I have a boy aged 12-13 who will be taking Grade 5 in April (Standard Visit); hopefully his treble voice will last.
He was going to sing A9 Where're you walk but mummy has said that this is not his cup of tea. She is OK with B5 Simple Gifts and C29 Linden Lea.
Setting aside the issue of whether or not I should resist mummy's opinion I am now looking for another A song for him.
Does anybody know the A1 arr. Jay Althouse Shenandoah in Folk Songs for Solo singers? ABRSM say it has to be this version (I have phoned) but the book costs ?12.50 and if I don't like it that's money wasted, although there is another A song in there. The Helmholtz range notation seems rather odd to me [a typo perhaps] in the syllabus but I think one is allowed to transpose the music to a key which suits the voice (according to page 6 of the syllabus).
If I cannot find a sing to suit him he will do A9 because I think it suits his voice. Mummy is concerned about the ornaments in the reprise of the first section. Is it necessary to add the ornaments/variations at Grade 5? - he has been using the ABRSM Songbook.