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Wish You Were Here

for children's choir with piano accompaniment

Year:  2003

Year:  2003

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-2, 4-5, 14-15, 18-19

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About

These four songs were written with younger singers in mind, although they could be sung by singers of any age. The texts are by poet Colin McNaughton whose poetry, especially that for children, is widely published. The first song is in the form of a postcard and tells of the conditions found on holiday - the state of the sea, the weather, the food, the hotel and so on. The second song presents, from the point of view of the child, the thoughts and feelings of someone who has run away from home. The third song is a lament by a teacher who has returned to the 'daily classroom riot' from an idyllic month away on holiday. The final song suggests one of those energetic English folksongs that seem to have interminable verses and a refrain of nonsense words.


Contents note

Four songs:

  1. Wish You Were Here
  2. Strollin' Down the Highway Leavin' Home Travellin' Blues
  3. The Teacher's Holiday Lament
  4. As I went Walking

Text note

Text by Colin McNaughton