Temporary venue change in Nottingham

We had a call from The Becket School this afternoon, letting us know that we’re not able to use the school for our session THIS TUESDAY, 4th October. We’ve secured an alternative venue, so for this coming week only, we’ll be at the West Bridgford Methodist Church on Musters Road (at the junction with Patrick Road). There’s a link to the alternative venue on Google Maps here: West Bridgford Methodist Church

Apologies for the late notice – this announcement is going out via email to all Nottingham singers, and will be on our Facebook and Twitter pages too.

Thanks for your support

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the competition to win the chance to perform at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall prior to a concert by the Soweto Gospel Choir. We’ve won! We’ll be singing to audience members as they wait in the foyer before the concert this Sunday, 2nd October. We also get the chance to sit in on the sound check for the concert, watching the world-class Soweto Gospel Choir at work. We’re really excited about this opportunity, so thanks for all your support – we can’t wait!

It’s also been a great couple of weeks watching the company grow – we’re around a third bigger than we were last season, with lots of new singers joining us in every group. We’ve got plenty of exciting things in the pipeline, and we’re just thrilled that we’re going to be able to share them with more and more people.

Amazing first week

What an amazing first week back! The company as a whole has grown by more than a quarter, with over a hundred singers signed up for this season in Sheffield, and over two hundred across all four groups. The sound last night as the Sheffield group sang “Moon River” was very promising – we’re going to make some good noises this season!

I also had some very productive conversations with people in the pub after last night’s session, with some great ideas for things we can do in the future – everything from interesting ideas for performance venues to requests for singing African chants. I love hearing what our singers want to do with BeVox – it really spurs me on to make some of those things happen. Keep sending me your ideas!

We’ll be releasing more information about the performances we’re doing this season in the next week or so – just trying to finalise all the dates so we don’t have to change anything once we’ve publicised them. We’re also working on a week-long residential course for August 2012, which we’re very excited about – it will be great to spend a concentrated stretch of time exploring new music with a bunch of you, and have that time together to get to know each other too. We’ve got several other ideas in the pipe-line too, from singing days (working on some very different music) to full-scale concerts, from charity fund-raisers to social occasions (like the Clumber Picnic earlier this year which was such fun). Exciting times…

So now we’re off to London for the evening(!), then it’s the promo weekend in Barnsley (Saturday) and Wakefield (Sunday). Who knows – this time next week, BeVox might be even bigger!

The more the merrier

We’ve had our first sessions of the season in Wakefield, Nottingham and Barnsley now – only Sheffield to come tonight. So far, Wakefield has grown by a third, Nottingham gained another fifteen singers, and Barnsley more than doubled in size! All the Barnsley singers seemed to enjoy our new venue, which is really light and modern, and it was great to see some old friends in Nottingham who I’ve not seen for a while.

We’ve had lots of people voting for us in the Soweto Gospel Choir competition – thanks for your support. Keep spreading the word, and hopefully we’ll get to sing on 2nd October – we’re really looking forward to it if we get the opportunity. A big thank you to everyone who has shared the link on Facebook or sent it to their friends and family – it’s great to have your support.

We’ve updated our Performance page with information about some of the performances we have confirmed for this season – take a look if you’d like to come and hear us sing. More performances will be added as they are confirmed. If you can’t wait until then, head to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/bevoxuk to see us there – we have lots of videos for you to watch.

We’re getting all geared up for our final “launch night” tonight – Sheffield. Let’s see if we can raise the roof!

We need your vote!

We’ve got a great opportunity to sing in the foyer of The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham prior to a concert by The Soweto Gospel Choir. However, in order to get this chance, we need lots of people to vote for us in an online competition to choose which choir gets to sing. There are only two choirs to pick from, us and the Bestwood Male Voice Choir (which is kind of ironic as their assistant MD is a close friend of mine!). Please follow the link below and vote for us, so we can go and sing in this great venue (and have the chance to sit in on the Soweto Gospel Choir rehearsing).

http://www.trch.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15348

(Please note that it seems to take 3-4 minutes for the survey to register your vote – please be patient!).

We had the first session of the Autumn season in Wakefield last night, and it was great to be back. There were lots of new people too, which was really lovely – nice to see Wakefield going from strength to strength. We’ve had lots of enquiries from people wanting to join the Nottingham group tonight, so it looks like another busy night!

Our second year

Well here it is – the start of our second year. We’re VERY excited about getting back into the weekly sessions again. It seems like an age since we were last together, even though it’s less than a month since our last performance. It’s been a busy time, getting things ready for the new season, but I managed to get two weeks away – I even managed to take Toni with me for the second week(!).

We’ve come back to a flood of email (once we’d fixed a problem with my computer – I got very frustrated with it until Toni managed to get it working again!), so if it takes us a little while to respond then please bear with us. The first week of a new season is always busy, but it’s busier than ever this time around. After the craziness of our first week’s sessions, we’re heading down to London for the evening on Friday to see Alastair Brookshaw (the guy who sings all the male parts on our rehearsal CDs) star in a production of Jason Robert Brown’s “Parade” at the Southwark Playhouse. We’ll be heading straight back up to Yorkshire after the show though – we have to be at The Mall in Barnsley for the first leg of our promotional weekend by 8:30am on Saturday… Well, we do, but thankfully those singers who are kindly joining us don’t have to be there until 9:45!

Please encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to come along and give BeVox a try this week – their first session is free, so they’re not risking anything, and we’ve got a great season of music and performances lined up. We’re raring to go – see you there!