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Southbank Chorus Festival 4 – 6 May 2013 – Part 2

Leaving my ukulele at home, I journeyed to London’s Southbank to enjoy a day of singing by the Thames on the opening day of the Chorus Festival, the start of this year’s Festival of Neighbourhood.

After some fun vocal warm-up exercises, we adjourned to the Queen Elizabeth Hall to practice three songs to sing en masse down on the Riverside Terrace to launch the Festival: Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of ArtJerusalem (Blake/Parry) & the Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset. We were accompanied by a brass band on the upper stage & it was very moving being part of such a large group. The rain managed to hold off until the final few bars of the last song & you may spot people’s hoods going up in the video! Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Southbank Chorus Festival 4 – 6 May 2013

People are often daunted at the thought of singing in public. Plus, especially when you’re a beginner, it’s often hard to concentrate on playing your ukulele – remembering where the chords are, getting the strumming right & keeping time – in addition to singing the words of the song!

Outdoor events at the Overture, a free three-d...

Outdoor events at the Southbank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are holding a Chorus Festival this Bank Holiday weekend at the Southbank Centre. In addition to the formal paying performances & workshops, there are a number of free Voicelab events where you can just turn up & join in some vocal warm-ups or singalongs as part of a large group of people. It looks like an excellent chance to get some coaching & tips as part of a big ad-hoc choir & a fun way to build your confidence in singing!

Each day there are warm-up sessions & rehearsals, followed by a choir performance later on (which you can also just turn up at – in several cases the music & words are already on-line). Have a look round the website for more info. If you attend, let us know how you get on.

 

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Big Busk, Sat 28th July 2012 – Review

Billy Bragg‘s Big Busk is an annual event at the Southbank & open to all musicians. At 2pm there was a rehearsal in the Festival Village (a cavernous room under the Queen Elizabeth Hall), where a motley crew of guitarists, uke players, percussionists & others had gathered to join in the fun.

Guitarist Ben Mandleson ensured everyone was tuned up, then Billy joked that busking tunes should only contain two chords – three was showing off! His crew behind had a selection of large cards with the guitar chords drawn on, which were held up as he played – confusion often reigned in the numbers with quick chord changes when the wrong cards were held up.

Daydream Believer, Big Busk 2012

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Big Busk, Sat 28th July 2012

Billy Bragg is hosting a free Big Busk session at the Southbank on Saturday 28th July. Musicians of any ability welcome to attend the song-learning session at 2pm in the Festival Village (under the Queen Elizabeth Hall). The songs will be easy to play, according to Billy! The Big Busk itself will be at 4pm.

Our review is here.

 

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