Our Survey – How many choirs are there in the UK?
Voices Now wants to give choirs a voice. We drive the movement that encourages and enables all people regardless of background and previous experience to sing and enjoy listening to choirs. Through our Festivals at the Roundhouse, we have successfully created collaborations with choirs from different backgrounds and got them working with professional artists in different fields.
Voices Now puts choirs at the forefront of its work and are perfectly positioned to host a place where choirs can promote themselves, and potential singers can go to find choirs.
What’s the project?
Voices Now believes that previous research into UK choirs has not been sufficient and we think current estimates of membership are too low.
With support from the SHM Foundation, Voices Now is launching a survey to find out how many choirs there are in the UK. The results will be made publicly available on an online map so that choirs become more visible and people can see what is available in their local area.
Choir singing has measurable benefits for physical, mental and community wellbeing. We think that there are many millions of people singing in choirs every week in the UK. Hence, choirs are making a large contribution to national wellbeing and thus cutting costs in the health sector.
However, choir-singing is fragmented. Choirs from different backgrounds and musical genres have their own central membership bodies, whether they are Barbershop groups, Gospel choirs, or choral societies. Though there are many representative bodies, thousands are working on their own such that there nobody knows what sort of choirs, where they are or even how many there are.
We will publish the results of where all the choirs are on an online map and publish a report to go along side this to make the case for why choir singing is so important in the UK.
Do you sing in a choir? Do you know anyone who does? If so – please fill in our survey and pass it to anyone else you know so we can put an accurate figure on how many people really sing in choirs up and down the country.
The personal data you provide Voices Now in this survey will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and will only be used for the purposes of administering and following up on the survey.
Voices Now – What People Are Saying
Gathering Day 2016 in Birmingham
Voices Now is delighted to announce it is holding a special Gathering Day open to choirs of all kinds on Saturday 17th September 2016 12 noon – 10pm at mac Birmingham.
20 choirs from across the country come together in a celebration of song
Voices Now, the festival which celebrates the joy of singing, holds its debut event in Birmingham at mac Birmingham on Saturday 17th September 2016. 20 choirs from around the UK have been selected to perform in this special regional Gathering Day. The participating choirs encompass a broad spectrum of musical styles, backgrounds and ages, and will perform together throughout the day.
Throughout the afternoon – FREE Workshops
- 1pm Singing and Movement with Osnat Schmool
- 1pm Gospel Singing with Genevieve Sylva (SOLD OUT)
- 2.30pm Sing Like a Bloke with Chris Samuel (SOLD OUT)
- 2.30pm Sing and Move with Eska and Mara Carlyle
- 4pm Sing and Move with Eska and Mara Carlyle
Voices Now Open Stage
mac Birmingham will be filled with singing throughout the day, with vocal groups from across the country performing throughout the venue and in Cannon Hill Park, from the bars to the foyers to the studios. Open Stages performances are free and will be happening all day between 12noon and 6.30pm… and there may also be some singing in the bar after 8.30pm!
Voices Now Evening Show
The culmination of the Voices Now gathering is headlined by award-winning folk singer and songwriter Sam Lee alongside the renowned Roundhouse choir for a special performance including their BBC Folk Award winning track Lovely Molly.
Also on the bill are the Birmingham City Council Choir, who were formed in 2013 on Gareth Malone’s The Choir: Sing While you Work, and Birmingham’s own The Choir With No Name – a choir for homeless people and those on the very edges of our society.
Tickets for both the evening show and the workshops are going fast and you can get them from mac Birmingham here.
Meet the choirs who have performed at Voices Now
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