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This CD from the internationally acclaimed Choir of Ormond College, celebrates the fun side of singing! Directed by Douglas Lawrence.

Singing can be a serious business. Indeed a great deal of effort goes into striving for perfection in the performance of all classical music. There is however a lighter side to all this. We trust that you laughed with us on I Can Tell the World, and now we want you to laugh with us again; well, at least smile a lot. If you don't laugh with the comrades on track 14 you surely need to lighten up.

Many of these pieces have been sung in concert or at parties after concerts. Especially in Germany where we have been hosted many times; choirs love to get together to sing and to laugh. So laugh away, smile at the madrigals and perhaps even feel a little sad with Vaughan Williams and William Shakespeare.

- Douglas Lawrence


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

“Highlights include the jazzy Java Jive, a delicious version of Goodnight Sweetheart (1950s doo wop hit for the Spaniels) ... This is a highly enjoyable album by a virtuoso choir in marvellous form.”

New Classics, UK

“...sung a capella with considerable choral virtuosity, but also a light and musical touch. Singing is and always has been a simple but key human pleasure, and this collection across eight centuries of songs popular in their time will indeed make you smile”

— Barney Zwartz, The Sunday Age

“the choir handles close harmony singing effortlessly ... I think its an excellent presentation by the Ormond Choir ... certainly it performs well”

— John Worcester, 3MBS FM Libretto

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Java Jive Milton Drake Ben Oakland Arr: The Manhattan Transfer Kirby Shaw 2:28
  2. Chili Con Carne Anders Edenroth 4:16
  3. Goodnight Sweetheart Calvin Carter James Hudson Arr: Lachlan Mackenzie-Spencer 2:23
  4. Soul Bossa Nova [theme from 'Austin Powers'] Quincy Jones Arr: Alexander L'Estrange 2:41
  5. A Sweet Day or Virtue Ralph Vaughan Williams George Herbert 2:24
  6. The Willow Song Ralph Vaughan Williams William Shakespeare 2:10
  7. O Mistress Mine Ralph Vaughan Williams William Shakespeare 1:15
  8. Dame Vailans [anon 14th Century French] 1:54
  9. Allegez moi Josquin Des Prez 1:51
  10. Charm Me Asleep Henry Leslie Robert Herrick Arr: King's Singers 2:41
  11. Lay a Garland Robert Lucas Pearsall Francis Beaumont 2:23
  12. Sweet and Low Joseph Barnby Alfred Lord Tennyson 2:45
  13. In einem Kühlen Grunde Friedrich Glück Karl Eichenforff Arr: Harry Frommermann 2:38
  14. Laughing (Lachen) Franz Abt G Hesekial 1:30
  15. Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel? (Spiritual) Arr: Moses Hogan 3:02
  16. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me (Spiritual) Arr: Moses Hogan 3:29
  17. Calvary (Spiritual) Arr: Vaughan McAlley 2:46
  18. Abide With Me William H. Monk Henry F. Lyte Arr: Moses Hogan 3:34
  19. My Soul's been Anchored in the Lord (Spiritual) Arr: Moses Hogan 3:29



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.

Vaughan McAlley

Vaughan is a composer and arranger, a capable flautist and french horn player as well as engineer of countless Move CD releases.

Where to buy

Laughing is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Laughing 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
49 minutes 39 seconds
Howard Birnstihl
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
December 2006
© 2006 Move Records
℗ 2006 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3306
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574330625