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Boybershop Live

by Boybershop

A lively album by a Jewish barbershop quartet, including close harmony arrangements of popular classics, liturgical compositions and new compositions. Humorous, serious and punchy.
Genre: Easy Listening: Barbershop Quartet
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1. Country Gardens
1:35 $0.99
2. Horace the Horse
1:18 $0.99
3. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
1:32 $0.99
4. Mary Lou
1:19 $0.99
5. Y'did Nefesh
4:21 $0.99
6. V'yeetayu
3:45 $0.99
7. Shir Hama'alot
2:27 $0.99
8. Spoken Introduction to 'In the Bath'
1:03 $0.99
9. In the Bath
4:32 $0.99
10. Spoken Introduction to 'Jewish Nursery Rhyme'
1:27 $0.99
11. Jewish Nursery Rhyme
2:05 $0.99
12. Spoken Introduction to 'Jewish Cowgirl'
0:52 $0.99
13. The Jewish Cowgirl
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Album Notes
This album was recorded live at bOYbershop's concert for the Spiro Ark in June 2009 (their first full-length London concert). It features examples of the quartet's wide repertoire, including music by Jewish composers Louis Lewandowski and Raymond Goldstein, as well as close harmony classics, humorous music by Flanders and Swann and two comic compositions by the group's founder, Benjamin Wolf. Look out for the ever-popular Jewish Cowgirl Song.

1) Country Gardens
An English folksong originally arranged by Percy Grainger, and now freely re-arranged for male-voice quartet by David Tall.
2) Horace the Horse
The not-so-sad story of a horse on a merry-go-round who thinks that he is always following the others. An old classic from the early twentieth century, rearranged by John Caithness.
3) Yes Sir, That’s My Baby
Another classic from the 1920s, arranged for barbershop quartet.
4) Mary Lou
Another popular classic – this time from the 1960s, and written by Gene Pitney – rearranged for barbershop quartet.
5) Y’did Nefesh
A change of mood. This is a traditional sephardi melody for a song which is regularly sung on the Jewish Sabbath. It is arranged by Raymond Goldstein, who is associate conductor and resident composer/arranger at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem.
6) V’yeetayu
Another piece of Jewish classical music. This text comes from the Yom Kippur liturgy. The music was written by Louis Lewandowski – the most popular of the nineteenth-century composers of Jewish choral music – and has been adapted for male-voice choir by Raymond Goldstein.
7) Shir Hama’alot
A setting of Psalm 126 to a well-known melody, which is often used for grace after meals.
8) Introduction to ‘In the Bath’
A spoken introduction from our concert. It should tell you more than these notes…
9) ‘In the Bath’
A humorous song by the masterful Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, performed as part of their revue in the 1950s and 1960s. This is a mildly satirical song, originally arranged by Gordon Langford. It has been rearranged for quartet (and updated for modern times) by Benjamin Wolf.
10) Introduction to ‘Jewish Nursery Rhyme’
The end of our album consists of two humorous songs written specially for bOYbershop. The first is introduced here.
11) The Jewish Nursery Rhyme
A song about a girl and a boy, with consequences.
12) Introduction to the Jewish Cowgirl.
Another introduction to another song about a girl and a boy, with further consequences.
13) The Jewish Cowgirl
Already a favourite with fans of bOYbershop. What happens when a nice Jewish boy from London goes on holiday to the US…?

About Us
bOYbershop is a recently formed quartet comprising four well-known, classically-trained, Jewish musicians. The quartet has performed for the Spiro Ark Centre, the Lord Mayor of London and at various concerts alongside the Zemel Choir. It combines Jewish repertoire with close harmony and compositions by its founder member, Benjamin Wolf. Its members lead busy lives as soloists, opera singers and musical directors.

Marc Finer is a former Cambridge choral scholar, winner of the London Girton Association music award, and is in great demand as both a cantorial and oratorio soloist. He is also chazan at Edgware Reform Synagogue.

Eliot Alderman is Director of Music of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation, the oldest Jewish congregation in the British Isles. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, and regularly appears as both a Chazan and as an opera singer across the UK.

Benjamin Seifert was an Oxford choral scholar, and subsequently trained at the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed at major London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. He has performed, amongst others, with British Youth Opera, Opera Holland Park, Tete a Tete Opera and Opera by Definition. He is at present performing at Grange Park Opera. Since 2006 he has been Director of Music at Hendon Reform Synagogue.

Benjamin Wolf is a former Oxford choral scholar, and is familiar as Musical Director of the Zemel Choir, the choir of Belsize Square Synagogue, the Rushmoor Choir and the Wallace Ensemble, as well as appearing regularly as accompanist for singers and chazzanim. He has also written music for orchestra, choir and, more recently, bOYbershop quartet.



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