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I Can Tell The World

This CD features saucy rounds, madrigals and drinking songs performed by one of Australia's best choirs, directed by Douglas Lawrence.

Yet another disc from one of Australia's best choirs - the Choir of Ormond College!

During their European tour in the early 1990s, the critics in Europe were quite ecstactic about the repertoire found on this recording.

Madrigals and drinking songs are part of the repertoire of this choir which enjoys an enviable international reputation. Features saucy rounds by Purcell, English folk songs including Vaughan Williams' 'Greensleeves ' and Percy Grainger's arrangements of 'Brigg Fair' and 'Irish tune from County Derry', beautiful interpretations of seven spirituals including 'I Can Tell the World', 'Wade in the Water' 'Ac–cent–tchu–ate the Positive' and 'Now is the Month of Maying'.


Choir of Ormond College

Since its inception in 1982 under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, the Choir of Ormond College has become the first Australian choir to receive ongoing international recognition.

Douglas Lawrence

Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.

Press quotes

“Let me make my prejudices clear. I don't like this type of music. Unaccompanied Renaissance choral singing is really not my cup of tea. Here is austerity and purity to the nth degree. But even a Philistine like me can recognise that Douglas Lawrence and the Choir of Ormond College can sing this sort of music better than almost anybody else in the world. The Choir of Ormond College, under the direction of Douglas Lawrence, is a world-class a sumptuous mixture of songs, spirituals, rounds, madrigals and folksongs. The record has all the feeling of being an adventure – a wide variety of types of music, an energetic bounce of delivery, and more than a few rude lyrics.”

— B.G., Melbourne Report

“'I can tell the World' and 'Deep River' proved the worthy voices, the homogeneity and the captivating intonation of this vocal ensemble.”

Osnabrücker Zeitung

“sung with infectious joy and rhythm”

— Stefan Hansen, Naestved Times

“performed with great expressive strength”

— Regina Leistner, Berliner Morgenpost

“these young acapella singers obviously relish the uncloistered repertoire ... interpreted with great beauty ... sheer pleasure.”

— Mike Daly, The Age - Green Guide

Audio preview

Track Listing

  1. I Can Tell the World (Traditional) Arr: Jester Hairston :01
  2. Give Me Jesus (Traditional) 3:07
  3. Free at Last (Traditional) Arr: Jester Hairston 1:23
  4. Elijah Rock (Traditional) Arr: Jester Hairston 2:49
  5. He Had to Run (Traditional) 1:16
  6. Deep River (Traditional) 2:27
  7. Wade in the Water (Traditional) 1:54
  8. Brigg Fair Percy Grainger 2:36
  9. Irish Tune From County Derry (Londonderry Air) Percy Grainger 3:21
  10. Once, Twice, Thrice Henry Purcell 3:06
  11. Sir Walter Henry Purcell 2:17
  12. Upon Woman's Love Henry Purcell :37
  13. An Old Epitaph Henry Purcell 2:30
  14. I Gave her Cakes Henry Purcell 1:58
  15. Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive Johnny Mercer Harold Arlen 2:20
  16. Voices John Fleming 2:10
  17. Among the Leaves so Green, O (Traditional) Arr: John Byrt 2:24
  18. Greensleeves (Traditional) Arr: Ralph Vaughan Williams 5:40
  19. Yarmouth Fair (Traditional) Arr: Peter Warlock 2:23
  20. Now is the Month of Maying Thomas Morley 2:09
  21. The Silver Swan Thomas Morley 1:21
  22. April is my Mistress' Face Thomas Weelkes 1:18
  23. Matonia Mia Cara Orlando di Lasso 2:17
  24. Il est bel et bon Pierre Passereau 1:14
  25. Quand je bois (Anon Attaingnant) 1:25
  26. C'est trop parle de Bacchaus Pierre Certon 1:48
  27. Bushes and Briars (Traditional) Arr: Donald James 3:08
  28. I Love my Love (Traditional) Arr: Gustav Holst 5:00
  29. The music lesson (Anonymous) 1:47



Percy Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is one of Australia's best known composers. A brilliant arranger of folk music but also a pioneer in percussion and electronic music, Grainger's Warriors was recently heard in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.

Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen wrote some of the greatest hits from the '30s and '40s, including the entire score to the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name of Welsh origin), was vicar.

Where to buy

I Can Tell The World is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

I Can Tell The World is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
65 minutes 46 seconds
Martin Wright
Release date
© 1991 Move Records
℗ 1991 Move Records
Choral, Classical, Folk music
Catalogue number
MD 3109
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574310924