This website was initially created to provide resources for the Vocal Union project based at the Sage Gateshead. All materials on the site are freely available to people working in community music and education.

The site is currently hosted by Jilly Jarman from BlueJam Arts.

BlueJam Arts is hub for innovative and inclusive music-making in Cumbria and across the UK.


Message from Jilly Jarman from BlueJam Arts:

On this website you will find material for use in your school, choir or community group.

All songs have been credited either as traditional (non-copyright) or as new material reproduced here with permission.
Please contact us if you have interesting or different information about any songs or would like to add your own material or material created in your projects to this resource.

For example, ff you write a song with your class or group, send it to us as an mp3 with lyric sheet or as a score and we will put it up on the site. You can then play it back to your group so they can see what they have done. If other groups use it they can can let us know through the site.
For example the Olympic song "Let My Feet Have Wings!" was an important enabler for the young northern musicians who wrote it as they saw how other people around the UK wanted to sing their song and add their own bits to it.

February 2016


Comment on Vocal Union Resources website:

"Great resource for anyone interested in harmony singing, young or old, teacher or practitioner. As anyone knows who's been involved with vocal groups, it's all about finding good arrangements, and it's wonderful that so much excellent material is being made available here. Not only songs but warm ups and riffs and music from other cultures, the kind of things you need to keep rehearsals interesting and fun. Thank you and keep up the good work!"

Richard Jones, member of Conchords, male a cappella quartet based in Hazel Grove, Stockport, singing barbershop, doo wop and other arrangement

"Lovely resource" - T, Feb 2016


New Additions:

Songs written by music teacher, David Gray for his school, Barton Hill Academy.

Great to get new material that is being performed by young people - mp3s of their concert will uploaded very soon.

Bienvenue | score

Hear Me Sing | score

Walking Along | score

I Hate Singing! score | lyrics | chords

Sing a Song | score

Echo Echo | score

"Jack's Jive" written by Jack Moore from Cockermouth.
BlueJam Songwriting Day, Penrith

Jack wrote this based on "Rhythm Changes" jazz chord sequence and song structure, then played it with the group. Great! Here is a version he played drums and sax on himself.
mp3 | score

"World Journey Song" written by St Herbert's School, Keswick

Part of the film soundtrack for their performance at Keswick Film Festival, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Feb 2013. score | score Bb
see New Compositions and Arrangements S-Z

"Let My feet Have Wings"

New Olympic Anthem written by young musicians from Northumberland and Cumbria! Has been sung by over 1,500 young voices across UK.

Find out about it here, plus scores, backing tracks and videos

Discussion document on Vocal Union: 'Singing in primary schools, a creative thread through the curriculum' by Sarah Kekus

This website resource is currently unfunded and updated voluntarily. We constantly get feedback from community musicians who use it and are pleased to support it. Jilly Jarman

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