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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Sgt Pepper Online Concert

In massively exciting news, our Virtual Vox online concert will Here for 48 hours from 19.30 on Friday 27th November.

The concert is FREE but please consider making a donation to support our brilliant professional musicians who are facing hardship at this time.

Link to our JustGiving page

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Sergeant Pepper’s cure for lonely hearts

It was wonderful to be there, it was certainly a thrill for the singers who joined the first rehearsal of Virtual Vox’s autumn term.

Nearly 250 people from all over the UK and beyond have already accessed our first online session, which focused on two songs from the legendary Beatles LP, in new choral arrangements by our very own musical director Harvey Brough.

And the good news is: anyone who fancies a singalong, or is curious about how a virtual choir works, is welcome to have a go, free of charge, over the the next two weeks.

There are four separate sections. Just click on the vocal part that suits your voice. Our second rehearsal will take place on Tuesday 22 September at 7pm. It, too, will stay online until 29 September, so you can catch up at your leisure.

More information about joining Virtual Vox here.

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A musical invitation from Harvey Brough and Clara Sanabras

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Photograph: Polly Hancock

As Virtual Vox prepares for its second term of distanced music-making, Vox Holloway’s musical director Harvey Brough and star soloist Clara Sanabras joined Radio 3’s In Tune to showcase the choir’s work and give a taster of fabulous things to come.

Virtual Vox was created when the Covid crisis forced community choir Vox Holloway to postpone a revival of Freedom Song, at Hackney Empire. Listen in below, for a taster of our hit show.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can join the weekly rehearsals for our next online concert, a new choral arrangement of the classic Beatles album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The ten weekly evening rehearsals, beginning on Tuesday 15 September, include a warm-up with singing coach extraordinaire Christina Gill, and customised sessions for each vocal section. You can download your own score, or follow the music on-screen. And if you miss an evening, there’s no need to fret – each session will stay online for a week, so you can catch up when you can.

Click here for everything you need to know about joining us.

Meanwhile, here’s a chance to sit back and enjoy the musical magic of Harvey and Clara

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