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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: jennifer@senseofsound.net  (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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Fun Palace at The Everyman Theatre: 12pm-5pm Saturday October 4th

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On Saturday 4th October, The Everyman theatre  will be transformed into a magical Fun Palace. It is part of a nationwide initiative to celebrate what would have been theatre director Joan Littlewood’s 100th Birthday.

Littlewood’s enduring philosophy and ambition of what a Fun Palace should be – rebellious, playful and inclusive – suggests that the whole process should be as open and inviting as possible.

We are delighted  to be bringing some choral magic to the event by opening and closing the day’s activities.

A small ensemble of  Sense of Sound Singers will performing an original song at 12pm and closing with a bang 3 at the 5pm closing.

There will also be 2 x 1 hours singing workshops led by Artistic Director, Jennifer John at 12.30pm and 2pm

The free event is open to all and will include a whole host of exciting creative activities including the chance to discover the joys of a gong bath, understanding synesthesia, script writing and much, much more.

The Everyman Theatre is situated on Hope Street (the catholic cathedral end).

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Migration Music reviews


After 2 amazing sell out performances at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre of our commissioned piece, Migration Music we are feeling extremely proud in the Sense of Sound camp.

Here are a couple of the wonderful reviews that we received.

“Click Liverpool” review

Mark McNulty’s Rivercool blog

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It is buzzing in the Sense of Sound camp at the moment! Our current commission from Culture Liverpool is to create a dynamic new piece for  Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) 2014.

It is a theatrical piece called Migration Music which mixes theatre and music in a collaboration between our extraordinary vocal ensemble, Sense of Sound Singers and beatboxers lead by Grammy award nominated  Beatbox Master, Shlomo.

Make your own journey of musical discovery where Sense of Sound will ask, “What music is significant to you and how will you listen to the playlist of your life?”

A Nurse working with Alzheimer’s patients and other forms of dementia learns how to use  music to stimulate responses, to stir the blood and to conjure memories of heritage and histories. By creating personalised playlists the Nurse sees a marked improvement in the mental and physical health of the people she cares for.

Migration Music explores the power of music and its ability to evoke, provoke and affect our consciousness.

The performance promises to be the theatrical highlight of the Liverpool International Music Festival incorporating unique interpretations of great musical pieces from the world of Classical Music, Jazz, Reggae, Spiritual, Dance and much more!

Directed by Matthew Xia

Musical Direction David Coulter

Digital Projection Design Joe Stathers-Tracey

Sound Design Xenia Bayer

Lighting Design Ciaran Cunningham

 Migration Music will be performed at The Everyman Theatre

28th and 29th August.


Tickets: £15/£12

Contact Jennifer John for all press opportunities.  jennifer@senseofsound.net


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