Song lyrics from our dinner

As promised here are the lyrics to the adapted song by Paul Sheehan. Tune the G and S Modern Major General.
You are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’

You’ve shared fine nights of Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full

You know the tunes of England and you quote from airs historical

From Vespers through to Gloria in order categorical;

You’re very well acquainted too with matters ‘messa di voce’

You understand ‘ein wenig’, ‘tessitura’ and ‘con veloce’,

Each Monday night at Broomwood Church Hall you rehearse ad naus-iem

In two-week’s time you should have learnt the notes to Brahms’ Requiem.

In two-week’s time we should have learnt the notes to Brahms’ Requiem,

In two-week’s time we should have learnt the notes to Brahms’ Requiem

In two-week’s time we should have learnt the notes to Brahm’s Requi-Requiem.

You’re very good at ‘vamp till cue’ and abbandonatamente

You know so many works like those by Haydn, Tippett, and Durufle

In short in matters Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full

You are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’!

In short in matters Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full

We are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’!

You know your mythic Wagner (yawn!), Lloyd Webber (eek!) to Fawcett (ahh!)

You answer hard conducting with a worthy aim to raise the bar

You quote classical titans, Mozart, Bach their music quite divine

When singing you can floor an audience at concerts every time.

You can tell undoubted choral gems from each piss-poor cacophony

And braved the waves to dip your toes in Williams’ Sea Symphony.

Then you can hum a fugue of which I’ve heard the music dims your ears,

And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Gondoliers.

And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Gondoliers,

And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Gondoliers,

And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Gondo-Gondoliers.

Then you can sing a nifty tune fortissimo with ‘fermata’

And share in glorious harmony a heavenly cantata

In short in matters Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full

You are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’!

In short in matters Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full
We are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’!

In fact you know what’s truly meant by music given from the heart

For I know every concert that you give is always just the part.

When Andrea gives you a piece, requiring you to give your best

It’s always clear, to those who come, that you will always pass the test.

When they have learnt, your audience, the progress of this fêted choir

They never doubt a single piece to which your talent can aspire.

In short you are a choral gem and one we know will run and run

In celebrating 40 years your choral ‘life has just begun’!

In celebrating 40 years our choral ‘life has just begun’,
In celebrating 40 years our choral ‘life has just begun’,
In celebrating 40 years our choral ‘life has just be-just begun’!
For your musical knowledge, it is plucky and adventury

In just a mere ten years you will achieve a fine half-century.

But still, in matters Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full

We are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’.

But still, in matters Mendelssohn to those that are Vivaldi-full
We are the very model of a modern ‘Chorus Festival’!

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