Patrice Bernard was born in 1952, in Casablanca. He teaches at the Conservatoire à rayonnement regional in Paris. He composed many songs intended to be performed on stage, in a concert, on the radio and in movies. “De si jolies réclames” for mixed choir won a prize in Tours’ composition competition, in 1991. “La Muzaraigne” (CA 90) for mixed choirs was based on the text of “Contes drôlatique” by Honoré de Balzac. He set to music Andrée Chedid’s poem “Grammaire en fête” and he won the first prize in March 2003, in composition of unaccompanied composition for equal voices. He set to music Paul Éluard’s poem “Le château des pauvres” and Michelle Roustan’s poem “C’est si beau la terre.” He won the 2nd prize to the competition of instrumental accompaniment organized by À Coeur Joie and Éditions À Coeur Joie in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. The Éditions À Coeur Joie published other works by Patrice Bernard based on poems by Jacques Poitevin: a musical tale for the Epiphany entitled “La tunique de Raïcha” and 10 choral songs for equal voices.
The choirmaster and composer Alberto Grau was born in 1937. He is one of the best Venezuelan musicians of our days. He became one the most important choral music composer in Latin America. Many works were published by great publishers in the United States, in England, in Venezuela and in France. He studied with the greatest Venezuelan experts. He won many prizes for his choral works. He founded the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and won the 1st prize for Guido d’Arezzo competition in 1974, and for Orfeón Universitario Simón Bolívar. He taught conducting for more than 30 years at the Institut Unversitaire d’Études Musicales and at the Simón Bolívar University, Caracas. He was a vice-president of the International Federation for Choral Music from 1982 to 1996. He is now focused on projects like “Construir Cantado” (building and singing) that have a great educational impact on thousands of children in Latin America.
Singing is also a work out, so why not sing about sports? There are heroes and songs galore on the subject. Let us sing classical tunes, contemporary pieces, nursery rhymes, film music, fan music and why not our very own Haka? Ready, set… Sing!
Emmanuelle Guillot-Droullé holds the highest degrees in choral conducting and teaches since 1994 at the conservatoire of Metz (France). She has been conducting the 200-singers-choir Le Grand Choeur du Festival International de Chant Choral Nancy - Voix du Monde. She also produced various recordings for children and accompanies herself on the harp in performances for foster children.
She is also a member of vocal group Piccolo with whom she sings, composes, records and produces staged vocal shows.
Pierre-Gérard Verny arranged these 11 famous songs of jazz and traditional gospel. They are intended to be performed by the children’s choir Ça Déméjazz which was conducted by Fanja Rahajason from 1999 to 2002. This choir was made of children from 9 to 11 who did not have an audition to be part of it. That’s why those songs can be performed by every child. A CD including the vocal version and instrumental version of the work and finger syncing versions when there is no instrumentists.