassail – it promises market stalls, with 'Slindon Wassail' mugs from the local pottery for sale) and here.

Four Wassailing Songs

At our January Beechwood singing session we sang four wassailing songs. The words for these (pdf file) can be downloaded using this link.

The first was Wassail! Wassail! (The Gloucestershire Wassail) which we have already sung in public performances. Below are recordings of the other three.

Here We Come A-Wassailing:
You can download the mp3 file here.

Sugar Wassail:
You can download the mp3 file here.

Apple Tree Wassailing Song:
You can download the mp3 file here.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Last year I took part in this and it was great fun all day with Apollo Five and Emily Barden, who are lovely people / great teachers who taught us a whole slew of songs, for the performance at the end of the day.

The acoustics of Petworth church complement the singing. You can understand why it is such a good venue for Petworth Festival's music events.

Last year it was in  support of cancer research/awareness/support as well, with nearly 100 participants.

John C

After their very successful day with us this year, Apollo5 are looking forward to returning to Petworth on February 27th 2016 with a brand new programme for us to sing together.

Plans are well under way, and you can download a poster and Booking Form. Please advertise this as widely as you can, and print some copies of the poster if possible and distribute them in your locality. If you would like a laminated version either ask Emily Barden, or let me know and I will get one to you.

To secure your place please complete the Booking Form and return it to us as soon as possible. The Booking Form is a Word document and if you save it, you should then be able to open it and complete it on screen. Once completed, save it as a version with your name in the title, and email it back to us. We will reply to let you know that you have a place to sing on the day.

Also, please forward this information to any of your friends and family who would like to join in the fun.

Any queries – let me know!
Look forward to seeing you again
Kind regards

If you have any queries, please use the contact details on the Booking Form (download link is given above).