Here you will usually find resources connected with the next concert. This may include audio files to help you learn your part or music to print.
John Fletcher has the largest collection of choral learning tracks available. You must first create an account, but this is free for out-of-copyright works and £10pa for those in copyright which is costs very little for what is offered. If you have an account already you can get started straight away. The tracks on John Fletcher are not organised so that all those from each part are grouped together, but you can download them to your own device and play them locally. Each part is played with a clarinet sound. Here are links on John Fletcher to the work we are currently working on:
Choralia is completely free, and you do not have to create an account. It is entirely electronic where your part is ‘sung’. It sounds a little strange at first (Pinky and Perky and the Daleks!), but it can work really effectively. Being able to hear the words helps in keeping track of where you are.
Warning: Please note that this wonderful resource is mostly paid for through adverts. However, recently I have noticed that, on playing a track, another window pops up telling you that you need to update Adobe Flash Player. Please just close this window as it is a scam. It is a pity that this has appeared on the Choralia website and they have been notified of the issue. The tracks should, of course, play without any problems.
You are allowed to download these tracks but playing them online works well as you can change the tempo.
There are six versions of the Mozart Requiem on Choralia which reflect the different editions available. When we know which edition we will be using a link will be posted here.
Despite being in copyright there are also practice tracks for the Rutter Gloria on Choralia.
Choraline have been producing commercial practice tracks for many years – on CD and, for several years now, online. The quality is excellent and each part is represented by the sound of a different orchestral instrument. For a small number of popular works, including the Messiah, they also produce a version with a real sung part – ‘With Singer’. This is the ultimate learning aid, but none of it is free! Here are the links to choose from:
Slowing down practice tracks
If you do want to slow down any track that you can download then I recommend ‘The Amazing Slowdowner‘ from Roni Music. You can buy this for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The Mac/PC versions cost more though. Once installed, you can create playlists for the works you are learning.
There are also two free web-based tools, recommended by John Fletcher, where you can open a file and change the speed. You can also drag and drop a file into the window. You can only use one file at a time with these tools but they do work if you are using a computer.
- Time Stretcher – this will also work on iOS devices such as iPads
- TimeStretch Player. You can also change the pitch and is generally more sophisticated! However, this one will not work on iOS devices.
Any questions or thoughts of your own?
If you have any questions or good ideas about this section of the website please fill in the form below. We’ll be pleased to hear of any other novel approaches you have on practising your part.