Potter’s Diddle March
Local friends of mine when I lived in Galloway – both potters – wanted nothing but singing at their wedding and asked if my choir could sing for them. In Scandinavia as well as Shetland and Orkney in Scotland there are traditions of wedding marches played on the fiddle to escort the couple to and from the church, so I wrote a similar style of (wordless) wedding march to sing while Hannah came up the isle and for when she and Doug left the church together. It needed to be celebratory and exciting to sing and easy (because we didn’t have long to learn it). Like the traditional wedding marches, I included drones to imitate the fiddle drone strings. And I added the sound of bells ringing through the piece to make it sound like a celebration.
Intro, A and B section in 4 parts – mostly wordless
Ring bells ring
pdf of background notes and teaching ideas, pdf of score, mp3 recording of whole song, mp3 separate parts