WORKS SUNG

This is an overview of the eclectic range of works sung by Vox Holloway since 2009. Concert titles shown as links will take you to more information about the works and performance.

2020

Spring

FREEDOM SONG – streaming and CD release

Music by Harvey Brough, lyrics by Justin Butcher

The amazing true story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

After our Hackney Empire revival was cancelled due to coronovirus, we decided to celebrate the launch of the CD by streaming our 2019 performance on the day of the concert (March 29), over the Easter weekend (April 10-13) and for two subsequent Sundays.

• Watch the trailer here

Vox sings the Kinks at Shoreditch Town Hall

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of two classic Kinks albums, Ray Davies commissioned composer Harvey Brough to rearrange songs from Arthur, to accompany his triumphant choral version of The Village Green Preservation Society, premiered in 2018.

Voiceovers by Ray Davies

Soloists Clara Sanabras and Rick Leigh

Plus a new doo-wop super group:  Naomi Hammerton, Mike Henry, Wills Morgan and Harvey Brough

And the David le Page Ensemble

2019

Christmas Concert

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An imaginative programme of Christmas music, with new arrangements of seasonal favourites, plus audience participation.

Featuring: Vox Holloway, children’s choir, piano and brass quartet.

Where: St Luke’s .

When: Sunday 15 December, 2019

Autumn

Music on the Mind

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6.30pm, Sunday 24 November

by Harvey Brough, libretto by Justin Butcher

A musical exploration of the complex and sensitive issues surrounding mental health

With settings of poems by John Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Emily Dickinson and more. Plus a musical  interpretation of  Kay Redfield Jamison’s ground-breaking
memoir, An Unquiet Mind.

Performed by Vox Holloway Community Choir and the Maudsley Hospital’s Mind and Soul Choir

With soloists Clara Sanabras and Stephan Loges and the David Le Page Ensemble

Summer

The São Paulo Tapes with Monica Vasconcelos

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Bossa Nova and Songs of Resistance

In new choral arrangements by Harvey Brough

With Monica Vasconcelos and her band and Vox Holloway Community Choir

1960s Brazilian songs of resistance. Joyful music with a social conscience

At: St Luke’s Holloway,

Sunday 30 June, 2019, 7pm.

Spring

Byrd, Tallis, Richard Farrant …

A Concert of Tudor Music

Directed by Harvey  Brough

Performed by Vox Holloway chamber choir

With soloists Clara Sanabras, Lucy Watson, Maurice Wren, Matt Evan Smith

After the rapture of Freedom Song, a moment for quieter contemplation

Spring – Freedom Song

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

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.

• In pictures

Sergeant Pepper singalong – open to all

St Luke’s Church, Holloway, Sunday 3 February 2019

Come and sing – SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB

Arrangements made specially for us by David le Page and Harvey Brough. With an afternoon’s expert coaching from Harvey, a  chance to sing alongside the celebrated Vox Holloway, with a professional band led by David, and soloist Jeremy (Wallbanger) Taylor.

• Sergeant Pepper Singalong – in pictures

2018

Winter – THE FAURE REQUIEM

Sunday 25 November,  7.30pm, St Luke’s, Holloway

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REQUIEM by Gabriel Fauré conducted by James Murray

Plus: INCANTATION OF EDEN by Harvey Brough, libretto by Justin Butcher

With soloists Emily Kirby-Ashmore and Angus McPhee

Autumn – THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Sunday 28 October, St Luke’s, Holloway

A 50th anniversary celebration of the Kinks’ classic album, in a new arrangement by Harvey Brough, with the blessing of Ray Davies.

• In pictures

Summer – SAO PAULO TAPES  and Bossa Nova, with Monica Vasconcelos

Sunday 15 July, 7.30, St Luke’s, Holloway

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An evening of Brazilian Music with singer Monica Vasconcelos.

Songs of resistance from her acclaimed album The Sao-Paulo Tapes, together with Samba and Bossa Nova classics, in new arrangements by Harvey Brough.

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Spring 2018

THE STONY FIELD

Sunday 20th May St Luke’s, Holloway; Thursday 7th June, St James, Clerkenwell; Saturday 9th June, St Mary’s, Islington

World Premiere of a commission by the Cloudesley Charity, celebrating the life and legacy of Richard Cloudesley whose will –  read 500 years ago – continues to provide for the people of Islington.

• Press coverage

• Video: Post concert interviews

THECLA – recording and performance

Performed at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Stoke Newington, Saturday 17 May. Recorded on Sunday 18 May.

Oratorio about the life of a radical saint, by Harvey Brough, with libretto by James Runcie

Plus Linguis, by Harvey Brough, with a libretto by Tanis Taylor.

Narrator: Janet Henfrey.

Soloists: Clara Sanabras, Mark le Brocq, Rick Leigh, Jo Marshal and Nicholas Garrett.

With Young Vox, and the North Bridge House, Canonbury, Choir

• Listen to an excerpt from the recording here

2017

Spring – LOST AND FOUND

Sunday 26 March

A concert of 18th-century music written for the orphans of London and Venice, featuring Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and A Particulare Care by Harvey Brough.

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Summer  – SUMER IS ICUMEN IN

Sunday 2 July 7, St Luke’s, Holloway

A sparkling selection of music from Medieval to Gothic to Jazz.

Very special guest Liane Carroll and her trio

will be accompanied by the 100 plus voices of VOX on original songs and standards(Skylark, Memphis in June and others arranged by Harvey Brough)

The rest of the programme will consist of English Partsongs by Stanford and Sullivan & Sea Pictures, Sir Edward Elgar’s masterpiece for Contralto and orchestra, newly arranged (last week) for choir, featuring James Murray playing Elgar’s elegant and elaborate piano part.

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Winter BELLS OF PARADISE Sunday 10th December

A welcome return for our rather fab concert of Christmas music, with special guests and soloists…..VH_BELLSXMAS17_EFLYER

SGT. PEPPER Sunday 1st October

A performance of the entire album, accompanied by the really rather wonderful Harborough Collective and soloist Jeremy Taylor.VH Sgt Pepper FINAL

2016

Spring – A HUM ABOUT MINE EARS – at the Barbican Centre

Clara Sanabras; A Hum about Mine Ears, 2016

Summer – THE YEAR OF JUBILEE

Harvey Brough; The Year of Jubilee, 2016

Winter – VOX HOLLOWAY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Christmas Music through the ages and from around the world, 2016


2015

Spring – ONA’S FLOOD 

Harvey Brough; Ona’s Flood 2ND PERFORMANCE, The City in the Sea PREMIERE

Summer – A TIME TO DANCE AND A TIME TO MOURN

Purcell; Funeral Sentences, My Beloved Spake,  Jehovah quam multi sunt,  Sound the Trumpet.

Harvey Brough; A Fairy Dream,  A Particulare Care

Winter – MUSIC ON THE MIND

Harvey Brough; Music on the Mind PREMIERE


2014

February – Valentine’s Concert

Easter – THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT

Fauré – Requiem NEW ARRANGEMENT, Cantique de Jean Racine. Britten; Rejoice in the Lamb, Harvey Brough – Incantation of Eden PREMIERE

Summer – FROM HARMONY

Handel – Ode for St Cecilia’s Day,Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai,Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music

Winter – FIVE LOVE – 5th Anniversary Concert

Ben Okafor –  Songs in the theme of love PREMIERE, Harvey Brough – Requiem in Blue


2013

Spring  – YEAR OF JUBILEE

Harvey Brough; The Year of Jubilee PREMIERE

Summer – THE PROPHET

Harvey Brough; The Prophet 2nd PERFORMANCE; Adolesce PREMIERE

Winter – SONGS OF EXILE

Clara Sanabras ; Songs Of Exile 2nd PERFORMANCE, Keland, Butcher, Brough; Cry Palestine PREMIERE


2012

Spring – LOST AND FOUND

Handel; Foundling Anthem, Harvey Brough; A Particulare Care PREMIERE; Vivaldi; Gloria.

Sir Richard Cloudesley Memorial Concert,St Mary’s Upper Street Islington July 2012; Handel; Foundling Anthem, Harvey Brough; A Particulare Care

Summer – THECLA

Harvey Brough; Thecla 2nd PERFORMANCE, Linguis PREMIERE

Winter – AT THE TURNING OF THE YEAR

Folk Concert PREMIERE


2011

Spring – VESPERS

Rachmaninov; Vespers

Winter – LAND OF DREAMS

Songs of the Americas, North and South PREMIERE, Ramirez;  Misa Criolla NEW ARRANGEMENT


2010

Easter – REQUIEM IN BLUE

Harvey Brough; Requiem in Blue

Summer- 150 YEARS of SONG

English Choral Music

Winter – CHORUS OF LIGHT

Tavener; ExMaria Virgine , Heat and Light Arrangements PREMIERE


2009

Winter  – THE MESSIAH

Handel; The Messiah