Circle Songs

Singing from the Heart Gospel Choir The Hague zingt circle song in Vredespaleis in Den Haag

Part of our singing together is in the form of circle songs: a creative and spontaneous way of creating and singing songs together as a group.

One person acts as a leader – that can be the choir conductor but also one of the singers. The leader decides how to start building a song. That can be by singing a couple of notes in a particular rhythm to each vocal group (altos, sopranos, tenors, basses). And then there is all kinds of ways to start improvising on top of these melodies, solo or in groups.

We created one circle song especially for a concert in the Peace Palace based on a Zulu song. We used the Zulu lyrics, wrote an English version, created different melodies and sang both in English and in Zulu.

We are inspired by (among others) Bobby McFerrin. Listen to one of his circle songs.