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Liverpool International Music Festival commission : MIGRATION MUSIC

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MIGRATION MUSIC

It is buzzing in the Sense of Sound camp at the moment! The fantastic news is that we have been commissioned by Culture Liverpool to create a dynamic new piece of work for this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF). We have been developing the ideasa  for the best part of this year and created a theatrical piece that we are extremely proud of called Migration Music. We are doing this in partnership with beat box extraordinaire, Shlomo and a fantastic creative team of specialists. This team includes Musical Director David Coulter, Digital Projection Designer, Joe Stathers-Tracey, Sound Designer, Xenia Bayer and Theatre Director, Matthew ‘Excalibah’ Xia. In addition, our own amazing vocal ensemble, Sense of Sound Singers will feature at the heart of the production. Migration Music will be performed at The Everyman Theatre for 2 nights at the end of August and tickets are now on sale. We really hope that you will be able to come and see the amazing work and share the news about what is our biggest and most ambitious project to date in our 22 year history. We are very excited about it. Tickets for the show are now on sale. Booking details are here 

Everyman Theatre:

29th and 29th August.

8pm

Tickets: £15/£12

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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

Sense of Sound Wedding Singers

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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New members wanted for Up for Arts Community Choir.

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Happy New Year everyone.

We hope that 2013 was as wonderful for you as it was for us and we have started 2014 with lots of refreshed vigour and enthusiasm. We are extremely excited to be able to tell you that our wonderful new community choir, Up for Arts is welcoming new members. Come and sing with us!

No auditions are necessary and the choir meets regualrly every Wednesday evening from 6pm-8.30pm at BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool city centre. Under the musical direction of Saphena Aziz the choir is open to all members over the age of 18. You do not have to be experienced and all levels of ability are welcomed with open arms. We just need you to come with lots of passion for singing and a commitment to sounding joyful, vibrant and energetic. Most importantly the sessions are a lot of fun.

Where: BBC Radio Merseyside, Hanover Street, Liverpool 1.

When: Wednesdays 6pm til 8.30pm

How much?: £4.50 per session

If you want to book a place email saphena@senseofsound.net or ring the office on 0151 702 7799.

Please not that the places will be open until the end of January. After that we will add you to our waiting list for application  later in the year.

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Christmas concert at The Bluecoat with Sense of Sound Singers, Liverpool String Quartet and Up for Arts Community Choir

Join Sense of Sound Singers, The Liverpool String Quartet and Up for Arts Community Choir for a magical concert this festive season including music from The Christmas Concerto by Corelli, original choral compositions and traditional sing-a-long carols.

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SENSE OF SOUND SINGERS  is a national collective of exceptional vocalists who continually push the boundaries of what can be expected from choirs and a cappella singing. The exploration of styles and diverse musical genres has seen them collaborating with many established international artists including Damon Albarn, Yoko Ono, Boy George, Noah and the Whale, Paloma Faith, Martha Wainwright and Imogen Heap. Dynamic, passionate and joyous are just some of the descriptions that have been levelled at the ensemble.

 THE LIVERPOOL STRING QUARTET is the Resident String Quartet at The Bluecoat  thanks to the support of the violin maker Michael Phoenix and give recitals very often around Europe, specially Spain where they are in very high demand. The LSQ have also appeared extensively on TV and radio programs around Europe, including a live performance at National’s Catalunya Musica Radio Station, the BBC Radio Merseyside and National Television of Catalunya TV3.

UP FOR ARTS CHOIR is Sense of Sound’s new community choir. Formed in September of this year it was created as a direct result of a legacy project called Breathe in partnership with Merseyside Dance Initiative, Liverpool Primary Care Trust and BBC Radio Merseyside. It has the health and wellbeing of it’s members as it’s core value. New members will be welcomed in January 2014 and there is no audition process.

Date: 18th December 2013

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

Tickets: £10 and £8 concessions from The Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5346

 

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Interactive Singing Days in October and November

Interactive Singing days
Our next two singing days are in October and November. Price is £25 (£20 students).

Saturday 26th October or Saturday 23rd November.
Where – the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Times – 10am – 4pm

- Develop Confidence
- Find out how the voice works
- Sing in Harmony
- Overcome ‘stage fright’
- Learn Breathing techniques
- Sing from high to low smoothly

To book a place or find out more call 0151 702 7799 or email info@senseofsound.net

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