Norfolk’s internationally renowned Voice Project Choir is currently recruiting singers for their winter/Christmas concert at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 14 December. The concert will feature new music from Jonathan Baker and internationally renowned saxophonist Andy Sheppard with words by Norwich poet Andrew McDonnell, celebrating the season with themes of music, metaphysics and the supernatural. Tim Tracey, who so skilfully lit Ideas of Flight at this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival, will illuminate the beautiful Presbytery of the Cathedral with imaginative lighting and visuals.
Created by singers Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008, the choir has involved hundreds of singers in performances of great new vocal music as well as running workshops designed to build vocal confidence and explore a wide variety of uplifting and inspiring vocal music.
The choir is one of the best known in the East of England and beyond. It has appeared at international jazz festivals in London, Gateshead and Normandy, been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC 1 TV and peak time national TV in France. It has just been nominated for the second year running for a People’s Choice Award in the Norfolk Arts Awards and is regularly commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival to create new work.
The Voice Project Choir is a true community choir, welcoming participants of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds. No previous singing experience is needed, there are no auditions and everyone is welcome. Many members of the choir, who come from all over Norfolk, join time and time again, extolling the relaxing and therapeutic values of singing, others join on a one–off basis leaving with an enhanced sense of achievement and satisfaction.
Established for over twenty years as a successful composer and performer, Andy Sheppard is one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene working with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Carla Bley, George Russell and Steve Swallow. He has composed over 300 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from around the world.
Participants both new and old are invited to get involved in this exciting new project. There is a no-obligation taster session at the Friends Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane Norwich at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th October. Thereafter, rehearsals will be held each Tuesday with short weekend rehearsals close to the performance on 14th December. No experience is necessary and all the music is taught by ear. For more information visit www.voiceproject.co.uk <http://www.voiceproject.co.uk> or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Listings info: Event
Tuesday 8th October 7.30pm
The Voice Project: City of Strangers Taster Session
Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW 01603 624854
15 September 3pm
The new Music in Norwich booklet is ready with a pdf to download from here and free hard copies later this week from usual outlets. Download a pdf here MiN autumn 13 to email
First concerts are:
September 6/7th Norwich School : Salomé : The Garage Chapelfield North, Norwich
7th NN Chamber : Roderick Williams : John Innes Centre 7.30pm
7th Norwich Baroque : Emma Kirkby & Michael Chance 7.30
15th Norwich Pops Orchestra : 10th Anniversary : The Halls, Norwich 3pm