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SINGING DAY – with “Barbieshop” – Saturday 28th November *Special offer for members of choirs*




When you phone The Bluecoat (0151 702 5324) to book your place you need to do the following:
1. Quote the special reference – “ANDREWS SISTERS”
2. Give your full name
3. Give the name of the choir that you are a member of.

Barbieshop are a Liverpool-based female a cappella trio who bring a whole new take on close harmony. As a group they perform a variety of styles; from The Andrews Sisters to Queen, Duke Ellington to Bugsy Malone, Radiohead to Bizet. Most of the songs are arranged by the girls themselves which contributes to their unique style & sound.

Join Barbieshop for a day of learning specialist a cappella close knit harmony arrangement skills, those oh-so-important performance skills & a dash of simple choreography to make the songs complete

They have been described as “A modern day Andrew Sisters but with more va va voom!” Barbieshop are three songbirds who specialise in delivering close knit harmony with their special arrangements of old classics and contemporary hits.

Time: 10am until 4pm
Where: The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 4JN
How Much: £25/£20 Concessions

Call 0151 702 7799 for ticketing information – please leave details

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Sense of Sound’s choir to perform at Leaf’s 5th Birthday party on Friday 20th November


LEAF on Bold Street is a unique, independent teashop and bar located in the heart of Liverpool city centre. On Friday 20th November the venue will celebrate it’s 5th birthday and Sense of Sound Singers will be among the guests invited to perform. Other guest artists include Hackney Colliery Brass Band and DJ Andy Mac. The event kicks off at 8pm and is free. Come and celebrate with us. It’s set to be a great night.

Venue: 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ, United Kingdom

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Jennifer John sings Wayfaring Stranger in Terence Davies’ “Sunset Song” film soundtrack


Terence Davis’ latest movie is an adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel, Sunset Song. The film of the same title is set for national release on December 4th so you will be able to see at a cinema near you then. Set against the backdrop of the first world war, it stars Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie and Peter Mullan. 
Sense of Sound’s Artistic Director, Jennifer John features on the film soundtrack singing a stunning version of the old folk/gospel classic, The Wayfaring Stranger. You can listen to a small section of the song here in The Guardian’s official trailer for the film.

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Sense of Sound Singers to host a special Christmas concert at Capstone Theatre on Friday 11th December

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What an incredible year of performances Sense of Sound Singers has had this year. From featuring in the BBC’s specially arranged Wolf Hall international buyers’ conference at the spectacular Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, to guesting at Liverpool International Music Festival as part of the commissioned gig, Herstory concert and appearing as the featured choir at the England/Uruguay game as part of this year’s Rugby World Cup it has been a non stop series of amazing events. The choir continues to go from strength to strength. Another major highlight was the charity concert at Liverpool Echo Arena in support of the Syrian refugee crisis. The concert, From Liverpool with Love which was hosted by comedian John Bishop and BBC Radio 1 DJ, Janice Long raised £40k and Sense of Sound Singers along with many other bands including OMD, Mic Lowry, The Farm, The Christians and Space performed a powerful a cappella set.

In celebration of all things a cappella, the choir will be hosting a special Christmas concert at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool on Friday 11th December. The concert will showcase a combination of contemporary soul, RnB, jazz and folk influenced material alongside some festive offerings performed in their own unique style under the musical direction of Perri Alleyne-Hughes. There will also be a guest appearance by the spoken word artist/rapper, Curtis Watt.

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

Tickets: £12/10 (with an additional £2.25 fulfilment fee per order) and can be purchased through Ticket Quarter 

Show starts at 7.30pm

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Edinburgh: The Free Voice masterclass led by Artistic Director, Jennifer John – 25th October 2015


Jennifer John is the founder and Artistic Director of award winning music company, Sense of Sound. Her work as a choral director, vocal arranger and performer spans 30 years and has seen her working internationally alongside some of the most established artists within the commercial music industry including Damon Albarn, Thea Gilmore, Paco Peña, Brian Eno, Jon Bon Jovi and Paloma Faith.
Her work as a singer, performance coach, vocal practitioner and choral director has seen her featured on Gareth Malone’s BAFTA winning The Choir: Boys Don’t Sing and Last Choir Standing. Her specialism within the world of choral direction is a- cappella singing which incorporates the development of vocal technique, improvisation and composition.
Currently she is the lead singing in Killerfernandez and alongside her writing partner, Philipp Moll is excited to be producing album no. 2 in the spring of 2016.”

The Free Voice masterclass  will include physical and vocal warm up techniques, vocal techniques and choral dynamics. The workshop will be a-cappella and will focus on different musical styles of soul, jazz and pop.

There will be a chance to ask questions about vocal development and we will discuss the importance of performance delivery and focus. All of the above will be approached with good humour and a lot of fun.

The masterclass will run from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 25th October and take place at

The Gillis Centre
100 Strathearn Road
Edinburgh EH9 1BB

Booking: Contact Clare Crombie by email – [email protected] or by phone  – 07909 680397

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Sense of Sound Singers to perform at Anthony Walker gala dinner – Saturday 17th October


Diversity and accessibility of all kinds have always been at the core of what we wanted to create through music and specifically singing when we formed our company 24 years ago. With this in mind our choir is proud to be performing at the Anthony Walker Foundation‘s gala dinner this evening.  It is a privilege for us at Sense of Sound to be invited to represent the love and respect we have for life, love and humanity and show a united front against all hate crime. 

This year’s Anthony Walker Foundation Gala Dinner takes place Saturday, 17th October, 2015 at the Titanic Hotel, Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock in Liverpool.

This special evening brings together special guests, sponsors and supporters representing an array of local, regional and national organisations who have engaged with the Foundation.

This year has been a significant year in that 2015 commemorated the 10 year anniversary of AnthonyWalker’s death. Much has been said and written about what has been achieved in the 10 years since Anthony’s passing and the evening will provide an opportunity to reflect on what has happened since then and will acknowledge the work and contributions of individuals and organisations who have worked tirelessly to make a positive difference in challenging discrimination and hate crime.

The Gala Dinner is one of the Foundation’s flagship events of the year and offers opportunities for networking, fine dining, celebrations of the Foundation’s achievements, and a chance to meet our founder, Dr Gee Walker, trustees, staff and volunteers.

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Our fabulous a cappella choir Sense of Sound Singers are thrilled to be performing at this Saturday’s Rugby World Cup match between England and Uruguay.

They will be singing on the Manchester City Stadium pitch just before the game starts so no matter where in the world you are you will be able to watch the live broadcast just before 8pm GMT. Tune in, watch the choir and enjoy the game.

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Calling all young Singers, Rappers, MC’s, Poets and Spoken word artists!



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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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