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Create An A Cappella Piece In A Day at this year’s Chorus Festival in London

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Friday 3 April 2015

Sense of Sound

Create An A Cappella Piece In A Day

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

For ages 16+

An intensive day-long workshop to create a new a cappella choral piece – before a public performance.

Drawing on a range of vocal techniques, jazz improvisation methods and harmonies that span many musical genres, the workshop is led by Sense of Sound’s creative directors, Saphena Aziz, Perri Alleyne-Hughes and Jennifer John.

Established over 20 years ago, Sense of Sound creates and produces amazing ways to celebrate singing.

The performance takes place at the end of the day.

Open to all singers aged 16+. No experience necessary; just a willingness to take part and take chances.

11am – 4.30pm

Tickets: £10

Booking Fee: £1.75 (members £0.00)

Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Liverpool International Jazz Festival: Jazz Singing Workshop led by Perri Alleyne-Hughes

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Jazz Singing Workshop – Sense of Sound (10am – 12.30pm)
Admission: £10 (£7 concessions) advance registration required – see details below

The land of Jazz is vast.

Perri Alleyne-Hughes invites you to explore a little of that terrain with her, in a workshop on jazz-singing.

A highly accomplished singer/songwriter, teacher and choral arranger, Perri is also a Musical Director for the Liverpool-based a cappella ensemble, Sense of Sound Singers. She also co-writes and sings in the Perri and Neil Quartet whose style rolls up jazz with streaks of folk, classical and rock. Her voice, which is featured in Danny Boyle’s movie, 28 Days Later, has been described as a wonderful smoky jazz contralto” and she has also been deemed “…a charismatic performer with a superb sense of pitch and diction…”

Perri’s workshops are engaging, informative, fun and highly interactive. She will look at jazz styles, harmony and rhythmic concepts; she will encourage you to explore your improvisational skills and she will teach you some repertoire. There will also be a brief look at the significant contributions of key singers in blues and jazz who helped to shape the course of jazz music.

This workshop will be best suited to those who have at least a basic knowledge of singing and music theory.

Come and sing your heart out…

The Capstone Theatre
Liverpool Hope University
Creative Campus
17 Shaw Street
L6 1HP

To book in at this event please email your name, phone number and postcode with Jazz Singing Workshop in the subject field to  [email protected] or call 0151 702 7799. Admission fee will be taken on arrival.

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Singing Days 2015

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Saturday 31st January:

Experience contemporary a cappella
singing including soulful harmonies
and vocal techniques. Led by Saphena Aziz and Perri Alleyne-Hughes

Saphena and Perri are founder members of Sense of Sound and are both choral directors, vocal arrangers and creators of new work. Migration Music performed at The Everyman theatre for which Saphena was the script writer and Perri the Musical Director was one of their most recent successes.

Their unique blend of rhythmic, improvised and choral interplay will see them delivering an a cappella Singing Day at this year’s Chorus festival at The Southbank in April. They bring contemporary approaches to a diverse range of musical genres in a style that has now become synonymous with Sense of Sound.

They are delighted be kick starting this year’s exciting programme of Singing Days and wish to welcome Joe Bunker and Ranjana Ghatak on board with much appreciation and a very warm Liverpool welcome.

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Saturday 28th February:
Sing songs from the shows with Musical Director, Joe Bunker. A great opportunity to increase you understanding and enjoyment of Musical Theatre.

Joe is a Musical Director and Vocal Coach and teaches at The Millenium School of Performing Arts. He also teaches singing on the BA and MA acting courses at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Joe’s work in musical theatre is informed by his involvement in choral music and his passionate interest in vocal pedagogy. He recently completed two years as a Choral Exhibitioner in the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied singing under Ghislaine Morgan.

MYA: 65-67, Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DY

Saturday 28th March:
Join Ranjana Ghatak and explore the voice through circular rhythms, the decorative elements of Indian singing and the powerful effects of the breath.

Ranjana has worked as both an artist and educator for organisations across the UK, including the  Southbank Centre,City of London Festival, the British Museum & Serious International Music Producers. She previously also spent five years as an education project manager for the London Symphony Orchestra.
2012 saw the launch of a new sound called Open Souls with Jason Singh (Sound artist/beatboxer)Seb Rochford (drummer/producer). Performances have included the Exhibition Road festival and The London Jazz Festival (Queen Elizabeth Hall).

MYA: 65-67, Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DY

All workshops are £25 for full price with £20 concessions.

The workshops are open to those aged 16 and above.

Please contact The Bluecoat box office for details re. all 3 workshops. 0151 702 5324

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Sense of Sound (choir) is auditioning for male singers in February 2015.

Sense of Sound, Liverpool are holding auditions in February for male singers to join our choir.  We would partcularly like to find more  basses. It is desirable, although not essential that you can read music and are an experienced performer. Not everybody in our choir reads music but in order to satisfy our  increasing creative demands it would be beneficial if you can.

Our repertoire is extremely broad ranging from pop/soul, jazz, reggae right through to classical and everything in between so  confidence around improvisation is also really important.

Our weekly rehearsals take place at The Bluecoat in Liverpool  city centre every Monday evening from 6pm-9pm and we perform a variety of concerts and theatrical shows throughout the year. Two of last year’s highlights were Migration Music at Liverpool’s Everyman theatre which was our commissioned new work  as part of Liverpool International Music Festival and 2 performances as the featured choir for Paco Pena at Liverpool Metropolitan cathedral and Bridgewater Hall. In addition we  perform for corporate events and collaborative concerts in a wide range of  venues nationally.

If you would like to audition,  the 2 staged audition process will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February 2015 at The Bluecoat in Liverpool city centre.

The first stage on Saturday 21st February will be an individual audition which will last approximately 5 minute  (please prepare one a cappella song in any style of your own choice). There will also be a short aural test.  If you successfully complete stage 1 you will then be invited to take part in stage 2 the following day on Sunday 22nd February which will be a group audition. In stage 2 we will gauge your ability to harmonise, improvise, work effectively in a team and blend well vocally. At this stage, you will also be invited to learn some repertoire alongside current Sense of Sound Singers choir members. The timing of this stage of the audition is to be confirmed.

To register your interest and secure an audition slot please send your biog and a link/mp3 to Jennifer John: [email protected]  (choir manager)





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Perri and Neil to perform at Linghams’ bookshop – Thursday 4th December

Perri and Neil Parr Jazz gig June 2013

Artistic Director and Choir leader of Sense of Sound Singers, Perri Alleyne-Hughes will be joining  maestro guitarist, Neil Campbell in a performance tomorrow evening at Lingham’s book shop in Heswall on the Wirral. The event which is part of a poetry evening that Lingham’s hosts on the first Thursday of every month, will be a lovely intimate affair and the perfect way to listen to the duo’s exquisite delivery of co-penned, heart felt songs.


Location: 248, Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral, Merseyside CH60 7SG

Time: 7.30pm

Details: (0151) 625 5829 or 353 1501

More information can be found here

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Up For Arts Community Choir’s Christmas concert – 10th December at The Bluecoat

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Our shiny new Community Choir, Up for Arts Choir, led by Artistic Director, Sapehna Aziz marks its first birthday with this performance at The Bluecoat in Liverpool city centre.

The 50 strong choir will sing songs from African traditional songs to contemporary ‘pop’ with a bit of Motown soul thrown in for good festive measure.  The members range from age 18yrs to 82yrs old and nearly all are beginners to choral singing.

The choir has been created in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside and Voluntary Arts England and was set up to help people develop their confidence and enjoyment of singing. Most of the songs will be sung a cappella and there will be some Christmas songs too.

Our special guest artist is singer/songwriter, Emily Jackson who will be joined on stage by guitarist Michael Gay.

Come along to this inspiring show and who knows, you might even want to join the choir in 2015.

Date:  Wednesday 10th December

Venue: The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Time:  7.30pm

Cost:  £5

For booking details contact The Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324 or do so online here:

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Up For Arts Community Choir to perform at World AIDS Day event for Sahir House


Our new community choir, Up For Arts, under the Musical Direction of Saphena Aziz is ddelighted to be performing at this year’s World AIDS Day event in support of local charity, Sahir House. The event will take place in St. George’s hall concert room and will include testimonies from people living with HIV, a vigil and our choir will perfom. The whole event starts at 7pm and runs through to 8.30pm. It is a FREE event. For more information about the work that Sahir House carries out with local communities please check out their website here.

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Sunday November 30th: GOSPEL SINGING DAY led by Tosin Akindele at Studio 2 Parr Street


We are really thrilled that the amazing Gospel choir  leader, Tosin Akindele will be leading our final Singing Day of 2014. Back by popular demand Tosin will deliver a day of uplifting, joyous, celebratory singing for all abilities.

Just bring yourself, your passion for singing and we will provide the rest. What better way to spend the last Sunday of the month having a fantastic time sharing the joy of singing with like minded people in a vibrant, energetic and fun enviroment.

The day will include:-

  • Brief history of gospel singing
  • Introduction to Gospel harmonies.
  • Vocal techniques and warm up exercises
  • Group singing of Gospel songs
  • Q & A session


The Gospel Singing Day will take place in Liverpool at

STUDIO 2, Parr Street Studios, 33-45, Parr Street, Liverpool L1 4JN


Please wear comfortable clothing

To book your place call the Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324

£25 (£20 Concessions)

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Sense of Sound Singers to perform in Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth


Sense of Sound Singers is to be the featured choral ensemble in Paco Peña’s 4 date UK tour of  Requiem For TheEarth. Performing at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Thursday October 9th and Manchester Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 14th October the choir will be conducted by Musical Director, Perri Alleyne-Hughes.

Paco Peña is one of the leading champions of the Flamenco tradition and his shows always combine brilliantly music, drama and dance to push at the boundaries of this ancient musical form.

This Requiem featuring guitarists, percussionists, a flamenco dancer and Sense of Sound Singers is an epic lament for our planet which fuses the heat and fire of flamenco with the passionate incantations of a Southern Spanish requiem mass.

Requiem for the Earth is a powerful reminder that our existence on earth is transitory. Experiencing this performance, with its driving flamenco rhythms, dark harmonies and soulful vocals combining beautifully with the expressive choral music, in the sanctity of The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King will be a thrilling and moving evening and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colourist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.”
The New York Times

Tickets for both performances can be purchased here

Both performances being at 7.30pm

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