John Fletcher Music, YouTube & other websites with rehearsal files
John Fletcher Music
Many members of the choir are using the very well stocked library of .mp3 rehearsal music files that JFM
provides on his website. He pays The Performing Rights Society & copyright holders of the music for using the in-copyright material. Out of copyright scores are free. (this applies, I believe, to G&S and the Opera Choruses). The address is: https://johnfletchermusic.org
His home page has a free Elgar .mp3 to try out. If you wish to join as a choir member, the cost is around £3 per year. Just send your full name & email address to me, Jan Traylen. firstname.lastname@example.org (to contact the choir secretary please use 'contact Dunsford Singers' on the home page), by doing this you agree to my sharing your details.
An email link to JFM registration page will then be sent from his site, agree to opt-in & create a password, then you're in. Now search for the music, select the version required, then download & save the .mp3 files or stream them.
JFM also stores MIDI files (amongst others), these are only available for download of music out of copyright. MIDI files contain all the parts & instruments used, in one download. These parts can then be customised according to your wishes.
NOT RECEIVING JFM EMAILS? Here is a link to a choir that has very good instruction for btinternet users who may not be receiving the JFM invite email: http://hexham-orpheus-choir.org.uk/btinternet-email/
These are the two address you should add to contacts/people/safe list to, hopefully, let the emails through btinternets rather over zealous (in my view) spam filters: and
The site is full of help, so do look at the site if you're confused or just downright frustrated! That's all that I've done. You'll get the hang of it.......
Searching for music
John suggests keeping the number of words entered in the box to a few. e.g. 'bach o jesu christ' so don't add 'words by Martin Behm'. Often a number of results are found, choose the one with words by Martin Behm at this stage. Oddly, searching for 'toto africa' music was not found by entering these two words! Only 'africa' got a result! These tips are from previous years but are kept to give you the idea. Persevere!
Once you've found the correct piece click on its large blue title. The next page populates the SATB files & voice splits and shows at the top of the page instructions on how to proceed.
JFM search key word hints for our summer concert 2020
'Helpful Hints' on search words for Opera Choruses
Habanera from Carmen (Bizet) just enter: habanera
Chorus of Enchanted Islanders (Handel): enchanted islanders
Humming chorus From Madama Butterfly (Puccini): humming
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco (Verdi): hebrew slaves verdi rutter
Soldiers' Chorus ( tenors and basses) from Il trovatore (Verdi): I did not find the Rutter collected version on JFM site, only the Gounod opera - Faust, Soldiers' Chorus.
'Helpful Hints' on search words for G & S for Choirs
Buon'giornio Signorine from The Gondoliers: I did not find this
I Have a Song to Sing,O! from The Yeomen of the Guard: I did not find this
Sighing Softly to the River from Pirates of Penzance: I did not find this
A Policeman's Lot from Pirates of Penzance: I did not find this
'Helpful Hints' on search words for Phantom of the Opera
Medley version (not the other one on JFM site) just enter: phantom medley lojeski
'Helpful Hints' on search words for Bohemian Rhapsody
This is the one we need, the other versions ore not right for us, so enter: bohemian brymer satb
I found the above search words helpful: type or copy & paste them into 'search the Rehearsal Files' box on JFM site & see the results. Choose the one in the list that's the correct version, arranger etc., click on the blue title, now click on your part and save or stream it (see 'Searching for music' on this page).
Other websites to use..........
This links to Pirates of Penzance and all the parts can be streamed along with slowing/speeding-up the
part. When a Felon's Not Engaged - No. 24, is the one we need i.e. A Policeman's Lot, along with Sighing
Try this site for more help with G&S........
Chord Perfect (streaming is free): https://www.chordperfect.com/composers/
ChoraLine https://www.choraline.com/ (pay for, around £13.99 per part?)
This YouTube site has some parts (no G&S parts though): https://www.youtube.com/user/Choirparts/playlists
I Have a Song to Sing,O! from The Yeomen of the Guard (no parts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONyJ_XIo_4A
One from our newsletter - Verdi, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves tenor part:
Verdi, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves bass part: