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Description

The Maria Fidelis convent school gospel choir sing an arrangement of the spiritual 'O Mary, O Martha'. This performance won the 2010 BBC School Choir of the Year competition. The choir is led by a conductor with piano accompaniment. The exceptional performance also features choreographed movements. This jazz-gospel piece arranged by conductor Karen Gibson features call and response, highly idiomatic effective imitative staggered entries from the parts, close harmonies and a rich, jazz piano accompaniment.
Songs of Praise
This clip is from:
Songs of Praise, Senior School Choir of the Year
First broadcast:
18 April 2010

Classroom Ideas

Give students the ensemble performance marking criteria and ask them to mark the performance. Make reference to compositional techniques used, such as call and response, and ask students to make links with other music styles that feature call and response.