We’ve (nearly) finished casting the soloists for our BeVox@Magna concert on 16th July. We’re very excited about hearing these performances come together with the rest of the choir music between now and July.
The weekly sessions are going really well, with some great singing coming from all groups after just a few short weeks. It’s great to see people from every group supporting each other, and a number of singers have visited the other groups to lend a hand and see how different each one is. Barnsley is getting off the group very well indeed – still small, but making great progress. Wakefield has more than doubled in size since last season, and is continuing to grow. Sheffield and Nottingham are both doing really well too, making a great sound and proving just how much fun it is to sing together!
We’ve nearly finished confirming our other performances for the Summer season – we’re just waiting to dot a few final Is and cross a few final Ts. We’ve got a nice variety again this season, and several invitations to take part in other exciting events.
It’s been a busy time for BeVox over the last few weeks. All four groups are thriving, with Barnsley taking off slowly but surely (thanks to a little help from guests from our other areas), Wakefield growing to over twice its previous size, and Sheffield and Nottingham continuing to be strong. We’ve sung at a fun day for The Cadland pub in Nottingham – an event that raised over £1,500 for “Help for Heroes”, and at the “Party in the Yard” for DIVA Wakefield, celebrating the opening of the new custom-built art gallery The Hepworth.
We also had our BeVox@Magna Singposium on Saturday – a chance for singers to get together, share their performances and collectively make suggestions for who should sing solos at our concert in July. It was a great day – lovely to see everyone being so supportive of their fellow singers. The decision-making process was so easy, thanks to the great feedback given by all participants, and everyone who took part has been sent an email letting them know who is singing what. That list will be shared here as soon as everyone has confirmed their acceptance of their part.
We’re finalising plans for all our Summer season performances this week, so look out for the “Come and listen” page in about a week’s time – it will have details of all the different opportunities you’ll have to come and hear BeVox in action! There is a real variety, which we’re thrilled about – that’s such a part of who we are.
On Saturday, BeVox joined with City Voices Cardiff for a Spontaneous Sing at St Pancras International station in London. Over 200 singers took part, and we entertained passengers, station staff, retailers and members of the public in four performances throughout the afternoon. It was great fun! There are several videos already available on YouTube, including our “official” one – visit www.youtube.com/bevoxuk to see them.
Simon Curtis, the director of City Voices Cardiff, was interviewed by Media Wales yesterday, and a small piece (admittedly with a Welsh bias!) appeared in the Wales on Sunday newspaper too. It has been great working with the CVC singers – they’re a great, friendly, talented bunch. Simon and I are looking into working together again in the future, so watch this space for more combined BeVox/CVC events!
We’re still welcoming more new singers for our Summer season, which kicked off with a bang in Sheffield on Thursday – loads of energy and enthusiasm, which was great to see and hear. Looking forward to Wakefield tonight, Nottingham tomorrow and Barnsley on Wednesday.
We’ve now finalised our programme of workshops for the Summer season – head over to the Workshops page to find out more. We’re starting to plan some full-day workshops over the summer holidays, which will take place across the country. Further details on these will be available soon.