About the Language of Song
The Language of Song is a Faber Music published award-winning series of books by ABRSM examiners and professional singers, Heidi Pegler and Nicola-Jane Kemp.
Voted 'Best Educational Publication' at the 2007 Music Industries Association Awards, this innovative series is an invaluable resource for teachers and singing students of all levels, providing classic song repertoire, carefully selected to develop the vital skills required to sing in a foreign language.
Purchase any song from the best-selling books as KR file in the in-app store of the KR Player and enjoy automatically scrolling digital sheet music with accompanying audio, including the spoken text for each song as well as the piano accompaniment. You can speed up and slow down any song without changing the pitch, you can transpose the audio to different keys, loop tricky sections all whilst the highlight bar is always showing where you are in the music.
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About Heidi Pegler
Heidi Pegler studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music, London. She sings with the London Voices and the All Souls Orchestra and has performed at many of the leading concert venues in this country. She is currently Head of Singing at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith, where she runs a lively and busy singing department and is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Heidi was part of a team overseeing the new ABRSM Singing Syllabus. She was a contributor on both A Common Approach 2002 (Faber) and All Together! (ABRSM) a book focusing on peripatetic teaching in groups. She edited and devised the award-winning series The Language of Song (Faber) with friend and colleague, Nicola-Jane Kemp. She has also recently published It’s never too late to sing (Faber) with Pam Wedgwood, a tutor book for beginner singers; It's never too late to sing Christmas (Faber) and The Best of Singing (Faber) Grades 1-3 and 4-5 selecting highlights from the ABRSM singing syllabus.
About Nicola-Jane Kemp
Nicola-Jane Kemp was a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and studied at Cambridge University, The Royal College of Music and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She subsequently forged a career as a coloratura soprano (with a signature role of “Queen of the Night”) and has worked for companies as diverse as Music Theatre Wales, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France and BBC Radio 2 (Friday Night is Music Night). Her concert work takes her all round the UK, including the South Bank, Barbican and St John’s Smith Square in London, and to the Middle East.
She currently teaches choral scholars at Clare and Queens’ Colleges, Cambridge where she also organises annual masterclasses with artists such as Michael Chance OBE, Ann Murray DBE and Roderick Williams. She also teaches at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London with co-editor Heidi Pegler. She is a Grade and Diploma examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals and a council member of the Association of Teachers of Singing. She has given masterclasses and workshops at The Winchester Solo Singers Course and also in conjunction with Suzi Digby OBE and The Voices Foundation.
With Heidi Pegler, their series of songbooks - The Language of Song published by Faber Music - was awarded “Best Education Publication” by the British Music Industries Association in 2007. The series now comprises seven volumes and provides a resource for students and teachers learning to sing in foreign languages.
Watch this video: Galina Vishnevskaya sings Tchaikovsky's romances in the concert of 1964. Here she sings a romance 'Do not believe,my friend' (. Не верь, мой друг ) op.6 no. 1 of Tchaikovsky, lyrics by A.Tolstoy. Piano - Mstislav Rostropovich. This is one of the songs in the 'Language of Song' (Advanced) series.