1. Living in Coventry
This embraces different musical styles from an ‘Irish’ style waltz through LiC riffs and a 2020:2021 chant to rapping the places in Coventry over a djembe accompaniment.
The choir greets the audience, as if inside a circus tent, with a really bright and cheery, waltzy, 3 beats-in-a-bar welcome to the Cultural Cantata. Singing needs to be instantly strong and warm; loud and rhythmic for the C’mon section; accurate for the Living in Coventry riffs with carefully placed high pitched choral ‘oohs’.
Teach/learn the song in sections:
Figure A Waltz KS1 Irish tinged folk dance (sing twice).
B C’mon KS1 chant/clap (cumulative rhythms: 1:2:3:4).
C Living in Coventry/Ooh!
D Living in Coventry/Godiva.
E Living in Coventry/Ooh!/Stop your messing around.
F 2021 refrain KS1; Living history counter melody. [REPEAT]
G Back in history.
H Cov 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 refrain.
G Extension of Living history melody and city places chant.
♫ 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.