I’m having one of those frustrating days when nothing seems to be going quite my way! I’ve been trying to sort out the travel arrangements for one of our “surprise” trips, and it’s proving far more difficult than I first thought. More information on this at the sessions this week.
Nevertheless, things are still going well – we had a very productive (and emotional) workshop in Sheffield on Saturday, and several invitations to sing in different places over the next few months. My main difficulty at the moment is trying to find enough hours in the day to get everything done!
The song list has now been frozen until next season, to give me chance to select the songs, write the arrangements and get the CDs recorded in time for the start of Season Three. I’m hoping to have the selections done by next week, and I’ll post them up here when they’re done. I’m excited about the songs I have to pick from – I’ve got 184 to wade through!!!
Things are moving along quite nicely. All the groups have gelled really well this season, and the workshops have taken off. We have a handful of performance dates confirmed so far, and meetings to work on the rest of the dates in the next week or two. I’ve now got well over 120 song suggestions for the next few seasons, so I’m going to have great fun going through all of those to pick the programme for Season Three. I’m now looking at which area to open the next BeVox group in – if you’re interested in singing with us and there isn’t a group in your area, let me know!
All the taster sessions for the spring season have taken place now, and we’re into the season proper – it was the first “standard” session in Nottingham on Tuesday, with Sheffield following tonight and Wakefield on Monday. It’s great to be back singing again, and fantastic to see the groups growing. Nottingham has nearly tripled in size, and now has 68 singers signed up. Sheffield is on course to top 70 singers, and Wakefield has grown by over 35%.
I spent this morning visiting the venue for our major performance at the end of Season Three. Wow! It is an awesome space, a truly unique place to stage a concert, and more than that – the staff are exceptionally helpful, too. Full details of this concert will be released in the next 2-3 weeks, once all the paperwork is sorted – but for now, pencil in 16th July 2011…
People who sing with me regularly will know that I like to keep you informed with regular emails. There’ll be a bit of a delay before I can send out my next email, due to a minor technical problem (my PC exploded after a power cut!). Normal service should resume in the next couple of days.
Finally, a quick note about the weekend workshops I’m running this season – most of these are quickly filling up, with the Sheffield Solo Singing workshop already oversubscribed and the Nottingham Solo Singing workshop only having one place left. In the next few days, I’ll be emailing or writing to everyone who has applied with full details of what to expect. I’m also hoping to schedule an additional date for the Solo Singing workshop in Sheffield, to accommodate everyone who wants to take part. After some suggestions from singers in Nottingham, I’m also looking at developing a fourth workshop. This will be aimed at people who have been singing in choirs for some time but who don’t have ambitions to become a soloist, giving them a “vocal assessment” and a detailed plan of how to improve their areas of weakness. Further details on this will be available once I’ve written the plan and confirmed some dates.
We had our taster session in Nottingham last night – and wow! What a great start to the season. It was lovely to see so many people there, familiar faces and lots of new ones too. There was a real buzz in the room, and already the group has grown significantly since last season.
I was then on BBC Radio Nottingham after the session, talking with Richard Spurr and Dr Lauren Stewart about tone deafness and methods of working with people who believe they can’t sing. All light-hearted fun, but great to have these opportunities to spread the message that singing is for everyone! Click here to listen if you’re interested – Dr Steward comes on at about 2:10:00, and I’m a little after that.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the taster sessions now – Sheffield on Thursday then Wakefield on Monday. A group of us are singing at the opening of “Your Space” in Wakefield on Saturday – a great chance to support a real community event.
Finally, as a few people were asking last night, the link to the list of songs for this season ishere – enjoy!
Happy New Year to you all. I hope it brings all you wish for.
We are running some weekend workshops this season – you can find out all about them by following the “Workshops” link on the right. Please spread the word about these, as they are open to anyone, not just existing BeVox singers.
The website has had a general update, which will hopefully make it easier to find what you need. Let us know what you think using the Contact Us link. There are plans to make the website more interactive next year, which will include an online calendar of events, a singer’s area with customised information specific to each singer, and the ability to book your place online.
Our performance at the West Bridgford Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday November 20th has been moved to 1:30pm, rather than the 1:00pm previously advertised.
The song selection for next season is now available – click here to see it. Thanks for all your great suggestions – it was tough to pick just ten from the list of over 90 that had been submitted. I’m now working on the arrangements for these songs, which I can’t wait to work on with you!
The songs that will be featured in this Autumn’s season have been announced – click here to read the list.
We are now accepting applications for the Autumn 2010 Season. Application forms are available on the “Come and sing” page.