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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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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