Alex Ho: Tah Dah!
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
A stimulating challenge for young adult singers and a sparkling, impressive start to a programme
I love Alex Ho's Tah Dah!, an exuberant, fanfare-like piece. It includes an array of extended vocal techniques including lip trills, which in fact end the piece in a huge fortissimo and a ‘lip smack’, which the composer suggests should sound ‘like a balloon popping’. Written for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Fellowship Ensemble, this is obviously a piece for technically competent singers but, with its strong structure and beautifully crafted writing which leads the vocal lines clearly throughout, it could be a stimulating challenge for young adult singers and a sparkling, impressive start to a programme.
SATB unacc. Stainer & Bell Ltd ISMN 9790220229117; CN6OP (print) £2.25; CN60M (30-print pdf) £20.00