Freedom and hope are among the most powerful forces which drive the human spirit. Their strength has helped lift people to greater things and in doing so has fuelled the aspirations of many throughout history and across the globe. On an individual creative level, freedom and hope provide a constant source of inspiration for writers and poets, artists and philosophers, politicians and musicians.
When the choir decided to make a recording as a memento of the music of the five years between its 90th and 95th anniversaries, it soon became clear how prominent a part freedom and hope have played in shaping its repertoire. Whether it be anthems which are a part of an oppressed people’s fight against injustice, sacred songs which express the hope of a better life beyond the present one, or melodies which tell of personal heartache and longing, this selection is a tribute to the triumph of the optimism of the human spirit.

Musical Director: Terry Moore         Accompanist: Roger Holland

1.Nkosi Sikelel’IAfrika Enoch Sontonga, D.W.Edwards; arr. Eric Jones

2. The Lord’s Prayer Albert Hay Malotte; arr. Carl Deis

3. The Gospel Train Arr. Gwyn Arch

4. Amazing Grace Trad. Arr Alwyn Humphreys

5. Carrickfergus Irish folk song arr. Gwyn Arch

6. The Water of Tyne Northumbrian folk song arr. Michael Neaum

7. Pokarekare Ana Maori love song arr. Gwilym Lewis, John Stoddart (Curiad)

8. Another Day Delyth Rees, Eleri Richards; arr. Valerie Hoppe

9. The Rose Amanda McBroom; arr. Alwyn Humphreys

10. You’ll Never Walk Alone Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II; arr. Alwyn Humphreys

11. Do You Hear The People Sing? Schonberg, Kretzmer, Boublil, Natel; arr. Lojeski

12. Bring Him Home Schonberg, Kretzmer, Boublil; arr. Leavitt

13. Unchained Melody North, Zaret; arr. Mark A. Brymer

14. Let It Be Me Gilbert Becaud, Mann Curtis; arr. Alwyn Humphreys

15. Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves Verdi; arr. Northcote

16. Nessun Dorma Puccini; arr. Alan Simmons

17. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor Irving Berlin, Emma Lazarus; arr. Roy Ringwald

18. An American Trilogy Trad. Arr Mickey Newbury; adapted by Alwyn Humphreys

Recorded at Gedling Road Methodist Church, Carlton, Nottingham

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