Summer performances, and news about the Autumn

What an incredible week it has been! Two very different performances this weekend – on Friday we performed “Voices at the Cathedral”, and on Saturday we sang at Dore & Totley United Reformed Church. Both events helped to raise funds for local charities, and we’ll post an update on here once we’ve got the final totals in. Musically speaking, both concerts were a real success. It was great to contrast the intimacy of the Dore & Totley event with the grandeur of Sheffield Cathedral, and it was so gratifying to hear the dedication that each singer brought to both events. We had some top quality solo, duet and small ensemble singing, to match the passion of the choir numbers – it really has shown what a dynamic, varied and interesting bunch we are!

As we’re coming to the end of our Summer season (still a few more performances to go!), here are the dates for the Autumn – we’ll start again on Monday 10th September in Wakefield, Tuesday 11th in Nottingham, Wednesday 12th in Barnsley and Thursday 13th in Sheffield. Those singers taking part in “Picnic and Pavarotti at the Priory” and/or “Bestwood MVC Diamond Jubilee Concert”, there’s a top-up rehearsal to remind you of the Summer season music on Saturday 8th September – more details to follow by email. The last sessions of the Autumn season will be on Monday 26th November in Wakefield, Tuesday 27th in Nottingham, Wednesday 28th in Barnsley and Thursday 29th in Sheffield. We are still working out the details of performances at the end of next season – we’ll definitely have performances in each area, in addition to our combined event in Buxton, but we haven’t worked out exactly when or where these will be just yet – we’ll keep you posted.

Finally, the song list for the Autumn is now finalised – follow this link to find out what you’ll be letting yourself in for!

Performances all over the place!

Yesterday, we went on tour and surprised the public in no less than four different shopping centres, in different towns across Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. You can see videos of our performances on our YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/bevoxuk. It was great to take our “flash mob” out to the public again – after we startled guests at the drinks reception prior to the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Annual President’s Dinner at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday night! It’s such an exciting time for us at the moment – in the last few weeks we’ve sung for the Olympic Torch, entertained a local village fayre, and shared the stage with the inspirational Sooper Troopers – and we’ve got loads more planned for the next few weeks!

We’re putting the final touches to our upcoming “Voices at the Cathedral” concert, which sees us return to Sheffield Cathedral on Friday 13th July for a full evening of singing (get your tickets here). We’re then off to Dore & Totley United Reform Church on Saturday 14th, before our Wakefield end-of-season concert at Sandal Methodist Church on Monday 16th, Barnsley end-of-season concert at Kingstone School on Wednesday 18th, and two performances at the Nottingham Variety Show on Saturday 21st (tickets from www.nottingham-theatre.co.uk).

We’re then appearing at several festivals over the summer – we’re at the Sheftival on Sunday August 5th (see www.sheftival.co.uk), then two shows on Sunday 12th August – Weston Park Bandstand at 12:00, and Lowedges Festival at 3:00pm. Time for some rest and relaxation (and our Summer Singing Retreat) then, before “Picnic & Pavarotti at the Priory” on Sunday 9th September (see www.lost-chord.org.uk/events?id=26) and our appearance as special guests of Bestwood Male Voice Choir at Nottingham’s Albert Hall on Sunday 23rd September (tickets from 01623 484 091).

All that will be a great build-up to our massive concert at the end of the year – BeVox at Buxton with Brass. Wow – I’m out of breath just typing about it all!

Tickets on sale

We’re using an online ticketing system to sell tickets for any of our performances that are ticketed. Most performances we do aren’t ticketed, as they’re out in the community and so are free, but for more formal concerts, such as “Voices at the Cathedral” on 13th July, or “BeVox at Buxton with Brass” on 8th December, we’ll be selling tickets. The link you need is bevox.eventbrite.com, and there you’ll find details of all concerts we’re currently planning that require tickets. PLEASE NOTE – this doesn’t include events that we’re not producing ourselves, as tickets for these will be sold by the event organisers – we’ll include information about how to buy tickets for these kind of events on the Performances page.

For “Voices at the Cathedral”, you can also buy tickets in person at the Cathedral itself – just call in to their office and they’ll be happy to help!

One last thing – a quick reminder to the Nottingham group – we’re at West Bridgford Methodist Church tonight, not the school. See you there!

Performance information

We had a great time singing at the Spire Choir festival in Chesterfield yesterday – despite wet weather forcing us indoors for the second two performances. It was great to hear the streets of Chesterfield resounding with choirs of all kinds, and we heard some great performances when we weren’t singing ourselves. So many people stopped to listen, which was great – and so many wanted us to start a branch of BeVox in Chesterfield! We’d love to oblige of course, but at the moment are somewhat restricted by the number of days there are in a week…

Tickets have gone on sale for our concert at Sheffield Cathedral. At the moment, they’re only available online – we’re looking at other options and will keep you posted on this if they become possible. You can get them from this link.

We’re looking forward to our next public outing, singing at the Hemlock Happening on 2nd June. Maybe the weather will be kinder to us…

Busy times!

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote here, but the delay isn’t due to not having anything to say – it’s because I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to write! It’s still very hectic here, with lots to organise for lots of different events. We’re really pleased to have confirmed our concert at Sheffield Cathedral – we’ll be there on Friday 13th July. Full details on ticket availability etc will be released soon.

We’re still waiting for confirmation of plans for the possible re-run of Olympic Triptych on 25th June – we should know more by early next week. We’ll update you as soon as we hear anything!

Our Come and listen page is currently up-to-date with all the performances we have planned for this season (except our flash mobs – we’ll keep those under wraps!). We’ve got lots of other events happening too, including our Singposium and a top-up rehearsal this Sunday, auditions for soloists on June 9th, and a couple of other bits and pieces we’re working on.

We’ve had a good initial take-up for our BeVox at Buxton with Brass event, although there are still plenty of spaces available. We’ve sent an invitation to our friends at City Voices Cardiff to join us for the Buxton concert – we had such a good time working with them on the St Pancras flash mob, we thought it would be lovely to involve them in another of our events.

We’re singing in the Spire Choir festival next weekend, a series of performances by lots of choirs throughout Chesterfield. It will be nice to dust off last season’s music and give it another airing!

Incidentally, we’re still open to new singers wanting to join us. We’ve seen lots of new people join us this season, and it’s great to see all the groups thriving and growing so organically.

Happy singing!

Lots of things for Summer season

Welcome back! We started our Summer season in Sheffield on Thursday, and we’re looking forward to restarting in our other groups from Monday onwards. We’ve got lots of things happening this season, so please find below lots of important information.

Music and CD return date for the Summer: Friday 27th July

Performances

Performances we currently have confirmed are all listed on the Performances page. There are a couple of others that we’re waiting for confirmation on, including the Olympic Torch event on 25th June, a surprise event in Sheffield (all other areas confirmed – singers, see your email!), a concert at Sheffield Cathedral that we’re working on for Saturday 14th July, and another Concert for Gus on 22nd July. Once each of these are confirmed, we’ll move them to the Performances page.

Changes to the Singposium

We are making some substantial changes to how the Singposium works. We will now be running two events – a Singposium for people to get experience of singing in front of others, to try out new things and get valuable feedback, and an Audition for people who want to sing solos, duets or small ensemble pieces in our performances. The two things are completely separate, and you only take part in them if you want to.

The Singposium will be on Sunday 13th May, and will cost £10 – more details on the board at sessions, or available by emailing us. The auditions will take place on Saturday 9th June in Wakefield, and will remain free. We’re also making places available on the audition panel for choir members – if you’re interested in this, drop us a line and we’ll explain more about what is involved.

Top-up sessions

We have a number of performances early this season, for which we’ll be using the Spring season music. We’re holding a top-up session to go over this music again, if you feel the need – this will be in the afternoon of Sunday 13th May (venue and exact time TBC).

We’ll be doing a similar thing at the beginning of the Autumn season, reminding you of the Summer season music after the long summer break! This will be on the morning of Saturday 8th September, at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.

Feedback

It’s really important to us at BeVox that we get regular feedback from our singers – after all, this is your group, and we want to make sure we’re doing the things you want, in the way you want them done! Thanks to everyone who has sent us feedback forms – we’ve read them all now, and we’ll be sending an email to all our current singers outlining the general things that have been said, and how we’ll respond to them. It’s good to know that we’re generally on course and people enjoy what they do with us, but also just as important to know what we can do to improve the service we offer.