Audience Participation at Christmas

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by tubafran, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    A part from singing the carols do you get the audience involved at Christmas Concerts, or at any time come to that?

    Last year, thanks to Adrian Wood at Cresswell, we had help with the 12 days of Christmas. Separate cards for each of the gifts were printed, 1 Partridge, 2 Turtle Doves......12 Drummers Druming. These cards were handed to the audience and as each relevant verse was reached selected audience members stood and sang their part.

    You need 78 in the audience or you have to rope in band members but the last verse is a sight to behold. Even better if you can add actions to the gifts - swans swimming, maids miking (bit porno this), drummers drumming etc.

    Was thinking of doing something similar to Roger Thornes Do-Re-Mi, with cards for each note and get the audience to stand at the related note in the music. Just got to work out the do-re-mi's for "when you know the notes to sing ...".

    Anyone got any other participation ideas?
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2004
  2. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Do..mi..mi.....mi..so..so.....re..fa..fa.....la..ti..ti
     
  3. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Excellent, if you've got the time to do all the words that would be just great. Perhaps Diana could set this as a school project.
     
  4. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Those were all the words for the background part to the "When...you..learn..the notes..you'll..see...you..can..sing..most..an..y..thing"

    Or however it goes.

    Diana doesn't have regular students to set prep to...she's just doing peripetetic work...so you'll have to find one of the Killamarch lackies to do it ;)
     
  5. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

    We do the 12 days of xmas like that too, also we get the audience swaying to the obligatory sneewaltzer!!!
     
  6. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Was at a carol service last night where they have a tradition of selecting 3 men from the audience and having them sing the three "gift" verses from We Three Kings as solos.

    Works even with very small groups.
     
  7. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    As well as co-opting three men to sing the three kings' verses, we also had a couple of men up to play the timbrel, following a display by three of our girls - always good fun, especially in a smaller, more intimate setting.
     
  8. Vickitorious

    Vickitorious Active Member

    SNOW WALTZ!!! The audience joins in swaying!!! It's amazing!! lol!

    I haven't got through it yet without giggling :-D Wowowowowowowow It's well good! :-D :-D :-D :-D The rest of the band don't like it though... it's too cheesy for them :-( so we haven't practised it.. it's gonna happen on the night :p
     
  9. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Apparently we're going to be doing the "Twelve Days of Christmas" with audience participation at our Christmas Concert (Thurs. 16th December, just in case you didn't know...:p ). Thing is we're doing the version in the SA carols books, which could be very interesting for the band as you need a good map, a compass and a degree in repeats to negotiate the parts!! :shock:
     
  10. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    Ooooh I remember that... lots of double $ signs and all sorts.. not nice!! I think one year we had the 13 days of christmas cos no one really knew where they were, following that our conductor gave up and wrote it all out for us!

    We do this too, but give the card to the person sitting at the end of the row and get the whole row to stand and sing their verse... I feel sorry for the little old ladies that sit on the front row cos they have to stand up and sit down 12 times.. each time "a partridge and a pear tree" comes up!!

    We always get the kids to come up to the front and sing 1st verse of away in a manger, and the obligatory hand clapping... and swaying in Schneewaltzer... oh the joys!
     
  11. theMouthPiece Visitor Guide

    Find more discussions like this one
    Turtle Doves...12 Drummers Druming
    Christmas Concerts
    Adrian Wood
    Cresswell
    Partridge
  12. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Try these - These words will (should) fit the arrangement perfectly!

    Doe, a deer, a female deer
    Ray, a drop of golden sun
    Me, a name I call myself
    Far, a long, long way to run
    Sew, a needle pulling thread
    La, a note to follow Sew
    Tea, a drink with jam and bread
    That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)

    Doe, a deer, a female deer
    Ray, a drop of golden sun
    Me, a name I call myself
    Far, a long, long way to run
    Sew, a needle pulling thread
    La, a note to follow Sew
    Tea, a drink with jam and bread
    That will bring us back to Do

    Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
    Do Ti La So Fa Mi Re

    When you know the notes to sing
    You can sing most anything

    When you know the notes to sing
    You can sing most anything

    Doe, a deer, a female deer
    Ray, a drop of golden sun
    Me, a name I call myself
    Far, a long, long way to run
    Sew, a needle pulling thread
    La, a note to follow Sew
    Tea, a drink with jam and bread
    That will bring us back to Do . . . .

    Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
    Do Ti La So Fa Mi Re

    Do Mi Mi
    Mi So So
    Re Fa Fa
    La Ti Ti

    Do Mi Mi
    Mi So So
    Re Fa Fa
    La Ti Ti

    When you know the notes to sing
    You can sing most anything

    When you know the notes to sing
    You can sing most anything

    Doe, a deer, a female deer
    Ray, a drop of golden sun
    Me, a name I call myself
    Far, a long, long way to run
    Sew, a needle pulling thread
    La, a note to follow Sew
    Tea, a drink with jam and bread
    a drink with jam and bread
    a drink with jam and bread
    jam and bread
    tea with jam and bread
    jam and bread tea with jam jam and bread
    jam and bread tea with jam jam and bread
    with jam and bread
    with jam and bread
    tea with jam and bread
    with jam and bread with jam with jam
    and bread​

    Good luck

    ;)
     
  13. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    hmmm! ... I'm sure I saw your username elsewhere as Mary Poppins ... (or was it the other way round?) ;)
     
  14. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    That also works for "Ein Prosit"...Although...that may not be the best Christmas tune...
     
  15. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    do you know if anyone's done a decent arrangement?
     
  16. aimee_euph

    aimee_euph Member

    we are doing the full shebang effort at the Lowry concert as a youth band. never mind the audience!!!
     
  17. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Thanks Roger

    Wow straight from the arranger's pen, just how good is the tMP then.:D

    Thanks Roger, cards are now being made as we speak.
     
  18. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Schneewaltzer

    Oh yes forget that we also included the band and audience actions for Schneewaltzer. Got a non part marked version from Barnsley Building Society and used it at two concerts last week.

    It goes Left, Right, Forward, Back Stand-up, Sit-down ala Bavarian Stommpers - do this at markings A B & C and in the repeat bars of the Coda. Is this the same as everyone else does or is this just a Barnsley thing?
     

Share This Page