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Choral Repertoire


Choral Repertoire 2021

‘Sounds of the Public School’ – This song has been included because it is the Primary Schools Music Festival’s (PSMF) 130th Anniversary year – we’ve been singing for 130 years!!

It was sung by the boys and girls from the nine primary schools who were involved in the first festival in 1891. The children from this era learnt music using tonic sol-fa (doh ray me fah soh la ti doh) which involved using hand signs to show various notes. Back in 1891 this little song was sung unaccompanied as not many schools had a piano. There were no radios or TVs so children spent lots of their spare time singing. In 2021 we sing this song again, and we will embark on a musical journey from 1891, and end in a style of music that we are singing today in 2021.

"I will sing you a song of the public school,
And the sounds you there may hear,
of the Doh, Ray, Me, and the A, B, C,
and the voices ringing clear……"

‘Mayangan’ by Yirrmal
Mayangan means ‘hope for the future’ in Yolgnu language from North East Arnhem Land. It contains a message of unity, pride and equality, with English lyrics in the verses, and the chorus in Yolgnu. Yirrmal aims to set an example for Indigenous youth and to be a strong, positive role-model for the young generation.

‘Rockstar’ is an upbeat, fun and positive song recorded by A Great Big World, from their Album ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ released in 2014.
The lyrics of this song remind us to keep dreaming about the future and don’t settle for any old thing. Chase your dreams!!
A Great Big World - Rockstar

‘I Have a Voice’ is a powerful anthem for any kid who has felt alone among his or her peers. It is an emotional anti-bullying song encouraging young people to express their own voice and let other children know that they too, have a voice. Over 70 child actors from Broadway‘s School of Rock, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet, Matilda the Musical and more came together to make this video recording.
Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have A Voice

‘Sisi Ni Moja’ means ‘We are One’ in Swahili and follows the theme that ALL human beings have much in common!! Composer Jacob Narverud wanted to create an uplifting, hopeful song in a modern, popular-style. Since the piece was intended to represent all people and all cultures, he chose a text that would reflect just that. The lyrics have a strong uniting message and the piano accompaniment is energetic with plenty of rhythm.
Sisi Ni Moja by Jacob Narverud

'Don’t Stop’ is a classic rock hit recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1977. It has been sung by many artists over the years. In 2011 it featured in the second season of Glee, episode 19. Leave the past behind – keep looking forward to better days, think about tomorrow and all of the possibilities!
GLEE - Don't Stop

‘The Eye of the Sound Storm’ tells of the urban overload of sounds that are constant in a busy city. Words and music by Alice Chance, a young Australian composer from New South Wales. Alice has written a busy piano accompaniment underneath the descriptive lyrics. It was first performed by the Sydney Children’s Choir Juniors in 2019 at the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall.

So many noises, noises in the city, so many feet are stepping through the city.
So many moving, flashing bits of metal streaming in and out .......of the city.
So many conversations in the city, so many mouths are shouting, shouting over the noises in the city.
So many beeping, beeping car horns dopplering past the ears..... of the city.
The ground grumbles.... and the sky grumbles... and the ground grumbles... and the sky grumbles and the air pulses with a storm of sound.
Every storm has a peaceful centre, calm and tranquil noise circumventor place where all I hear is waves and wind.

I’m in the eye of the sound storm, I’m in the eye of the sound storm
I’m in the eye of the sound storm, I’m in the eye of the sound storm

So many screens are flashing in the city, so many lights are buzzing in the city.
So many bangs and crashes many clangs and bashes all fill the air.... of the city.
The ground grumbles.... and the sky grumbles... and the ground grumbles... and the sky grumbles and the air pulses with a storm of sound.
Every storm has a peaceful centre, calm and tranquil noise circumventor place where all I hear is waves and wind.

I’m in the eye of the sound storm, I’m in the eye of the sound storm.
I’m in the eye of the sound storm, so many noises in the city. Repeat.
Ooo (ocean and wind sounds).

‘Water is Life’ – Commissioned Work
omposed by Glyn Lehmann

Without water life cannot exist. This song cycle explores the vital importance of water to the birds, animals, plants and to the people of South Australia.

We live in the driest state on the driest inhabited continent on earth.

South Australians truly feel the effects of water shortages, drought, climate change and a growing population. “To ensure that we not only cope, but prosper under these conditions, it’s essential that we use water sustainably now and forever. In order to do so we need to understand the types of water resources we have, the quantity and quality of the water, and how we’re managing these resources for the long term.” from SA Govt website Department of Environment and Water

Water is Life
A short song stating the above-mentioned context of the work and naming various South Australian water sources. The lyrics take us on a journey around the state.

The River Murray has always been crucial to the survival and well-being of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal inhabitants. It is an ancient river that carved massive canyons in the landscape, now buried beneath the sea to the south of Kangaroo Island.

The Silent Call of Kati Thanda
Written in the first person, the lake tells its story of transformation from dry salt pan to thriving breeding ground for thousands of birds. The song revolves around the mystery and wonder of how these birds know from hundreds or even thousands of kilometres way that the lake has filled. This is the ‘silent song’ that only they can hear.

Deeper Down
Uses words from Song of the Artesian Water written by Banjo Paterson in 1896. Set in a time of drought, it tells the story of a crew desperately drilling deep into the earth to reach the Great Artesian Basin in order to save the squatter’s station.

Giants and Dragons
A song in awe of the unique and wondrous creatures that inhabit the waters of the South Australian coastline. The ‘giants’ are the Giant Cuttlefish who swarm in their tens of thousands to the upper Spencer Gulf, the Southern Right whales that swim along the Great Australian Bight and the endangered Giant Kelp forests off the coast from the Coorong. The ‘dragons’ are the magical leafy sea dragons that are found on the Fleurieu Peninsula and especially at Rapid Bay and The Bluff. The song concludes with the idea that all living things are connected and that our own ancient ancestors came from the sea.

Water is Life Reprise
Water has been both treasured and honoured; exploited and abused. Its fate is closely linked to our own and we are responsible for its care. The drama unfolds as the ‘million-gallon flow’ finally comes rushing to the surface. The introduction of the song, ‘Silent places, hidden treasure, where the old earth hides her treasures deeper down’ hints at the Aboriginal connection to this ancient water source through their knowledge of desert springs, which has allowed them to survive in such a harsh environment. At the end of the song this Aboriginal ‘voice’ combines with the voices of the European settlers, both drawn to the life-giving treasure of the Great Artesian Basin. The tour comes to an end with a rousing and extended restatement of the theme – water is life!