Looking forward

After another enjoyable couple of performances, entertaining pensioners (including Toni’s grandmother) in Hemel Hempstead and patients at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, thoughts turn to next season. We’ve already had a number of exciting invitations, and there are more in the pipeline. Singers have been emailed about these – if you want to come and hear us perform, see our Forthcoming Performances page.

The song choices for next season have been finalised – click here to take a look. We’ve gone slightly more traditional this season, which should work nicely with the community events leading up to Christmas. That hasn’t stopped us including a couple of pop favourites, and we’ve got some musical theatre in there too. The song list for the Christmas Medley is still being finalised, but already has everything from Mariah Carey and Wizzard through to Deck The Halls…

An incredible week

This has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life. Last Tuesday, we did our first public performance of the season, singing in Nottingham’s Victoria Centre. We then had two more lunchtime concerts on the Wednesday and Thursday, in Sheffield’s Winter Garden. Thursday night saw the dress rehearsal for BeVox@Magna, then Saturday was the legendary Magna concert itself – and the best after-party I’ve ever been to. No rest for the wicked – Monday was the first of our “Real Variety Performance” concerts, in Wakefield, with each following night seeing another, in Nottingham, Barnsley and Sheffield. We also went back to the Victoria Centre in Nottingham this Tuesday for another lunchtime concert.

Over the course of the last week and a half, we’ve raised over £2,100 for four different charities – £289.63 for Wakefield Hospice, £646.93 for Treetops Hospice in Nottingham,£264.06 for Lost Chord in Barnsley, and £899.58 for St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield.

We’ve performed alongside a great mixtures of other acts in the “Real Variety Performance” concerts – Stagecoach Theatre Arts, musical theatre singer Anita Adams, international storyteller Kevin Walker, girl band Finesse, ballet dancer Rebecca Ladds, teller of tales Oscar Morrey, the Quercus Minor Barbershop Quartet, Arabesque Dance Academy, the Hope Community Gospel Choir, Saxophone Sunday, classical tenor Melvyn White, Nycha Dance Creations, classical soprano Sheila Rothman, pop singer Daniel Shirazi-Nejad, and local folk singer/guitarist Ian Price. Our audiences have also been entertained during the intervals and before the shows by magicians Marcel Burns & friend, and Andy Ware, and by UK Yo-Yo Champion David Braden Holmes (only 10 years old!). We’ve been lucky enough to have some great hosts too – David Hartill in Wakefield and Barnsley, Rebecca Ladds and Oscar Morrey in Nottingham, and Rev Jonathan Haigh in Sheffield. A most sincere thank you to each of you for donating your time so generously.

Events like “A Real Variety Performance” don’t organise themselves. We’d like to extend our very heartfelt and genuine thanks to the people who have enabled these events to take place. These people have done incredible work behind the scenes, and we quite simply couldn’t have done it without them – take a bow, Margaret Burrell, Katie Chamberlin, Paul Howard, Kate Caulfield, David and Alison Pridmore, Louise Lewus, Ann Hallam, Roz Bexon, Lynda Simms, Jackie Wilson, Margaret Wilson, Sally Kirkham, Denise Duckworth, Pete Wood, Martin Clarke, and Pauline Firth.

We have a couple of events left this season – the Concert for Gus on Sunday, and Pinderfields Hospital on Monday. We’re also singing at the Lowedges Festival in August, which should be really exciting. As a result of some of the performances we’ve done this season, we’re already receiving some amazing invitations to perform elsewhere – we’re working through these over the next week or so, and we’ll have some exciting announcements to make very soon.

Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of BeVox in any way over the last 9 months. It’s been an incredible journey, and we’re very excited about what the future has to offer. Bring it on!

BeVox@Magna

What a truly extraordinary experience. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this event such a unique and incredible one. It was truly a fitting celebration of our first year together – amazing music, stunning performances, an incredible venue – and a rocking party! Every single person on that stage should be very proud of their achievements – you put on an awesome show. Special thanks to Neil Roberts, for his stalwart support backstage, Pauline Firth, for making the whole day run so smoothly, the team at Magna, the tech team at Transmitta, and the rock legends also known as Tragical History Tour. Thank you all!

Awesome night

I’m writing this at half past five on Friday morning, having not yet gone to bed after our dress rehearsal for BeVox@Magna on Thursday night. What a night! Every single person who has had anything to do with making this event such a success should be very proud of themselves – that was quite simply the best rehearsal I have ever had for any production, ever! The energy, concentration, disclipine and sheer joy were amazing to witness, and the end result was a sound that had me fighting for breath in places. The shows on Saturday are going to be a landmark in the history of BeVox.

Steaming ahead

We have just a fortnight to go until the first “Real Variety Performance”, and everything is falling into place to make these concerts really great. Thanks to everyone who is donating their time and expertise – it’s a real testement to what people can achieve for a good cause.

Less than a fortnight to go until BeVox@Magna too. Things are coming together in a really exciting way for this – I have a little leap of excitement every time I hear a newly finished backing track or see a completed video. All we have to do now is develop more of an audience – ticket sales are only growing slowly, so we’re doing a big push this week. We have an ad in the Sheffield Star later in the week, and we’re encouraging everyone to spread the word. It’s truly going to be an amazing event. I hope you’re not one of the people who will hear about it afterwards and think “I wish I had been there”!

After a very positive meeting this morning, I’m proud to say that BeVox will be taking part in Alight – part of Music Nation, a Countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. I’m still working on the various different events we’ll be bringing to Alight, so watch out for more details nearer the time; but for now, save the date! We’ll be performing at various events throughout the day on Saturday 3rd March 2012. I can’t wait!