Only a Singing Bird

£12.00

A beautiful collection of songs, Only a Singing Bird features Michael Head’s best-known works, The Ships of Arcady and The Little Road to Bethlehem, as well as his beautifully-imagined, nostalgic song-cycle, Snowbirds.

NYCoS National Girls Choir is joined by its patron and world renowned mezzo soprano, Karen Cargill for this incredible new recording.

 

 

SKU: SIGCD440

What people are saying

"5* [Karen Cargill’s] golden mezzo soprano hovers exquisitely above the creamy blend of the girls’ voices…Bell draws sustained precision and endless expressive range from his choristers." The Scotsman, March 2016

"4*a fruitful vehicle for showcasing what the Girls Choir of the National Youth Choir of Scotland is capable of" BBC Music Magazine, March 2016

"Rarely performed Michael Head cantata shows the youth choir on great form Planet Hugill, March 2016

"The girls sing with excellent diction and tuning…their sound is refreshingly youthful yet cultured. Altogether, this is a superbly-executed disc of interesting and contrasting repertoire for female voices. McAlister Matheson Music, March 2016

4* – "The CD reveals a meticulously integrated choir of mature abilities, characterised by tonal delicacy and textural expressiveness. It bodes well for the next 20 years. Choir & Organ, April 2016

NYCoS National Girls Choir

Karen Cargill mezzo soprano

Philip Moore piano

Christopher Bell conductor

Release date:8th Jan 2016
Order code:SIGCD440
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  1. Snowbirds: The Bird of Morn – Michael Head – 2.29
  2. Snowbirds: Under the Bower of Night – Michael Head – 2.48
  3. Snowbirds: Little Foo – Michael Head – 4.40
  4. Snowbirds: Love Offerings – Michael Head – 1.41
  5. Snowbirds: Only a Singing Bird – Michael Head – 2.38
  6. Snowbirds: Spring Grass – Michael Head – 2.58
  7. Snowbirds: King Ra – Michael Head – 5.11
  8. The Food of Love – Book 2: Spring – Gary Carpenter – 2.30
  9. The Food of Love – Book 2: Under the Greenwood Tree – Gary Carpenter – 3.01
  10. The Food of Love – Book 2: Winter – Gary Carpenter – 2.24
  11. A Funny Fellow – Michael Head – 1.38
  12. The Ships of Arcady – Michael Head – 3.15
  13. The Little Road to Bethlehem – Michael Head – 2.35
  14. The Robin’s Carol – Michael Head – 2.53
  15. Star Candles – Michael Head – 2.23
  16. Ave Maria – Michael Head – 3.03
  17. Bonnie Wee Thing – Ken Johnston – 3.31
  18. The Wind That Shakes Barley – Ken Johnston – 2.48
  19. The Circus – Stephen Deazley – 2.50
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