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Beatbox meets gospel at the Voices Now Festival

07 July, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Voices Now: two days of music from nearly three dozen choirs

The annual two-day Voices Now Festival is taking place on July 8 and 9 at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm. Free workshops on a variety of genres are rubbing shoulders with nearly three dozen choirs from across the country singing on two open stages in Camden.

Free workshops include:

Saturday, July 8:
11am: Singing and movement with lead singers from the visionary Filament Theatre. Free.
1.30pm: Come and learn beatboxing with beatbox champion, producer and TV presenter MC Zani.
4pm: Come and learn to sing Gospel songs with energetic Black Voices singer Genevieve Sylva. Free.

Sunday, July 9
11am: Early years workshop for families with Rosie Adediran. Free.
2.30pm: African Rainforest Singing with Su Hart. Free.
4pm: Stomping, clap­ping, slapping and every­thing in between at Body Percussion workshop with Beat Goes On. Free.

Among the multiplicity of choirs singing on stages at Camden Market and the Roundhouse are the Belsize Community Choir, Islington Community Choir, Primrose Hill Choir, Big Sing London Voices, Shuffletunes and Funky Voices.

Why we sing and why we sing together is being explored during the festival by an eclectic group of choirs. These include the Roundhouse Choir, Veda Slovena Bulgarian Choir, Côr Llunsain, London Humanist Choir and Soul of the City.


MC Zani and Mara Carlyle. Photo: Lucy Pope

These choirs are collaborating with three artistic curators, American singer-songwriter Willy Mason, singer-arranger Mara Carlyle and choir leader-arranger Osnat Schmool from Filament Theatre.
The choirs are singing in the “end of festival” concert at 7.30pm on Sunday evening in the main space Roundhouse.
• Voices Now, Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9.
Full details tickets etc: www.voicesnow.org.uk

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