On Saturday 8th July – six amazing choirs will be sharing the stage with Artist Curators Natalie Williams, Tobias Hug, MC Zani and Osnat Schmool in Songs in the Key of Love.
Love is essential in today’s world, but we often focus on romantic love over the many other guises that love can take; friendship, family bonds, brotherly love and worldly love.
Hear these 6 choirs from across the UK as they take the rhythm of the heart itself and use it as a focus for the evening’s music, heartbeats manifesting as grooves, rhythms and movement.
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.
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.
Glorious Chorus is a highly-acclaimed a-cappella choir from South Devon. Founded and led by International award winning composer/song writer Helen Yeomans, the choir is known for its close harmonies and memorable performances. They offer a rich textured repertoire and they sing gospel, modern classics and original music, all of which has been written or arranged by Helen.
The choir comprises of approximately 35 people of all ages, from a wide range of backgrounds. They are a strong group of singers who have come to together under Helen’s guidance and some perform as soloists at their concerts. Although the choir is made of predominantly amateur singers, they are all trained in vocal technique and performance to achieve polished performances, whilst retaining passion and spontaneity.
We are Shuffletunes. We are based in Fleet, Hampshire and we sing songs that our singers choose. Which can be tricky and sometimes really weird. We have been going for 4 years now and during that time we have experienced some amazing sings- in pubs, bars, restaurants, mansions, driveways, cathedrals, car parks, houses, offices, bridges, supermarkets, radio, TV; and we’ve sung with some amazing people- chief amongst them being Voices Now. And Seasick Steve. That was a great night.
Boyband are from Rhodes Avenue Primary in Muswell Hill. There are 5 choirs at Rhodes Avenue Primary and Boyband is one of the largest. There are currently 60 members all aged between 8 and 11. We meet every Monday afternoon and love to sing. Boyband were part of the Voices Now festival in 2015, performing with Sam Lee and the Magnificent AK47s, which they absolutely loved. The boys sing a range of music, from Beatles classics, to sea shanties and more modern pop. Boyband were also lucky enough to record their first ever CD in Birmingham in November 2016. We are delighted to be part of the Voices Now festival again.
Sheffield Young Singers
Now in its 11th year, Sheffield Young Singers has established a reputation as a high quality, dynamic and adventurous youth choir with a refined sound. Many of the singers attended our Junior group Junior group and when they start SYS are ready to embrace the challenges of more complex part singing and breadth of repertoire. Members are drawn from across the City and attend 9 different secondary schools. There are no auditions and the singers are brought together by their passion for singing. A strong emphasis is placed on fun and friendship and we are united in our drive to create performances of the highest standard to both move and entertain our audiences. We sing a far-ranging repertoire from Lebanese folk songs and Zulu greeting songs to Mozart and Kodály, taking in musical theatre, pop anthems, folk and film music on the way. This is the second time Sheffield Young Singers has taken part in the Voices Now Festival at the Roundhouse and we love listening to and meeting different choirs as well as taking part in the exciting range of opportunities the Festival offers.
Voice Energy Project
The Voice Energy project is an a cappella choir, formed in 2013, accompanied by a tap dancer and a beatboxer; that regularly performs at the Southbank Centre and all over London (The Space, Woodburner, Museum of London…).
We sing beautiful gypsy, folk & traditional songs from all around the world (up to four-part harmonies) while being accompanied by a body and vocal percussionists. As well as, we like to create and explore the inspiration that flows when we sing, so part of our repertoire is improvisation.
“We are interested in collective singing and its power. Our vision is to sing current material, create innovative arrangements, improvise, inspire and use the body as an instrument to accompany the voice.”
Tickets for the show are available here.