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

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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

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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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MIGRATION MUSIC

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MIGRATION MUSIC

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.

8pm

Tickets: £15/£12

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

 

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Opera Singing Day with Anne Taft – Saturday 28th June

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This is a gentle final reminder about this month’s Singing Day which focuses on Opera. It will be led by Anne Taft who trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the direction of Miss Noelle Barker OBE.

Anne’s 30 year career as performer has included appearances as  ‘Susanna’ in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, Nancy in Oliver and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady’.

As a vocal coach and lecturer Anne was the head of Singing at Liverpool Community College for over 2 decades. During those years Anne continued to work as a freelance singer and made many notable appearances with orchestras throughout the North West region. In addition, she regularly sings with Liverpool guitar virtuoso ‘Neil Campbell’ and was the featured vocalist on his highly acclaimed ‘Ghost Stories’ album.

Currently, Anne teaches at the University of Liverpool, Bluecoat School, Liverpool and The Creative Living Centre, Bury. She has   devised the “ReleaSing” methodology, which not only combines some of the vocal techniques of Bel Canto and SLS but also offers simple and very effective mind-muscle training exercises, that enables swift technical progress for students and allows an ease and freedom in performance unequaled by other methods.

Opera Singing Day is open to all abilities. You do not have to be able to read music.

It will feature operatic singing techniques, discuss how the voice works as an instrument and explore vocal tone qualities. Anne will teach an aria and there will also be a Q&A session.

Saturday 28th June

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

10am-4pm

£25 (£20 Concession)

To Book: 0151 702 5324

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GOSPEL AND OPERA SINGING DAYS

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GOSPEL SINGING DAY:  Saturday 31st May

Led by Tosin Akindele the Gospel Singing day takes place on Saturday 31st May  from 10am -4pm and will  cover the following:

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

Be prepared to have a joyful and uplifting experience!

The Gospel Singing Day will take place in Liverpool at

MYA Building, 65 to 67 Hanover Street, L1 3DY.

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

£25 (£20 Concessions)

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OPERA SINGING DAY: Saturday 28th June

  We are delighted to welcome Anne Taft who will deliver the Opera Singing Day on Saturday June 28th. The day will start at 10am and finish at 4pm

The Opera day will focus on the following:

  • How the voice works
  • Introduction to opera singing techniques
  • Quality of vocal tone
  • Learn how to sing an aria
  • Q&A

The Opera Singing day will take place at

MYA Building, 65 – 67 Hanover Street, L1 3DY

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

£25 (£20 Concessions)

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LIGHT NIGHT 2014: The Big Sing @ The Bluecoat

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We are delighted to be a part of this year’s fabulous creative celebrations, Light Night 2014!

Come and sing with us!

It is going to be an interactive experience for you and all of your friends. A chance to take part in some joyful group singing with some vocal techniques thrown in for good measure plus a fabulous opportunity to listen and learn a well known song with our a cappella choir, Sense of Sound Singers.

As Light Night is a transient event, if you do wish to tak part please make sure you contact Jennifer John by emailing her – jennifer@senseofsound.net  Our event starts at 8pm and finishes promptly at 9.30pm so I really hope you will join us for the duration and I look forward to seeing you all then.

You will also be able to ask us directly about upcoming opportunities for you to take part in more singing activities via our monthly Singing Days. The next will be Gospel on Saturday May 31st and the following month will see Opera being featured on Saturday June 28th. We will have more details for you all on Friday.

This event is FREE.

 

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LEARN JAZZ SINGING WITH PERRI ALLEYNE-HUGHES

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LEARN JAZZ SINGING

Sense of Sound is proud to announce the theme for its next Singing Day will be JAZZ SINGING. The tutor for the day will be the inspirational Perri Alleyne – Hughes.

Perri Alleyne-Hughes is one of the Musical Directors of Sense of Sound Singers leading the choir in collaborations with artists as diverse as Damon Albarn, Seal and Paco Pena, and through major competitions on BBC TV and radio. As a vocalist she is perhaps best known for her rendition of ‘Abide with me’ and ‘Ave Maria’, featured in the classic British horror action movie ’28 Days Later’. She is one half of the outstanding jazz duo Perri and Neil, which also features guitarist Neil Campbell.

Saturday 22nd March 10am until 4pm

Cost is £25/£20 concessions

To Book call the Bluecoat Tickets and Information 0151 702 5324

The day is for all those who love singing and want to learn about the style of jazz singing and will cover:

– Jazz songs and vocal technique
– developing ability to improvise
– confidence in performance as part of a group
– improving vocal range, tone and flexibility
– jazz harmony and rhythm

Come along and improve your all-round musicality…

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Sense of Sound Wedding Singers to perform at The Bluecoat wedding fair on Thursday 20th February

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Need some special music to make your big day even more memorable? Sense of Sound Wedding Singers will be peforming at The Bluecoat’s Wedding fair this Thursday. The event is free but you must book in advance. The event runs from 5.30pm-8.30pm and more details can be found here.

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LEARN INDIAN CLASSICAL SINGING

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We are  proud to present this one day workshop in collaboration with Avital Raz for all who love singing, whether professional or complete beginners.

Saturday 22nd February from 10am until 4pm.

Cost; £25 /£20 concessions

at the Bluecoat , School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX
For tickets call Bluecoat Box Office on 0151 702 5324

Suitable for singers who would like to gain some insight into Indian scales (Raags) and Rhythms (Taals) the day will include:

– warm up vocal exercises from the Dhrupad tradition (The oldest form of North Indian Classical Music)
-scale exercises using the Indian notes (Saregama) and introduce a Raag by a short demonstration.
– learning one Raag through understanding basic Alap- (Improvisational intro) which will be memorized.
– Exercises in 16 beat to understand the behaviour of this Raag and a simple bandish (song)
-Practice of Alap with and without rhythm and a more complex Dhrupad composition.

The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual; seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. This workshop is also for those of us who love meditation.

Avital Raz was born in Jerusalem and after an impressive career in Western classical singing she relocated to India and devoted herself to the study of Dhrupad under Prof. Ritwik Sanyal of Benares Hindu University.

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