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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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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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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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