Programme of songs for massed choirs

This year’s theme is “Fun and Games”.

Musical Director Patrick Shepherd and his team have devised an interesting and varied programme which seeks to both educate and entertain as well as showing off the talents of the choirs, concert band and symphony orchestra – nearly four thousand children from around Canterbury!

Some of the songs will be very familiar to you, some will be totally new but hopefully there is something there for everyone! The Music Team has been looking long and hard since before last year’s festival took place to find the right songs and we hope that you enjoy singing them.

Teaching Notes

Click to download a copy of the Teaching Notes for these songs.

The massed choir songs for “Fun and Games” are …

National Anthem
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines by Ron Goodwin (from the film by the same name)
Under Southern Skies by Damien Halloran and Maria Millward (sung by Nikki Webster in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games)
Happy by Pharrell Williams (from the film Despicable Me 2)
I’d Like to Fly by David Waggoner
Mihi Mai Ra Maori lyrics by Tuini Ngawai or Ngoi Ngawai to the tune of Walk Right Back as performed by the Everly Brothers with music by Sonny Curtis;
Anthem by Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Tim Rice (from the musical, Chess)
Eye of The Tiger by Frankie Sullivan, and Jim Peterik (sung by the band, Survivor)
Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis (from the movie 1412: Conquest of Paradise directed by Ridley Scott, and also the Crusaders theme song!) Note: Rarely agreed to copyright has been obtained after direct negotiation with Vangelis.
Funiculi, Funicula music by Luigi Denza, words by Peppino Turco
We Are the Champions by Freddie Mercury