These are some of Helen’s favourite arrangements as performed by Glorious Chorus, in rehearsal or concert. Occasionally the recordings are test recordings by Helen. Where songs are solo-led it is absolutely fine to replace the lead voice with a group of singers if required. Improvisations are optional. All these arrangements have been taught to community choirs and are relatively easy to sing, exc Harvest For The World which is a sweet but tricky arrangement and for female voice only. Please contact Helen for any further advice on teaching/performing or part files.
All arrangement scores cost £10 and they are described here with the whole song to listen to. The selling of these arrangements is a different format to Helen’s original scores and licences are not required. These songs have been arranged over many years of working with community choirs and are being shared with others to spread the joy they have brought.
The copyright issue around arranging other people’s songs is a bit of a grey area as there’s no uncomplicated way of doing it. Hopefully, the venues at which your choir or group performs the songs will be PRS-registered, as that is a much more straightforward way to deliver royalties to the original composers.
E – Easy
M – Moderate
A Change is Gonna Come
Soul classic, written by Sam Cooke and covered by all the greats. This demands a commanding tenor lead. Backing is gorgeous, easy to sing and almost a song in it’s own right!
Auld Lang Syne
Stirring arrangement of this classic New Year’s celebration song, complete with poetry and mashup with Helen’s ‘We Got All The Love’! Just sing the Auld Lang Syne section if required.
Caravan of Love
Big hit for the Housemartins and The Isley Brothers, fun and popular with choir & audience alike.
Beautiful weaving of this traditional spiritual with Jimmy Cliff’s classic song.
Fairytale of New York
Rousing Christmas hit for The Pogues & Kirsty McCall, all the feistiness is written into this arrangement. Not difficult but helps to know the original for the structure and amount of lyrics!
Gabriel’s Message (aka Angel Gabriel)
Exquisite arrangement of this classic Christmas song.
Harvest For The World
Female-only arrangement, written for Helen’s One World show, from The Isley Bro’s original. Lots of jazzy chords.
I’d Pluck a Red Rose for my Love
New arrangement of Demelza’s song from recent series of Poldark, for female voice (SAT).
John Lennon’s classic. Lovely counter-rhythm parts for the sops, altos & basses, no dum dums! Not difficult to sing, just a lot of lyrics.
Brand new arrangement of this epic song, with Helen’s new time signature & chorus.
Killing Me Softly
Beautiful love lament, this song was made famous by Roberta Flack. Helen’s arrangement has a solo lead and optional vocal percussion.
Easy arrangement of this Bill Withers classic love song. The basses have the tune!
Movin’ On Up
Primal Scream hit, totally uplifting with extra descant in the choruses.
Bobby Day classic covered by Jackson 5 amongst others, this is an easy arrangement with the Lead vocal sung by soloists or a group of singers.
Son Of A Preacherman
Hits for Dusty & Aretha, this one rocks. Only tricky bit is the bridge.
Bee Gees disco hit. If you have willing basses to sing falsetto, this is the song for you! Extra bits by Helen here for more crazy harmonies.
Take Me To The River
Al Green soul hit, nice to add improv over the loop at the end if you can. Grooves along.
This Love Will Carry
Simple arrangement of the chorus to Dougie Maclean’s classic song. Heartfelt and easy to sing.
Trouble So Hard
Super funky arrangement of Vera Hall’s iconic hook, also used by Moby & Paulo Nutini
Try/Stay with Me mashup
Fun mashup of 2 recent soul/gospel hits by Macy Gray & Sam Smith. A clever weaving together of these songs, impossible to stand still to!
Spiritual made famous by Eva Cassidy. A big Glorious Chorus fave, great chords in the chorus and new bass tune by Helen in the intro.
We’re Walking In The Air
From the film The Snowman this song brought the audience to tears when Glorious Chorus performed it last Christmas. A classic.
Wild Mountain Thyme
Glorious Scottish / Northern Irish folk song. And.. the tune is with the basses! Add some if you don’t have many…still works a treat. The chorus is great for audiences to join in with.