Listen to Sheila Joynes
This page contains links to some free
MP3 files and videos you can download showcasing some of
Sheila's musical talents. You will find a wide
variety of styles and indeed, instruments. These are not professional recordings but ones Sheila
herself has made, so please bear this in mind when you
Rachmaninov's "Vocalise", a piece originally written
to be sung but without words. This arrangement is
for cello and piano. Sheila plays cello with
Martin Wall on piano. Recorded in Pershore Abbey in the
summer of 2000.
Swan" from "The Carnival of the Animals".
Sheila plays cello with Martin Wall on Piano, recorded
in the summer of 2000 in Pershore Abbey. The piano
represents the rippling water while the cello becomes
the elegant swan swimming gracefully. This was the
only movement of "Carnival of the Animals" that Saint-Saëns
allowed to be published during his lifetime. Anna
Pavlova made this piece famous by using it for her
renowned "Dance of the Swans".
plays one of her own compositions on Piano.
"Favourite Melodies", it is written in the style of
Ivor Novello. Written on the spur of the moment
between lessons, Sheila composed this the day after
seeing Anthony Valentine in "The Dancing Years"
"Angelus". Supposed to represent the striking
of the Angelus bell. Sheila plays harp on this
recording. The first notes which represent the
striking of the bell are F sharp and G flat played
simultaneously which is possible on a harp but not on a
piano. If you want to know why, ask Sheila via her
Gershwin's well known music from "Porgy and Bess".
Sheila plays cello with Martin Wall on piano.
Recorded in Pershore Abbey during the summer of 2000.
Angus". Sheila sings unaccompanied a Scottish
lullaby which she used to sing for her two daughters.
When Helen, now 23, went to college, she asked Sheila to
record this so she could take it with her to listen to when
she went to bed!
of Holiness" – Sheila sings one of the Iona community
hymns based on the tune of “Blow the Wind Southerly”.
"Ave Verum" – Sheila plays this on the organ at Pershore
Abbey where she was Director of Music from January 2003 to
August 2004. It became a favourite for Sheila as an
anthem which the Pershore Abbey Choir performed a number of
is one of Sheila’s favourite loud organ voluntaries.
"Karg Elert – Nun Danket". Sheila played this for
a BBC radio programme similar to Songs of Praise. At
the time, she was Deputy Organist at Pershore Abbey and the
lady producer was somewhat nervous wondering how competent
Sheila's performance would be. After the programme she
asked if they could keep the recording of Nun Danket and
play it at other times - she was so impressed!
The Lord’s Prayer. Sheila was inspired to write this
after hearing the voice of the then vicar of Pershore,
Michael Tristram, at a Taizé-style service in the Abbey.
Sheila wrote a complete set of Responses with this setting
of The Lord’s Prayer specially for the Abbey Choir and
Michael. It contains tricky harmonies and the setting
is in the most cheerful key she could think of - F# major!!
This is a recording of its first performance in the Abbey in
September of 2000 during Sheila’s time as Assistant
Organist. Being immediately after the summer break, it
was somewhat under-rehearsed but the the music and the solo
voice make it well worth a listen. If your church or
choir wishes to use this music, please contact Sheila via
in Love". Another of Sheila's own compositions.
This is in the style of Noel Coward who was another of
Sheila’s favourites song writers.
"Au Bord de Rouisseau".
"By the Stream". Listen for the rippling water on the harp.