Friday 8th May 2015

Friday 8th

FRIDAY: LOUDER, BRIGHTER, MORE!
Voices Now kicks off in style with a huge Friday night party filling the Roundhouse’s main space. The Gospel sounds of the B.I.G. Choir, the Roundhouse’s very own vocal pioneers and their South African sounds, Birmingham City Council Choir, the ENO Community Choir and the 60 male voices of Chaps Choir with their unique take on pop and R&B classics.

We are thrilled to announce that BAFTA / MOBO award-winning hip hop artist Akala and renowned composer / singer / multi-instrumentalist Paul Gladstone-Reid will join the Roundhouse Choir. The set will feature brand new compositions by Akala and Paul written exclusively for Voices Now 2015.

Master of UK Soul Omar will then join London’s popular Chaps Choir in a Voices Now exclusive, where together they will perform a unique version of his soul classic ‘There’s Nothing Like This’. Audiences can also expect performances from Omar with other Voices Now choirs during the evening.

Join us for a foot-stamping, hand-clapping, all-singing and all-dancing party with balloons. Lots of balloons.
19.30 Main Space

FRIDAY: LOUDER, BRIGHTER, MORE! AFTER PARTY
19.30 Torquils Bar

Saturday 9th May 2015

Saturday 9th

DEAR NIGEL… (AND DAVID, ED, NICK AND NATALIE)
12pm – 7pm

With the country likely in limbo as we wait for coalition governments to form after the General Election on 7 May, Voices Now takes the opportunity to send a singing manifesto to our main party leaders, to tell them how singing can help to make the UK a happier and healthier place. Share your ideas (serious and silly) with composer John K Miles who will use them to create a short choral piece in a day, sung live that evening on the Open Stage at 7pm and tweeted to all the main party leaders.

MAKING MUSIC OPEN STAGE
‏12pm – late, Foyer spaces
 Free & open to all
‏For the past four years, the Making Music Open Stage of Voices Now has been one of the most popular and successful elements of the festival with choirs of all styles and levels of experience taking part. In short 15-30 minute programmes, a wide variety of choral groups – classical, barbershop, gospel, R&B, world and more – will perform in the Roundhouse foyers and in Camden Markets.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHOIR SOUND INCREDIBLE
World-renowned choral director Stephen Layton leads a participatory session aimed at choral directors and leaders. Stephen shares his experiences of conducting some of the world’s best choirs while putting choral directors through their vocal paces.
13.00 StudioTheatre

BULGARIA: MYSTERIOUS VOICES
Eugenia Georgieva, director of the Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir, leads a participatory session exploring the unique, haunting sounds of Bulgaria’s choral tradition with songs for loving, lamenting, drinking and dancing.
14.30 Studio Theatre

LAND AHOY! SEA SHANTIES
Chris Samuel of the Spooky Men’s Chorale and Magnificent AK47 helps you to discover your vocal sea legs as he leads a participatory exploration of seas shanties – both ribald and reflective – from the shores of the British Isles and beyond.
16.00 Studio Theatre

KATHRYN TICKELL’S TALES
Voices Now Artist Curator Kathryn Tickell takes you on a musical journey around her native Northumberland ahead of our Saturday Session main space performance.
18.30 Studio Theatre

YOU ARE THE CHOIR!
Your chance to join with 100s of singers on the Roundhouse stage.  Discover the thrill of combining your voices with the massed choirs of Voices Now and take part in the final number of tonight’s performance. No experience, costume or confidence required.
19.15, Main Space, ticket holders only

SATURDAY SESSIONS
Join folk heroes Sam Lee and Kathryn Tickell and seven of the UK’s most exciting choirs as we journey around the folk-routes, by-ways and high-seas of England and Ireland with traditional music old and new.

Discover your inner pirate with North London’s very own 60 strong Boyband, songs of the North with Sheffield Young Singers, folk-tunes from the British and Emerald Isles with the Holst Singers and Codetta, Rutland Choral Society, Green Street Blues, and sea-shanties and drinking yarns with the Magnificent AK47.

After the show join The Magnificent AK47 and Codetta in Made Bar & Kitchen for more ribald songs and singing.
19.30 Main Space

 

19:30 - 21:30
Kathryn Tickell Voices Now

Saturday Sessions

Join folk heroes Sam Lee and Kathryn Tickell and seven of the UK’s most exciting choirs as we journey around the folk-routes, by-ways and high-seas of England and Ireland with traditional music old and new. Discover your inner pirate with North London’s very own 60 strong Boyband, songs of the North with Sheffield Young Singers,…

Venue:
Main Space, Roundhouse

Sunday 10th May 2015

Sunday 10th

MAKING MUSIC OPEN STAGE
‏12pm – late, Foyer spaces
 Free & open to all
‏For the past four years, the Making Music Open Stage of Voices Now has been one of the most popular and successful elements of the festival with choirs of all styles and levels of experience taking part. In short 15-30 minute programmes, a wide variety of choral groups – classical, barbershop, gospel, R&B, world and more – will perform in the Roundhouse foyers and in Camden Markets.

HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: SINGING WITH CHILDREN
Parents and carers of young children are continually told that singing with your child is good for their happiness and (mental) health. But what, when and how to sing? Voices Now helps you make sense of this musical magic and introduces you to songs and suggestions to use with youngsters in this participatory session.
11.00 Studio Theatre, Parents, carers and young children aged 2-5 years

DANCE, MOVE, SING!
Osnat Schmool and Hazel Gould lead singers of all and any background in a participatory session helping you to discover how physical movement and dance can help you singer better and sing more.
13.00 Studio Theatre

HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE SOUND INCREDIBLE
Donal Doherty, long-time Voices Now collaborator and Director of Codetta leads this participatory session exploring your own voices and how you use it with new tricks and techniques for experienced and newer singers alike.
15.00 Studio Theatre

SAM LEE SESSIONS
Voices Now Artist Curator Sam Lee presents a musical journey around the Traveller communities he has taken musical inspiration from ahead of our Sunday World Service main space performance.
18.30 Studio Theatre

YOU ARE THE CHOIR!
Your chance to join with 100s of singers on the Roundhouse stage.  Discover the thrill of combining your voices with the massed choirs of Voices Now and take part in the final number of tonight’s performance. No experience, costume or confidence required.
19.15, Main Space, ticket holders only

SUNDAY WORLD SERVICE
Tune-in to incredible choral sounds from around the world for the final night of Voices Now as Sam Lee and Kathryn Tickell join some of the country’s most adventurous vocal travellers.

Beginning in Kathryn Tickell’s native Northumberland and Sam Lee’s Romany explorations, our world-wide journey takes in African sounds from the Roundhouse Choir and Milton Keynes Community Choir, Bulgarian tunes from Veda Slovena and the 300 strong forces of Gurt Lush, Gospel from the B.I.G. Choir, and the deep, sonorous sounds of Georgia and Russia from the Magnificent AK47.
19.30 Main Space

11:00 - 12:00
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Happiness and health: Singing with Children

Parents and carers of young children are continually told that singing with your child is good for their happiness and (mental) health. But what, when and how to sing? Composer and Animateur John Webb helps you make sense of this musical magic and introduces you to songs and suggestions to use with youngsters in this participatory session.…

Venue:
Studio Theatre, Roundhouse
19:30 - 21:30
Sam Lee Gathering Day

Sunday World Service

Tune-in to incredible choral sounds from around the world for the final night of Voices Now as Sam Lee and Kathryn Tickell join some of the country’s most adventurous vocal travellers. Beginning in Kathryn Tickell’s native Northumberland and Sam Lee’s Romany explorations, our world-wide journey takes in African sounds from the Roundhouse Choir and Milton…

Venue:
Main space, Roundhouse