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Sing with CMR ion Lewes

Saro 30 Mar 09 - 06:15 AM
Valmai Goodyear 30 Mar 09 - 06:45 AM
Leadfingers 31 Mar 09 - 06:35 AM
Alan Day 31 Mar 09 - 07:31 AM
Valmai Goodyear 01 Apr 09 - 06:19 AM
maeve 01 Apr 09 - 06:26 AM
Valmai Goodyear 03 Apr 09 - 05:11 AM
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Subject: Sing with CMR in Lewes
From: Saro
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 06:15 AM

Hello! On Sat. April 25th Moira, Carolyn and I will be doing our "The Way Through the Woods" show at the wonderful Lewes Saturday Folk club ( - and we hope some of you will come and join us (singing and speaking parts available!). There's a workshop during the day, during which we'll rehearse the show (you get music and words beforehand if you've signed up), and then we all put on a performance in the evening. We had a great time at Whitby and Sidmouth last year with about 80 people in the cast each time. I don't suppose we'll have that many, but we'd like as many as can fit in!! And then if yo8u have any energy left for the next day, we'll be running a harmony workshop, so you could make a whole weekend of it. Contact Valmai at the Club if you want to book in for either event...
All the best
PS More information about the show, plus photos and some clips from previous performances are on the CMR website

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Subject: RE: Sing with CMR ion Lewes
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 30 Mar 09 - 06:45 AM

We're looking forward to a terrific couple of days and evening with Craig Morgan Robson. Full details and booking form are on the Lewes Saturday Folk Club website.

As well as words and dots, Sarah has provided a CD with the harmony parts sung separately for people who'd rather learn by ear. You get a copy of this as well as the paperwork when you book (but not before, because it makes a substantial package to post).

Our new room in the Elephant & Castle has wonderful acoustics and is a joy to sing and play in.

Valmai (Lewes)

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Subject: RE: Sing with CMR ion Lewes
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 06:35 AM

They DO make a lovely noise !!

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Subject: RE: Sing with CMR ion Lewes
From: Alan Day
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 07:31 AM

Do not worry about her on the stairs.

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Subject: RE: Sing with CMR ion Lewes
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 01 Apr 09 - 06:19 AM

This is the lady Alan is referring to (picture courtesy of Will Fly).

Valmai (Lewes)

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Subject: RE: Sing with CMR ion Lewes
From: maeve
Date: 01 Apr 09 - 06:26 AM

CMR website

It sounds wonderful, Saro. Hello to the lot of you.


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Subject: RE: Sing with CMR ion Lewes
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 03 Apr 09 - 05:11 AM

Lewes Elephant workshops no. 107

Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ



SATURDAY 25th. April 2009

10.45 a.m.- 4.45 p.m. Places £15

Evening tickets £5 for workshop participants, £6 for non-participants

MOIRA CRAIG, SARAH MORGAN & CAROLYN ROBSON are powerful & distinguished individual singers: together in harmony, they are spellbinding.

During the day, participants will work on the songs and perform them with Craig Morgan Robson at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, in the evening. Craig Morgan Robson will finish the evening with a performance of some of their own splendid repertoire.

Craig Morgan Robson are also leading a vocal harmony workshop at the Elephant & Castle on the following day, Sunday 26th. April. Places for this are £25. See separate page.


Provisional Timetable



10.45 Registration & coffee; order lunch

            (refreshments not included)

12.30 - 1.30 Lunch

15.00 Tea/coffee break

16.45   Finish

The Way Through The Woods : The Show

The Way Through the Woods show is a performance of linked songs and readings which lasts just under an hour. Most of the songs are designed to be sung in harmony by all the singers, a few are sung by Craig Morgan Robson with the cast joining in the chorus or refrain. The emphasis of the show and the workshop day is on singing together as a group, but there are two short pieces which would be suitable for allocating to a soloist or small group. Members of choirs or groups might like to bag these for themselves. On the list of songs are indications about which songs should be kept as "whole group songs" and which could be treated differently.


The show needs a minimum of 12 singers (recent performances have had casts of up to 80). Singers need to be able to learn a part either from CD or from music, and maintain a part while singing with others who will be singing a different part. Craig Morgan Robson will help with this. The songs do not have a very big range, nothing higher than Eb at the top and Bb in the bass.


The show also needs at least six readers (who may also be singers) including two male voices.

Participants will receive:

¨      A CD with all the harmony parts for the songs

¨      A set of song words with performance notes explaining the arrangement

¨      A copy of the sheet music if required

¨      A set of readings with performance notes

A copy of the outline script and running order

Song list

Hey Ho to the Greenwood All sing as a round

Verse 1 and chorus of Tree song    All

Down in Yon Forest                         All

Bonny Hawthorn      CMR + all on chorus

Good Morning Lords and Ladies    All

Pear Tree Verse                   Just one verse, could be a solo or small group

Bitter Withy                CMR + all on chorus

Babes in the Wood    All

Apple tree wassail    Just one verse, could be a solo or small group

Cottage Garden Trees   CMR + all on chorus

Reprise of Tree Song - all verses      All

Come Follow, Follow Me      All sing as a round


We'd like to add an overture of tunes with a woodland or tree theme. We leave the selection up to you but let us know about duration of the set.

Workshop day

Rehearsal of all items and full run-through

Evening performance

In the evening, workshop participants will join CMR for a performance of the show. CMR will finish the evening with a performance of their own.

Evening admission: participants £5, non particpants £6.




Please tick

I would like to:

Sing in the chorus

Sing in a small group which can rehearse in advance (choose song)

Sing solo (choose song)


Play an instrumental as part of the overture

(Please give a rough idea of what you'd like to do; we may be able to produce some three-part instrumental arrangements if enough people are interested.)

I would like to attend (please tick):

Way through the Woods ((£15)

CMR @ Lewes Saturday Folk Club (£5 for workshop participants, £6 others)

I enclose a cheque for £      




E-mail address:

Tick for map:         

Tick for accommodation list:

Please make cheques payable to Lewes Arms Folk Club (that's right) and send with this booking form to:

Valmai Goodyear, 20, St. John's Terrace,

LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2DL

Tel. (01273) 476757



N.B. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited. Maps & accommodation lists will be sent on request.

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