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William Byrd Haec Dies
William Byrd Sing Joyfully
Charles Villiers Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Robert Waters Nolo Mortem Peccatoris
Crux Fidelis Crux Fidelis
Traditional arr. Percy Grainger Brigg Fair
John Rutter Come Live With Me
John Rutter It Was a Lover and his Lass
G B Martini arr. Goff Richards Plaisir d'Amour
Pierre Passerou Il est bel est bon
Clement Janequin La Guerre
Interval
Traditional arr. Gordon Longford Bobby Shaftoe
Traditional arr. Peter Knight Londonderry Air
Traditional arr. Philip Lawson Swing Low
Traditional arr. Philip Lawson Down in the River
Bob Crewe arr. Ben Sawyer Music to Watch Girls By
King, Leiber & Stoller arr. Ben Sawyer Stand By Me
Jerry Jeff Walker arr. Guy Lewis Mr. Bojangles
Irving Berlin arr. Pickard Cheek to Cheek
Billy Joel arr. Philip Lawson Lullabye
Mason Williams arr. Ben Sawyer Classical Gas
Hill & Waller arr. Ben Sawyer Crazy Bout my Baby

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)



Guy Lewis (countertenor)
Ben Sawyer (countertenor)
Rob Waters (tenor)
Chris Monk (baritone)
Nick Ashby (baritone)
Jon Beasley (bass)

Biography

“One of those groups I could listen to for hours.” Aled Jones, BBC Radio Three

“Crisp, tight, cool arrangements… The Real Group had better watch out.”
John Rutter, Eminent British Composer

The Songmen are an international multi-award winning a cappella ensemble. In 2011 they won awards in the sacred and profane categories at the prestigious Tolosa International Choral Contest and in 2012 they were one of only three British groups to be nominated for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in the USA, for their jazz album Midnight.

With an enviable reputation as one of the UK's finest and most versatile a cappella groups, The Songmen possess a wealth of experience from the worlds of classical, sacred, and popular music, balancing their love for the old Renaissance masters with a passion for exciting contemporary composers through commissioning and performing their own original material.

Regardless of what they sing, the universal principles of perfect tonal blend, colour, and precise intonation are fiercely strived for and shine through in every performance.

Recent highlights for the group have included their debut at the London A Cappella Festival at The King’s Place in London and tours of Spain and Germany where they headlined the Neustadter Musik Sommer Festival. They have also been featured on Aled Jones’s The Choir programme on BBC Radio 3.

The Songmen are preparing for a remarkable year ahead. Highlights will include them singing across the UK and in Europe in Perugia in Italy, Provence in France, Northern Germany, Ireland and London.

The group will also continue to develop their Education Outreach Programme which has recently taken them to Oundle School, Bedford Modern School, Dean Close School and Tewkesbury School where they delivered a series of master classes, coached numerous choirs and adjudicated competitions.

The group’s latest news and blog entries, information on concert dates, shop, and streaming audio can be found on their website www.songmen.co.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/thesongmen