Brazilian promise – songs of summer

In new choral arrangements by Harvey Brough

With Monica Vasconcelos and her band and Vox Holloway Community Choir

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Join us for a feast of Brazilian music, new and old, led by the great Monica Vasconcelos. A selection of classic songs will address universal themes of love, strength and freedom, singing out as powerfully as when they were written half a century ago. Plus, new songs by Monica celebrating the promise of tomorrow.

With Marius Rodriques (drums), Andrew Lafone (bass), Steve Lodder (piano) and Ife Tolention (guitar).

The show begins at 7pm. Doors will open at 6.30pm and there will be a pay bar before the show. We will be serving a summer supper in the garden at the interval, with the cost of the food included in your ticket.

Where: St Lukes, West Holloway, N7 9JE

When: 7pm, Sunday 17 July (duration: two and a half hours with a 40 minute interval)


The Sun Does Shine

Premiere of a new oratorio based on the inspiring true story of Anthony Ray Hinton, an innocent man who spent 30 years on Death Row

Music by Harvey Brough, lyrics by Justin Butcher

Sunday 27 February at 7pm, St Luke’s Church, Holloway

At the age of 28, Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of multiple murders and sentenced to death by an Alabama court. He spent the next three decades yards away from ‘Big Mama’ – the electric chair – fighting to prove his innocence, before finally being released in 2015. 

His remarkable story shows how love, compassion and a sense of humour can carry the human spirit through unimaginable hardship. He did not leave prison broken and embittered, but emerged with a capacity to forgive and to embrace life, and a determination to fight on for others betrayed by criminal justice system. 

It’s a story with urgent relevance to us in the UK today. It confronts racism and the inbuilt injustices that keep prisoners locked up for years, while making a powerful case for the possibility of redemption, and celebrating the power of courage and hope.

World class soloists Wills Morgan, Christina Gill, Michael Henry and Clara Sanabras join the Vox Holloway, under the direction of Harvey Brough


Freedom Song returns to the Hackney Empire

The amazing true story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Music by Harvey Brough, lyrics by Justin Butcher

Banish the Covid blues with a song of redemption and triumph against all the odds. Join us at the Hackney Empire on Saturday 25th September. Book your tickets here. Listen in here


Virtual Vox sings Everything Must Change: Songs of Liberation and Transformation

Friday 26 March 2021 at 7.30pm. The video will be available until 7.30pm on Friday 2 April 2021. Donate here

New arrangements by Harvey Brough of standards by Kurt Weill, Rodgers and Hart, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and more…

With soloists, Christina Gill (alto), Clara Sanabras (soprano), Wills Morgan (tenor), Michael Henry (bass) and Rick Leigh (tenor), who were last seen together in our Hackney Empire gospel hit, Freedom Song. 

Harvey Brough conducts an all-star band of Liam Dunachie (piano), David Le Page (strings), Oli Hayhurst (bass), Eleanor Turner (harp) and Chris Vatalaro (drums). 

The concert is free, but all donations to our JustGiving page will go to our brilliant team of professional singers and musicians.


Virtual Vox sings Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

In new choral arrangements by Harvey Brough

A chance to sing one of the 20th century’s most celebrated albums, in 10 customised weekly rehearsals, which will bring Vox Holloway direct to your home

Directed by Harvey Brough, with warm-ups and sectional rehearsals by Christina Gill

Rehearsals begin Tuesday 15 September 2020. Click here to join



Vox returns to the Hackney Empire

FREEDOM SONG – When Gospel Came to the Empire

by Harvey Brough (music) and Justin Butcher (words).

Performed by Vox Holloway and the Hackney Empire choir

‘Sing it loud, sing it clear’

The inspiring true story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a group of emancipated slaves who took to the road in 1871 to raise funds for their university and introduced the world to the riches of plantation spirituals.

At: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Sunday 29 March,  6pm

Click here for tickets: £10 – £35 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 over the phone).