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Concert link live until Friday 2nd April here

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When Harvey met Johnny …

At some point in the 1980s (he can’t remember exactly when), our very own Harvey Brough and the Wallbangers supported the great Johnny Cash at the Cork Jazz festival – and here’s the proof.

This priceless picture (with Harvey too cool for school on the left) only came to light thanks to some determined sleuthing by Clara Sanabras through the Brough archives.

Several Cash classics, rearranged by Harvey and sung by an all-star line-up led by Clara and Christina Gill, will feature in the line-up for Everything Must Change – the latest online concert from Virtual Vox, which has been keeping community singing alive through the pandemic.

Well-loved numbers from Nina Simone, Kurt Weill and Rodgers and Hart will also feature in a line-up designed to capture the anger, grief and frustration, but also the hope of our embattled time.

Join us on Vox Holloway’s YouTube channel at 7.30pm on Friday March 26, or at any time you like in the following week. The concert is free, but all donations will go to our community of brilliant singers and musicians, many of whom were last with us for our Hackney Empire hit, Freedom Song.

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Everything Must Change – concert details

Everything must Change: Songs of Liberation and Transformation

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

From Kurt Weill to Johnny Cash and Nina Simone, the latest concert from Virtual Vox draws on some of the greatest songs of the last century to create a musical experience that will strike every chord of our painful and challenging era.

The concert reunites our home team of world-class 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.  

We are not charging for the concert, but all donations made through our JustGiving page will help to support our professional singers and musicians. 

This is the third outing for Virtual Vox, online offshoot of the dynamic community choir Vox Holloway, which has spent the pandemic redefining what community singing means. 

For the last 10 weeks, up to 130 singers from all over the UK and beyond have have met up online to rehearse the songs, specially arranged by our very own Harvey Brough, becoming both chorus and witnesses to a soul-searching music that encompasses despair and anger, injustice and rebellion, but also hope for a better world.

We will be singing along at home, as our soloists breathe new fire into musical masterpieces ranging from Weill’s Pirate Jenny to Simone’s Mississippi Goddamn and Cash’s Redemption Day.

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).

Everything must change, nothing stays the same.

Winter turns to spring, wounded heart will heal.

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Everything Must Change: Songs of Liberation and Transformation

The third term in the life of Vox Holloway’s online offspring – Virtual Vox – features a musical exploration of what many are thinking, as the pandemic enters its second year: everything must change.

How can music help us with this? Through a legacy of powerful songs, which articulate our anger and sadness but also our hopes for a better future.

Some, like Rodgers and Hart’s “Spring is Here”, are wistful. Some, like Kurt Weill’s “Pirate Jenny”, imagine revenge against social injustice. Others – such as Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam”, composed after the death of four young black girls in a church bombing in 1963 – are simply howls of pain and rage.

All have been re-arranged by Vox’s own maestro Harvey Brough in new choral versions which will be led by our stellar soloists Christina Gill and Clara Sanabras.

Our spring term of ten online rehearsals starts on Tuesday 19 January at 7pm. Anyone anywhere in the world can join and signing up has never been easier. Just click on the orange or the blue button in this explainer blog to send us an email and introduce yourself.

Altogether now (in the words of the one and only Nina Simone):

Everything must change,
Nothing stays the same.

Winter turns to spring.
Wounded heart will heal.

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Hackney Black History Map

Hackney Life have published a map of the black history of Hackney, which feature our own Fisk Jubilee Singers. Click the link to see the whole map

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