The Voice Project Winter performance Saturday 20 January

Saturday 20 January 2018 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
Travels in Light – The Voice Project Choir 

Princes St Norwich
Multi venue promenade performances of original music by 150 strong choir reflecting on the time of the year, the sleep of winter, the dark nights, short days but ultimately the promise of spring to come.
Various locations on Princes St Norwich

Tickets priced £12 (£10 concessions) are available from www.voiceproject.co.uk which also has information on all Voice Project activities.

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Would you like to travel in light?

The Voice Project Choir’s new piece explores three very different locations in the same medieval Norwich Street.

In one of the darkest parts of the year, when the post-festive blues can really set in, The Voice Project Choir offer to take you on an uplifting multi venue journey that will inspire with the promise of spring to come.

The 150 voices of the choir, plus soloists and guest musicians will perform their new piece, Travels in Light, the final part of a trilogy of pieces about sleep, dreaming and waking and the bits in between on 20 January. There will be three separate performances at 5pm; 7pm and 9pm.

The show is a multi-venue secular performance piece that will be staged in the three very different churches on Norwich’s medieval Princes Street – St George’s Tombland, St Peter Hungate and the United Reformed Church with the choir leading the audience between them. Each of these buildings has a significantly different atmosphere and acoustic properties which will help highlight Travels in Light’s reflections on the time of the year: the sleep of winter, the dark nights and the short days yet an ultimate awakening with the promise of spring to come.

All the music for the concerts has been specially written for the Voice Project Choir.

Voice Project co-director Jon said explained ‘Each of these buildings has its own sound and atmospheric qualities, brilliant for a choral piece as these buildings were literally made for singing in.’

‘St George’s is a living church. Parts of the building date from the 13th century and it has clear but gentle acoustic properties. On the other hand, St Peter Hungate, also dating back to at least the 13th century is empty, closed as a working church in the 1930’s, giving it a much livelier sound with a much longer reverberation time. The United Reformed Church is a totally different type of building built in the early 19th century. It is bright, open and airy with a gallery and much bigger windows than the other two.

My co-director Sian Croose and I explored this area extensively when we were planning and researching our outdoor promenade show Singing the City for the 2012 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The history of the area is fascinating and we’re hoping that Travels in Light will reflect this. As you can probably tell we’re really enjoying making the show for this wonderful street!’

Inspiration for the show came from a quote from painter Paul Nash ‘The divisions we may hold between the waking world and that of the dream are not there; they are porous; in a word, they are not there’.

The Voice Project was set up in 2008 as an educational education and performance organisation by music professionals Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker. Since then it has become one of the best known community choirs in East Anglia and beyond having performed at international festivals in mainland Europe, appeared on prime time TV and had a concert broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Their show The Arms of Sleep has been commissioned for the 2018 Brighton International Festival.

Tickets priced £12 (£10 concessions) are available from www.voiceproject.co.uk which also has information on all Voice Project activities.

Saturday 20 January 2018 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
Travels in Light – The Voice Project Choir Princes St Norwich
Multi venue promenade performances of original music by 150 strong choir reflecting on the time of the year, the sleep of winter, the dark nights, short days but ultimately the promise of spring to come.
Various locations on Princes St Norwich
www.voiceproject.co.uk

The Voice Project Choir are recruiting singers for Winter concert, taster session 8 October

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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 info@voiceproject.co.uk

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
www.voiceproject.co.uk <http://www.voiceproject.co.uk>

Sistema in Norwich picks up the baton from In Harmony

Announcing a new Sistema for Norwich

Sistema in Norwich has grown out of the wonderful work created by In Harmony Norwich and Sistema England but is a new and independent programme run by NORCA based on the Venezuelan El Sistema approach, inspired by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. Both Catton Grove Primary School and Larkman Primary School are looking forward to the new term with the Sistema in Norwich team continuing to work with them! Click on the images below to read more. In the links at the top you can watch films and look at photographs of some of our work and read what people say.

A Sistema programme is a way of working with children and music to enable them to learn to play an instrument in an orchestra in a fun and inspiring way, by learning together and playing together in front of an audience right from the start, particularly with children who may not have access to musical learning in other ways. It helps them to gain confidence, work together and achieve. It works!