In March 2020 Vox Holloway was due to return to Hackney Empire with its sell-out show, Freedom Song: When Gospel Came to the Empire. Sadly our live performance was postponed because of Covid-19. The story of Freedom Song – slavery, suffering, faith and redemption – resonates deeply with the meaning of Easter. It also reflects how something beautiful and transformational can emerge from great hardship and suffering and reminds us that the fight against global slavery is far from over. We hope you find it uplifting during this difficult period. We will be streaming the film of our full 2019 performance on our YouTube channel from midday on Friday 10 April to midnight on Sunday 12 April and again from midday to midnight on Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 April.
Hello all Vox members, friends and supporters. We are sad not to be all together for Freedom Song in Hackney Empire tomorrow. But, undaunted, we invite you to join us for a streaming of the concert from one year ago. Click on this link just before 6pm tomorrow.
Don’t forget the clocks go forward tonight.
You can go there now and set a reminder. We will also put a copy of the link on the front page of the website. At 6 PM tomorrow, Sunday 29th MARCH Harvey will introduce the concert and you can join in on the live chat to let us know how you are and share your thoughts about Freedom Song. We are also soon launching the CD which we recorded a year ago, details will be on the new Vox Shop on our website. We will let you know. Lastly and importantly, the committee has set up a Justgiving page to see if we can raise some funds for the professional singers and soloists who have lost out because of the postponement of Freedom Song. They face a very uncertain future so do contribute if you are able:
Dear Vox Members
Hackney Empire sent out emails yesterday informing people that all their shows, including Freedom Song, have been postponed until further notice. Although it is incredibly sad, it was inevitable. As the threat of C-19 increases by the day, we are all having to take steps we could never have imagined in order to combat the spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, the committee met (at arms length!) to work out how to handle the implications for our lovely choir. We want to share our thinking with you and to get your feedback and suggestions.
Freedom Song will happen – but not until next year. Our plan is to reschedule for Easter 2021, at Hackney Empire. It is likely that people will be able to carry forward their tickets, but HE will confirm the options asap. So please hang onto your scores.
Meanwhile we will press ahead and get the CD ready by the 29th (or thereabouts) so that you, your friends and everyone who hoped to come to the concert, can hear the recording from last year. We need to set up a sales and distribution system and will let you know asap how to purchase the CDs.
We are also cancelling the May concert – this virus is not going to go away quickly – and we may need to cancel the June concert as well. But we will monitor the situation and if things are easier by then, we could decide to hold a simple concert in June at St Luke’s – possibly with Liane. We will make a decision at the right time and let you know.
There will be no rehearsals for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, we will be able to start again in September, and our plans for the Autumn term remain unchanged – but again, we will need to monitor the situation over the coming months.
We are very keen to keep our choir together and to support one another during this very difficult time, so here are some ideas – and if you have any thoughts, please get back to us:
Maintain contact with each other via the Vox email – we want to know how people are coping and how we can support each other
If it is deemed safe to do things out of doors, we may convene a ‘flash choir’ event in a park or garden, where we can sing together (while keeping our distance) just for the fun of it. Singing is so important at a time like this – and we need to think of ways to keep our spirits up…….and stay sane!
Maintain a virtual choir: Harvey is thinking about how we might continue to sing together, learn new music and even rehearse for a June concert via live streaming. We will email about this, once we have figured out how to do it! Let us know what you think.
Our other concern is how to support Harvey over this period, since he, like many artists, is totally dependent on the income generated by activities and events that can no longer happen. We are committed to paying him for this term, even though we have had to stop work abruptly. And with this in mind, we hope that you will allow us to keep the subscriptions you have paid to date. However, we know that many people will face hardship over the coming months, so if this is difficult for you, please get in touch.
Finally, we would have been planning an AGM in May, but this will have to be put back to later in the year – I know that will be devastating news!!
Please keep your eyes on the Vox email – there will be more news and some practical things we need to sort with members.
Vox means so much to all of us, and we will feel bereft without our Tuesday rehearsals. But the main thing is for everyone to stay safe, stay in touch and find other ways to keep our singing community vibrant until we can start to meet together again.
With much love from all the committee
Tricia, Jonathan, Sheena, Polly, Caroline, Marion, Harvey and Justin