Mudcat Café message #3148700 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #137312   Message #3148700
Posted By: GUEST,James Beattie
05-May-11 - 02:55 PM
Thread Name: Televised Big Sing Yorkshire 21 May 2011
Subject: RE: Televised Big Sing Yorkshire 21 May 2011
Hello Chris

Thanks for spreading the word about Big Sing Yorkshire. We've been delighted by the response so far. It looks like it's going to be a fantastic turnout, 250 and counting!

Ian McMillan's new Yorkshire anthem is now written and it's going to be made available on the website from this weekend. As well as the words on their own, there's a version which is set to 4 part harmonies if anyone wants to have a go.

Just a bit of trivia for you, the version of Christian's Awake is the Wainwright version from c. 1750 and as one of the replies hinted actually hails from Lancashire, but it is so much associated with Yorkshire it is called "Yorkshire". Huddersfield Choral Society have sung it before every Messiah since the 1870s (including on a recent Classic FM broadcast), Bradford Festival Choral Society (who are coming along to join in) recorded it with the Black Dyke band in the 'seventies, but the record lies with Halifax Choral Society, formed in 1817 the oldest choral society in the world, who've been singing it since the 1840s.

Thanks for your support and do please keep signing up and spreading the word!

Best wishes

James Beattie - Event Organiser, Big Sing Yorkshire