Roger Emerson zooms into our UK Reading Session

When you need a bit of inspiration for your choir programming, who better to listen to than Roger Emerson, zooming in to our Creative Choir Leader session all the way from California. With 900 choral titles in print and over 30 million copies in circulation, he is THE MOST widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today.

Here is the list of arrangements we looked at:

  • Baba Yetu (The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili)
  • Build Me Up Buttercup
  • The Circle of Life – a good challenge piece
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Handel’s Holiday – great way for less musically able choirs to access extracts from the Messiah, including Hallelujah
  • Stopping by the Woods – beautiful original by Emerson (think Shoshone Love Love)
  • A Carpenter’s Christmas
  • White Christmas (with FLEXIBAND instrumental 4 parts)
  • Pop Rounds Book – great for adults who love to sing the tune and great for kids choirs
  • Get Ready! from The Temptations
  • I Will Remember You – Roger’s favourite
  • That 40’s Swing – great for female voices
  • Take Me Home Country Roads – concert crowd pleaser!
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA
  • Mister Roger’s Neighbourhood
  • My Favourite Things – jazz waltz arrangement

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