I think we’ll feel the ripples of this for a long time to come yet… Choir Participant
Singing. For Everyone. Everywhere.
At Voices Now we know that singing in choirs is hugely beneficial in terms of physical and mental health and bringing together communities. We are the movement that encourages and enables all people regardless of background and previous experience to sing and enjoy listening to choirs. We will enable choirs from any and every background to come together and share ideas and music in a non-competitive environment.
We’re currently planning for our 5th biennial Music Festival in London’s iconic Roundhouse in 2020 and a series of regional gatherings around the UK later in 2018 and 2019.
We have also just competed our first ambitious piece of research to find all the choirs in the UK and find out who is singing what and where. Our Big Choral Census found out that there are over 40,000 choirs in the UK.
The Future and how you can get involved
Choir singing has never been more popular in the UK and, we believe there are more people singing in the UK than ever before. We want not only to celebrate the diverse nature and sheer numbers of choirs, but also give them a voice and a place where all singers and potential singers belong.
We all know how great that is already – and about the health and social benefits that go with it, but we think it demands a much higher position on the cultural agenda and to be taken far more seriously by health professionals and administrators.
We’d also like to increase opportunities for choirs to work with each other and professional artists, create resources for meaningful professional development for choir leaders as well as providing a forum for choir-leaders to communicate – it can be a pretty lonely job sometimes. And choir-singers don’t really have a place where they can feel connected to the wider singing world either, something we’d like to address.
Voices Now was founded in 2011 by Matthew Swann with Stephen Layton and Maurice Biriotti as a response to the explosion of interest in singing in the UK and aimed to showcase choirs through ambitious events that brought singers of all abilities and experiences together in a non competitive environment.
If you would like to help us develop this work you can get involved directly – Join the Movement
Voices Now is a member of the Singing Network UK