End of season and new songs

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to a great Spring season. We had our first end-of-season concerts this week, at Sheffield Winter Gardens on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes and our “Real Variety Performance” on Thursday evening. All of these went very well indeed – thank you to our guest artists Nycha Dance Creations and Concord Youth Music, both of whom were stunning. We’re looking forward to bringing the show to Wakefield, Nottingham and Barnsley next week.

I’m in the studio today and tomorrow, recording the tracks for next season’s music. There have been a couple of last minute changes to the song list, for various reasons, so if you’re keen to see what we’ll be singing, check the list again – there’s a link here.

We’ve been inundated with requests to perform throughout the Summer season, so it will be a very busy time for us indeed. If you want to be a part of it, make sure you sign up before we start back after Easter – existing singers need to sign up by April 15th. If you’re new to us, just turn up at the first session and we’ll make you very welcome!

We’ve also posted up initial information about our glittering Christmas event, BeVox at Buxton with Brass.

Concert details, and a thank you

First of all, thank you to everyone who has sent me such lovely birthday wishes. I had a lovely day yesterday, relaxing and doing very little – a real novelty for me! Toni is taking me somewhere this afternoon/evening – she’s not told me where, but she’s been bubbling with excitement about it for the last couple of months, so I’m sure I’m in for a treat!

I’ve put the details of our Real Variety Performances up on the website, and on our Facebook page. Please invite all your friends, family and colleagues, so we can have some great audiences for the shows and raise lots of money for some very worthy causes. Posters should be available in the coming week, if you’d like to display them anywhere (please get permission from the place you’re displaying them first!).

I’m putting the finishing touches to the information pack about our major concert this year – BeVox and Brass in Buxton (working title!). I’m hoping to get this information out before the end of the season, so you can read all about it and start making your decision about whether to join us for it.

I’m also working on the music for next season (couple of songs sorted already, itching to get onto the next ones) – if you missed it, the list of songs is here. We’ve already been invited to take part in lots of exciting events over the summer, singing this music, so it’s lining up to be a great season! Don’t forget, if you’ve sung with us before, all you need to do to register for the Summer Season is to send an email to signup@bevox.co.uk. If you’ve not sung with us before, come along to our first session and sign up then! Not sure when our first session is? Check out the website!

Alight, and Summer season song-list

What an incredible day we had on Saturday! I’m so indescribably proud of every member of BeVox for what we achieved. The day started with a long and complex technical rehearsal, and everyone kept their focus and good humour without fail. It was great to have the chance to spend a little extra time working on “Olympic Triptych”, which really paid off.

Then we moved to the Winter Gardens for our slot in Alight: Daylight. Thanks to your co-operation and good discipline, we were able to get on stage and ready to perform like a well-oiled machine – with not a hint of any “drill sergeant” barking at you! The performance itself was phenomenal – such energy! I think the audience reaction spoke for itself – great to see so many people getting caught up in the spirit of it all and clapping and dancing along. We really brought people together with our performance, which is exactly what BeVox exists to do. Unite! Arise! Alight!

Alight: Twilight at the City Hall was an absolute triumph. All the different groups that came together could have created a disjointed and awkward evening, but thanks to the dedication of each of the groups, and the talent of the creative team behind it, the show was a glorious success. I’ve had great feedback from lots of different people, including people who had lived in Sheffield all their lives but still learnt something new about their city from our show. Our performance of the “Sheffield Medley” was as energetic as I could wish for, and it was great to hear the audience clapping along.

And then there was “Olympic Triptych” – the piece that has occupied an increasingly large corner of my mind since June last year. It didn’t go absolutely perfectly, but it was still an incredible achievement for everyone involved. It was certainly a world premiere to be proud of, and I’m so grateful to everyone who helped bring it to life. I’m already looking at how we can secure further performances – I would love for BeVox (and other choirs) to be able to sing this over and over again.

Thank you to everyone who made Saturday such a special day for so many people. I can’t wait for us all to get in front of an audience and share what we do again.

Finally, our song list for the Summer season is now available. You can find it here: www.bevox.co.uk/songlist