Victoria BID flash mob update

I’m collecting the videos I find on YouTube into a playlist to make them easier to find – head to the BeVox YouTube channel to find them (along with lots of other fun stuff), or use the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-VJa9SAsibHZAHfIf2RC-lEdSoPZz1pg

The official video is being edited and will be made available in a week or so. You’ll only be able to access this by “liking” the Victoria BID Facebook page or following @VictoriaBID on Twitter.

I’d also like to share with you the following comments from Etienne, the Events Manager at Victoria BID:

Thank you for putting all of this together and putting on a spectacular performance. It is most certainly the most successful event I have attended in my time with the Victoria BID. So thank you very very much for all your hard work and efforts.

Victoria BID flash mob

What a day!

Yesterday, around 200 singers travelled from across Yorkshire, the Midlands and South Wales to London in order to flashmob the capital – three performances at Victoria Rail Station, the Piazza outside Westminster Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace. We were invited to put this together by Victoria BID to help promote the Victoria area of London as a tourist and business destination.

It was incredible! In the station, we had hundreds of people stopping to watch, take pictures and film us. The station management were seriously impressed with how well we did (and how well we respected their rules too), and have invited us back to do something similar there again in the future. It was a challenge, with so much space to fill and everything else going on around us, but it absolutely worked – a testament to everyone’s concentration!

Then we went to the Cathedral, and the acoustic in the Piazza really helped us – it sounded magnificent. The reaction from the tourists who had stopped to take pictures of the Cathedral was great to watch!

Finally, the big one – Buckingham Palace – time to take our Queen medley to the Queen! As all the singers know, I’d been very nervous about the musical side of this one – an open space with no walls to bounce the sound off meant some serious worries about us staying together and sounding good. I needn’t have worried – we rocked it! The sound was awesome, and the reaction from the crowd was immense – hundreds of people filming us, and dozens deciding to get involved and sing and dance along with us!

I’m sure everyone involved had a great day, and now have some incredible stories to tell (including the people who made a grand entrance to the Piazza performance – rocking up in a taxi just as they started singing – classic!). The events manager at Victoria BID was utterly thrilled with what we’d achieved for them, and is already talking about plans for our next appearance.

Thank you to everyone who took part, came along, or otherwise made it possible. Thanks to our friends at City Voices and The Rodillian Singers – it’s always great to sing with both of these brilliant choirs, and lovely to see friendships being renewed. Let’s do it again sometime!

Music for Life at Wakefield Cathedral

It’s been nearly a week since our “Music for Life” concert at Wakefield Cathedral, and now the dust has settled I feel I can write about it. It was an incredible concert, with some really remarkable and memorable performances. All the singers on stage raised their game to create a great sound, and I’m grateful to every single one of you. We made people laugh, cry, think and leap to their feet with applause – exactly what a concert should do.

I was particularly glad to finally produce a larger-scale event in Wakefield – we’ve had big things in Sheffield and Nottingham before, but this was a first for most of our Wakefield singers, and from the comments I’ve received this week, it’s clear that people really enjoyed the experience. I hope that means that we’ll have more and more of the Wakefield crowd joining us for our larger-scale things in other areas in the future.

Of course, we weren’t just singing for pleasure on Saturday – we were also raising awareness of organ transplantation, and funds for “Live Life Then Give Life”. I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be making a donation of £1,241.05 to this very worthy cause.

BeVox performing in Wakefield Cathedral
BeVox performing in Wakefield Cathedral (photography by Peter Wells LRPS)