Month: September 2016

New Young Voice Collective (NewYVC)

NewYVC has got off to a great start this term. You can view their 2 minute Promo herecreated by Quirx Production for young people to know what opportunities await them if they join!  Teachers from schools participating in the massed choir programme met at Stratford Circus to network and explore the wide range of repertoire their students will be singing this year. the music includes works by Handel, Vaughn Williams, Benjamin Britten, R.A. Rahman, David Brunner, the Isley Brothers and more, including a range of world folk music. Our Young Artist team also spent a day preparing to lead workshops alongside teachers in the 16 participating schools.

We’re Sending Out A Message

Our new song is in the process of being released now. You can find it on Youtube here.  The inaugural performance by the NewYVC UNITE choir will be  on 18th July 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall. We’d like to thank PRSF once again for funding the team to write this. Anyone interested in performing this with their choirs, there is a backing track, master track and score available. Do get in touch.

NewYVC and beyond

NewYVC returns to Stratford Circus this month, for another thirty-six week run of rehearsals, clustered schools workshops and performances, including the Brandenburg Festival, the WHY? Festival at Southbank and their very own event at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank. To make enquiries about choir and how to join, contact becky@stratford-circus.com, or Jane Wheeler.

The choir ended the summer term with a fantastic two night event at Stratford Circus, in which they were the host choir to the sixteen schools taking part in the UNITE massed choir, funded by Youth Music over two years.  Nelson Primary, St.Bonaventure’s, Sarah Bonnell and Lister schools also contributed their own solo performances, helping to make the event a great success, in which songs in eight different languages were sung!

This year the Young Artists who’ve supported the project so far are promoted to Associate Artists, in recognition of their growing professional status. We will be recruiting four Young Artists under twenty-five to continue the great work already achieved and look forward to seeing the Associate Artists at rehearsals, school workshops and all the events on this rich and diverse singing programme.

Forest Voices

Forest Voices starts back stronger than ever this term, after their wonderful event at Forest Gate Library in the summer. The choir hosted their own event, funded by ‘Lets Get The Party Started’ funding from Newham Council. They performed a one and a half hour set from memory, accompanied by Nick Bowers-Broadbent on piano and his ten year old son on drums!

The choir followed the success of this event by offering a ‘sing-a-long’ event at the Forest Gate Festival, which had the audience singing new world songs along with some old party favourites. The choir meet every Thursday in term time from 7.15 – 8.45 pm at Woodgrange Infant’s School, Sebert Rd, Forest Gate, E7. PLEASE COME! ALL are WELCOME!