There was a man of Newington

A short bit of nonsense that is sure to raise an eyebrow amongst your singers. In just 13 bars, Britten covers the top, middle and bottom of the vocal range and at the same time gets across a very silly story from John Drinkwater’s The Way of Poetry.

Vocal difficulty: 2 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 1 of 5

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This playlist is a chance to make some noise, work together, explore your voices and find that special unity that can only come from singing as a group. 

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A video about Britten's Music for Children.

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A video about Britten's childhood.

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A video about Britten's Impact.

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A video about Britten's Early Works.

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Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charlotte Brosnan shares some performance skills tips.

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Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.

Worksheets

A resource to help students explore the musical elements of There Was A Man of Newington:
- Inversion
- Relative minor

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Song Credits

Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by
Anon - 'The Jou of Poetry' - John Drinkwater

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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