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FiVocalFiVocal is a group that doesn’t need any introduction for members of Emmanuel. They are often leading worship from the front. Rachel Smith studied music at university and is the music coordinator at the school where she teaches. Becky was taught to play the piano by Olive Kuhrt and is now a personal trainer. Mark Riches is a software engineer with a background in film and TV graphics and special effects. He is currently working in Formula 1 developing strategy and safety applications for the teams and organisers. Andy Buchanan works in IT, but his musical activities have included running his own band, singing in the choir and orchestral playing. Stuart Burke came to Emmanuel as the music and worship coordinator less than a year ago, having been a professional actor/musician for some years before that. Most recently he played the part of Hank in the West End production of Jersey Boys.
The Oak and the Ash
This traditional song is a lament by a North Country girl. Homesick for her home in the North, she thinks of the trees that were important to her whilst growing up and she longs to return to them.
"David Paich wrote this song after trying to imagine what it would be like to live in Africa. Here is a quotation from him....
At the beginning of the '80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me, and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do.
Over the Rainbow
"Over the Rainbow" is a ballad, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg. It was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz and was sung by actress Judy Garland, in her starring role as Dorothy Gale. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland's signature song, as well as one of the most enduring standards of the 20th century