Venue change, Sheffield, March 9th and March 16th 2017

We’ll be using an alternative venue for our sessions on March 9th and March 16th in Sheffield, as Sheffield Springs isn’t available on those dates. We’ll be at Newfield Secondary School, Lees Hall Road, Sheffield S8 9JP. Timings are as usual. We’ll be back to the Springs for our final session of the season on 23rd March, before the end of season concert on 30th March.

No Sheffield session 18th October

Due to unavailability of our usual venue, we won’t be running a session in Sheffield this week (18th October). We will add an extra session at the end of the season instead, so now the final standard session of the season will be on 6th December, with our end-of-season performance on 13th December. Please accept our sincere apologies for any problems this causes. Sheffield singers would be very welcome to join us in any of our other areas this week (Nottingham tonight, Barnsley on Wednesday). If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.

The One Show Roadshow

We do some pretty daft things at BeVox sometimes. We’ve sung in greenhouses, converted steel foundaries, shopping centres and train stations. We’ve sung to audiences smaller than the choir, and to audiences of well over a thousand. We’ve sung in sunshine, rain, wind and snow. And yesterday, mud!

Despite the British Summer’s best efforts to put a dampener on things, The One Show ran its first ever Roadshow yesterday, at Endcliffe Park – and we were thrilled to have been invited to go along as part of the One Show scratch choir, working with Carrie Grant on getting Sheffield singing! It was a long day, and sometimes spirits drooped a little, but by the time the presenters were firing everyone up, and with the infectious enthusiasm of Alan Davies as their special guest, everyone threw themselves into the final performance with such energy and enthusiasm that it created a fantastic end to the show. We’re really grateful to the BBC for asking us to be a part of it!

It keeps on coming

Well, if I’d hoped for a rest after the end of the Summer season, I haven’t got one! We had a great time in our final performances of the season. Wakefield’s end-of-season concert was lots of fun, with a few people singing in their first ever public performance. Barnsley’s was really energetic too – fast-paced, due to having to drop the interval, but a great atmosphere. Then we had the Nottingham Variety Performance. I’m always nervous whenever we do an event that someone else is producing, so letting someone else produce our end-of-season concert was a real risk, but it went fantastically well. It was a pleasure to share the stage with a number of the other artistes, and we were very well received.

Then this weekend we sang trackside at the English Institute of Sport, where Jessica Ennis trains every day, just the day after she won her epic Olympic Gold medal. Despite the audience being small, they were very enthusiastic, and hopefully all the singers enjoyed the rest of the Sheftival.

We’re at Weston Park Bandstand at 12 noon this Sunday, then at Lowedges Festival in Greenhill Park at 3:30pm – great to have two shows on the same day. And then, in just a week and a half’s time, we’re off for our Summer Singing Retreat!

There’s not even chance to catch breath when we get back from Stubton Hall either – we’ll be joining Carrie Grant and the rest of the BBC One Show team for the One Show Roadshow on Wednesday 29th August – for more details, see www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/the-one-show-roadshow/occurrence/151562.

I’m in the studio all day tomorrow recording the final bits of our rehearsal tracks for next season, which I’m excited about – lovely to be working with our session singers again. Here’s some fun facts for you – I took Toni to see the West End production of “Ghost” for her birthday, and the lead role of Molly was played by none other than Rebecca Trehearn, who sings some of our rehearsal tracks for us – I’d been in the studio with her just the week before. And for those small number of you who watched the Olympic Opening Ceremony(!), as the Olympic Cauldron was lit, you’ll have heard some beautiful high soprano notes – sung by Eloise Irving, our other female session singer, who I was in the studio with a few days later. I’m working with Alastair tomorrow, singing all the male parts, and we’ll be making plans for his workshop at Stubton Hall while he’s up north. Exciting stuff!

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!

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…

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.

Final concerts of the Spring season

What an incredible week it has been – and that’s just the weather! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our “Real Variety Performance” concerts – they all went very well indeed, and I’m pleased to let you know how much we raised for the four different charities we were supporting:

  • Barnsley raised £413.09 for Lost Chord
  • Nottingham raised £588.83 for Hayward House
  • Wakefield raised £627.22 for Forget-Me-Not children’s hospice
  • Sheffield raised £934.54 for Neurocare

So, in total, we raised £2,563.68 with all our performances. Again, a very sincere thank you to everyone who made this possible.

If you’d like to join us for the Summer season, please remember to sign up before April 15th. We look forward to seeing you then!

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.