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Southbank Chorus Festival 31 Mar – 6 Apr 2014 – Part 2

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Victoria Embankment Gardens  – Uke-Wielding Buskers

Off again without my uke for a day of vocal workouts at the Southbank Chorus Festival, as I bought some lunch for later on, I was delighted to spot a group of lively buskers by Victoria Embankment Gardens, with the lead singer wielding a ukulele & dancing around.

As with last year, there were events all over the Southbank complex – on the Riverside Terrace, Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, up in the St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, down in the Spirit level basement (very echoey – great acoustics) & dotted around various bar areas.

I’d decided to try out four of the free workshops & listen to whatever choirs I could catch in the gaps. Read the rest of this entry »

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Southbank Chorus Festival 31 Mar – 6 Apr 2014

Now in it’s sixth year, the Southbank Chorus Festival is the place to be this week for anyone who enjoys singing or would like the chance to improve their voice.

There are lots of opportunities to take part, with free Voicelab warm-up, drop-in and song-sharing sessions held alongside a diverse programme of performances by different choirs. See the website for more details & my review from last year’s festival to find out more.

Jeanette

 

 

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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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