Meet the Voices Now Main Stage Choirs – Sunday

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On Sunday 9th July – five brilliant choirs will be sharing the stage with Artist Curators Willy Mason, Mara Carlyle, Tobias Hug and Osnat Schmool in We Sing Because….

Singing together is becoming an increasingly important activity for more and more people in our rapidly changing world, but everyone’s journey is different and personal.

Here the Roundhouse ChoirVeda Slovena Bulgarian ChoirCôr LlunsainLondon Humanist Choir and Soul of the City explore why we sing and why we sing together.

The choirs have been collaborating with 3 artist curators: American singer-songwriter Willy Mason, singer and arranger Mara Carlyle and choir leader and arranger Osnat Schmool (Filament Theatre) to create a unique evening of song and stories exploring music from all over the world.

The choirs have been working with the artist curators now since February on designing and rehearsing a special show for one night only! The show will feature collaborations, new material and arrangements.

Roundhouse Choir

The Roundhouse Choir are one of the most exciting youth choirs in London today who bring energy and joy to every performance they give. Approaching the end of their 8th year, the choir made up of forty 16-25 year old singers from all over London, has a repertoire as dynamic and diverse as they are: from Eastern European love songs, South African spirituals, Contemporary Opera, Pop, and commissioned work, to their own compositions. Led by Osnat Schmool and Rathi Kumar and assisted by David Cumming they’ve performed at venues across the UK and collaborated with the likes of Mercury nominated Sam Lee, Reeps One, Imogen Heap, Mark Ronson, Auclair and most recently performed at a late night BBC Prom with Jamie Cullum.

This is the Roundhouse Choir’s 4th Voices Now festival and they’re looking forward to welcoming other choirs, collaborating and sharing with singers from across the UK and the world.

Côr Llunsain

Côr Llunsain is a London-based Welsh women’s choir, and the music they sing ranges from Welsh hymns and folk tunes, to contemporary choral, mash-ups, gospel and music theatre. They especially enjoy performing new music and works by female composers. The choir was set up in 2013 and since then they have performed at many venues in London including the Houses of Parliament and Southbank Centre, as well as several TV appearances at the National and International Eisteddfod competitions in Wales, where they were prize-winners last year.

In 2015 they were selected to perform the national anthems at the Rugby World Cup Wales v England game at Twickenham Stadium in front of an audience of 80,000 fans. They will never forget the deafening roar of the crowd as the lights went down, and the spine-tingling feeling of singing their own anthem on this very special occasion.

The London Humanist Choir

The London Humanist Choir promotes humanism in the arts and is a part of the British Humanist Association (BHA). We aim to provide a group for anyone who wishes to sing non-religious music in an inclusive community founded on humanist principles. As such, we don’t audition prospective members and we help new singers with training and sectional rehearsals.

The choir performs a wide-ranging repertoire of secular music covering classical pieces, humanist ceremony music, comedy pieces and contemporary pop. Our covers include Adele, The Flaming Lips, Toto and Tim Minchin.

Soul of the City Choir

Soul of the City choir is a fun, friendly community choir singing pop, soul and gospecl classics in 4 and 5 part harmony – everything from Chaka Khan to Florence and the Machine, Bowie to Bastille and everything in between.

They think that everyone can sing and so everyone is welcome from complete beginners, to shower singers and pros and they offer a free taster session for every new singer.  With no auditions and no requirements to read music they think it’s all about the enjoyment of singing though there’s always an oppotunity to audition for a solo at one of our end of term gigs.  The session are fun, friendly, upbeat and led by an experienced vocal tutor.

They have 2 choirs – one in Brighton which meets on Tuesday nights and has a membership of approx 160 people, and one in Hassocks which meets on a Wednesday night with a membership of around 70 people.

Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir

Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir is a London based mixed-voice choir specialising in traditional Bulgarian vocal music.  Established in early 2013, the group went on to become Choir of the Day in the Open category of the Croydon audition round of Choir of the Year 2014 and has performed extensively, most notably at Brandenburg Choral Festival, Sangerstevne International Choral Festival, The Convent in Stroud, The Green Note, Chorus Festival at the Southbank and Voices Now 2015 at the Roundhouse. In 2015 Veda Slovena were special guests on A World In London on Resonance FM and performed on The Choir on BBC Radio 3 live from the Roundhouse.

The choir’s repertoire encompasses authentic antiphonal and diaphonic singing, modern 3 to 6 part arrangements and Orthodox chants, performed in original Bulgarian dialects and Church Slavonic.

The group is led by native Bulgarian singer Eugenia Georgieva who provides vocal training, choral advice and pronunciation coaching. She directs and sings with the lauded Perunika Trio and vocal fusion band YANTRA, and has lead numerous Bulgarian singing workshops, most recently for Musicport Festival, Sound Connections and Voices Now 2015 at the Roundhouse. Her teaching style targets both individual voice production and choral skills development, weaving the unique Bulgarian vocal technique into the fabric of classical choral practices.

Tickets for the show are available here.


Clare Edwards

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