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.
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
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