Only a Singing Bird NYCoS National Girls Choir & Christopher Bell
- Michael Head (1900 - 1976): Snow Birds:
- 1No. 1. The Bird of Morn02:29
- 2No. 2. Under the Bower of Night02:48
- 3No. 3. Little Foo04:40
- 4No. 4. Love Offerings01:41
- 5No. 5. Only a Singing Bird02:38
- 6No. 6. Spring Grass02:58
- 7No. 7. King Ra05:11
- Gary Carpenter (b.1951): The Food of Love, Book 2:
- 8No. 1. Spring02:30
- 9No. 2. Under the Greenwood Tree03:01
- 10No. 3. Winter02:24
- Michael Head: 3 Songs of Fantasy:
- 11No. 3. A Funny Fellow01:38
- Over the Rim of the Moon:
- 12No. 1. The ships of Arcady03:15
- The Little Road To Bethlehem:
- 13The Little Road To Bethlehem02:35
- The Robin's Carol:
- 14The Robin's Carol02:53
- Star Candles:
- 15Star Candles02:23
- Ave Maria:
- 16Ave Maria03:03
- Bonnie Wee Thing:
- 17Bonnie Wee Thing03:31
- The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
- 18The Wind that Shakes the Barley02:48
- The Circus:
- 19The Circus02:50
Info for Only a Singing Bird
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'.
The National Youth Choir of Scotland's National Girls Choir is joined by its patron and world-renowned mezzo soprano, Karen Cargill for this new recording.
"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)
"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)
"supreme, consistent and wonderfully articulate" (The Scotsman)
Karen Cargill, mezzo soprano
Philip Moore, piano
NYCoS National Girls Choir
Christopher Bell, conductor
NYCoS National Girls Choir The acclaimed NYCoS National Girls Choir was formed in 2007 for young singers aged 12–16 and is conducted by Christopher Bell. Membership is granted by audition on a yearly basis and is open to girls who are born, resident or studying in Scotland. Each year, the young singers come from all over Scotland to spend an intensive six days together where they learn and perfect the wide ranging repertoire for the year ahead. In 2010, NYCoS Girls Training Choir was formed to work alongside the main choir, allowing a greater number of young female singers to enjoy and benefit from the NYCoS experience.
Alongside regular performances throughout Scotland, NYCoS National Girls Choir has been invited to perform at world-class music festivals including BBC Proms in the Park, Edinburgh International Festival and Lammermuir Festival.
In 2012, NYCoS National Girls Choir gave concerts in Glasgow’s City Halls, at Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Edinburgh International Culture Summit and at Edinburgh International Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The National Youth Choir of Scotland is dedicated to providing high-level singing opportunities for Scotland’s young singers. NYCoS was established in 1996 to provide a national infrastructure for young people, teachers and choir directors to support and develop choral singing in Scotland.
The core objectives of NYCoS are:
To establish, encourage, enhance and support choral singing at all levels to the highest standards for Scotland's young people.
To provide training, support and resources for those who direct choral singing and deliver vocal education.
To be a powerful advocate for choral singing at all levels of cultural and educational life in Scotland.
NYCoS activities now include four National Choirs, a growing network of Area Choirs across Scotland, Mini Music Makers classes and a broad range of educational projects. NYCoS also commissions and publishes a range of publications, songbooks and educational resources.
The Head Office, in Glasgow, is responsible for managing all NYCoS activities although the Area Choirs are linked with local co-ordinators. Music staff are employed throughout Scotland as and when required.