The ever popular Voices Now workshop programme is filling up fast – remember tickets are free of charge – but you do need to book tickets:
SATURDAY 8th JULY WORKSHOPS
SINGING & MOVEMENT WORKSHOP – DANCE, MOVE, SING!
11AM – ADMISSION FREE – get tickets here. Osnat Schmool and Sabina Netherclift from Filament Theatre lead singers of any and all backgrounds in a participatory session helping you to discover how physical movement and dance can help you sing better and sing more.
BEATBOXING WORKSHOP WITH MC ZANI
1:30PM – ADMISSION FREE – get tickets here. Come and learn to Beatbox with MC Zani, UK Beatbox Champion 2008, World finalist 2012, producer, MC, TV presenter and musician based in East London. Anyone can come along and learn to create their own sounds, improve their beatbox skills, experiment with their own voice and explore their creativity. At 28, MC Zani is already a veteran on the scene with over 10 years beatboxing under his belt, having performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages (Madison Square Garden, Glastonbury to name a few) and supported some highly respected artists including Ludacris, 50 Cent, Taylor Swift, Sean Paul and many more.
GOSPEL SINGING WITH GENEVIEVE SYLVA
4PM – ADMISSION FREE – get tickets here. Come and learn to sing Gospel songs with Genevieve Sylva. Genevieve will share with you her own unique smooth but exuberant vocal style and get everyone singing together. Whether you are new to Gospel singing or an experienced singer, this workshop will be a fun an uplifting opportunity to develop your singing and learn some new songs.
Genevieve performs with Black Voices, who shared the stage with Nina Simone, Ray Charlesand Destiny’s Child. She has toured worldwide, experiencing many different styles and cultures. She also performs with the energetic West Midlands based group, Up 4 the Down Stroke.
SUNDAY 9th JULY WORKSHOPS
EARLY YEARS WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES WITH ROSIE ADEDIRAN
11am – FREE ADMISSION – get tickets here. Singer and workshop leader Rosie Adediran will lead a workshop for families with children under 5 inspired by the theme from Sunday’s evening show, ‘We Sing Because…’ The workshop will feature a variety of songs that the whole family will enjoy, as well as exploring music and song through play, puppets, storytelling and parachutes.
Rosie is a singer, songwriter and music leader who works in educational, community and corporate settings with groups of people of all ages and backgrounds. Known for her energetic and inclusive approach, she continues to spearhead new creative projects for organisations such as Spitalfields Music, Wigmore Hall, Creative Futures, Aldeburgh Music, London Music Masters and more.
RAINFOREST SINGING WORKSHOP WITH SU HART
2.30PM – FREE ADMISSION – get tickets here. A series of workshops drawing on the techniques and traditions of the Baka Rainforest People in Africa – thought to be the first humans to have learned to sing.
Workshop leader Su Hart has worked for over 25 years with the Baka Rainforest People to build a series of workshops inspired by their joyful singing styles – beautiful interlocking vocal sounds that are rhythmic, powerful and completely entrancing. Fun and inclusive, this workshop builds co-operative, listening and rhythm skills and is fun for all ages and abilities.
Su Hart is a singing leader running UK community choirs in Bath, Bruton and London but also sings and teaches internationally. She has been initiated by the Baka women to share this singing, and royalties from performances go back to the Baka for projects in the forest.
BODY PERCUSSION WORKSHOP WITH BEAT GOES ON
4PM – FREE ADMISSION – get tickets here. Stomping, clapping, slapping and everything in between – this dynamic, high energy workshop will explore the use of the body as a percussive and vocal instrument.
The session will feature a range of rhythmic warm ups, Afro-Brazilian grooves and vocal / percussive routines. Led by ex-STOMP cast member Ollie Tunmer (Beat Goes On), this will be an invigorating workshop suitable for all, regardless of prior musical experience.