First performances of the Christmas season

We’ve had great fun starting to share this season’s music with people this weekend. We launched the inaugural “Voices” choir festival on Saturday with a performance in Nottingham’s newest outdoor performance space, Trinity Square. It was great to start putting these songs in front of an audience, and we had a lovely reaction too. It was also marvellous to catch up with a few old friends in some of the other choirs that were performing – always lovely to see people enjoying singing together.
Sunday saw us kicking off the Sheffield Christmas light switch-on – and if I’m honest, this was an event I was both looking forward to and dreading in equal measure. Outdoor performances are always a challenge, and this one was fairly high profile – plus it was the first outing for our version of “I believe in Father Christmas”, which we’ve struggled with in the last few sessions. I needn’t have worried! A quick sing through backstage sounded really strong, and gave me hope that we’d put on a good show, and then the performance itself was excellent. The sound was fantastic, and we’ve had great feedback afterwards too – from audience members and the event organisers alike. It’s always a good sign when you’re asked back for next year’s event!
I’m in the studio most of tomorrow, recording the tenor and bass parts for next season’s music with Alastair. I’m doing the soprano and alto parts with Eloise on Thursday, so it will be a busy week, but I’m really looking forward to hearing this music sung for the first time. As soon as these recording sessions are done, we’re into the busiest bit of the season, with around 20 performances in just a few weeks. See you on the other side!

BeVox Rocks!

One of the things that I find really exciting about my job, even if it sometimes messes with my head a bit, is that we’re constantly working on things with very different timescales. I can go from answering a telephone call about tonight’s session, to recording a backing track for a concert in a month’s time, to writing the arrangements we’ll be singing in two month’s time, to planning a concert in six month’s time – all within a few minutes of each other. The last few weeks have been full of this, and it all seems to be coming together right now.

Over the weekend, I finished the last backing track for the Autumn series of concerts. I’m really excited about how everything is sounding for these performances, and the work we’ll do over the next couple of weeks to polish everything up will result in some stand-out shows, I’m sure.

I’m now working on writing the arrangements for next season – I’ve only got a fortnight until our session singers, Alastair and Eloise, come up to record their parts! The song list has been chosen from suggestions made by our singers, and you can read it here, along with the song lists from all our previous seasons.

We’ve also just finalised the details for our big event for the Spring season – and it’s going to be a whopper! “BeVox Rocks” will take place on Saturday 11th April 2015, at The Octagon in Sheffield. It will feature a programme of stadium rock classics, as well as some more unexpected material, and we’ll be singing alongside a live rock band! The arena-like layout at The Octagon is ideal for this kind of music, and we’re sure to put on one hell of a show!

The Octagon, Sheffield
The Octagon, Sheffield