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Medieval/castle/show stopper?

So did that title get your attention? Here's the situation:  First concert of the school year in the fall (girls high school) - we have 4 weeks to put together what we call our "Season Sampler" - each performing group performs one piece (dance, theater, orchestra, choirs) for their parents to start off the year (it's also an opportunity for parents to sign up for volunteering, etc...).  Our stage will be set with a castle (we're doing Once Upon a Mattress) so we've all decided to do something that would be fitting of the stage set.  I have my beginning group singing a fun, upbeat song from the movie "Brave" - I might even add a few Irish dancers (yes I know the movie takes place in Scottland).  So what do I have my advanced choir sing? I was thinking something from Anuna or Celtic Women, but nothings feeling just right.  We only have a few weeks to put it together so it can't be too complicated, but it needs to be powerful enough to make an impression on it's own (no added bells and whistles).
I'd love some suggestions.  Thanks.
on May 30, 2013 6:00am
Dear Tina,
I have some girls-only arrangements of Scots songs - Ye Banks And Braes is SA unaccompanied, which might be quite touching:
I've also done an SA arrangement of "A Red Red Rose" -
Both are very effective but uncomplicated - a song of lost love and a song of enduring love, they'd make quite a nice set.
I make most of my arrangements free for non-profit use as long as I'm credited in the programme, ideally with a link to my website at .
Chris Hutchings
on May 30, 2013 6:56am
There is so much wonderful Scottish song material  ---
Auld Lang Syne, Ae Fond Kiss, Skye Boat Song, In Praise of Isla, Loch Lomond, Afton Water, Birks of Aberfeldy.....
I have arranged all of these songs and all are published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Some are quite simple, others more complicated.
Lee Kesselman
on May 30, 2013 11:41am
What about a song from another musical that is set around a castle -- "Camelot" or "Shrek" or "Spamalot"?  From "Camelot" there is Guinevere's "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood", and from Shrek you could do Fiona's "I Know It's Today". From "Spamalot" there is "Find Your Grail", a great gospel-flavored number, or "The Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened to My Song)". 
happy hunting,
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on May 31, 2013 7:09am
I recently finished an SSA (accomp., brief a cappella) setting of Sara Teasdale's "A Ballad of Two Knights".  Probably more "light" than "powerful", but you might enjoy it.  Relatively easy, should be a good sing.  Basically the story of two knights who know exactly what they want in a lady-love, until they find the women they actually want.  A chance to tweak the nose of male fickleness.
Review copy available at  Inexpensive print permissions by email or print copies from JW Pepper.
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