1. Living in Coventry
This embraces different musical styles from an ‘Irish’ style waltz, through Living in Coventry (LiC) riffs and a 2020:2021 chant, to rapping the places in Coventry to an accompaniment of djembes.
The choir greets the audience, as if inside the circus tent at the Assembly Festival Garden, with a really bright and breezy, 3 beats-in-a-bar waltzy welcome to the Cultural Cantata. Singing needs to be instantly strong and warm; loud and rhythmic for the C’mon section; accurate for the LiC riffs with precisely pitched choral ‘oohs’.
Teach/learn the song in sections:
Figure A Waltz KS1 Irish tinged folk dance (repeat).
B C’mon KS1 chant/clap (cumulative rhythms: 1:2:3:4).
E LiC/Ooh!/Stop your messing around.
F 2021 chant KS1; Living history counter melody. [repeat]
G Back in history.
H Coventry place names + djembes.
The LiC riffs demand good tuning and the high ‘oohs’ should be sung with a gesture (index finger of one hand pointing upwards).
Use untuned percussion to shake/tap the two beats between the 2020/21 chant.
G Extension of Living history melody and place names.
♫ Listen to other songs by the Specials.
Which of their songs can you hear in this arrangement?
[Ghost Town and Message to you Rudy]
💡 Identify different areas of the city on a map of Coventry.