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.
Classics from Kurt Weill, Nina Simone, Sheryl Crow, in new settings by Harvey Brough
At St Luke’s, Holloway, on Sunday April 10th
Vox Holloway presents a new oratorio based on the inspiring true story of Anthony Ray Hinton, an innocent man who spent 30 years on Death Row
Music by Harvey Brough, lyrics by Justin Butcher
Sunday 27 February at 7pm, St Luke’s Church, Holloway.
Read the reviews: David Hackbridge Johnson: A Vital Retelling
Ben Leapman, Inside Time: Back in the Sunshine
Sing Christmas with Vox at St Lukes
Freedom Song returns to the Hackney Empire
Return to live performance with Requiem in Blue
Virtual Vox sings Everything Must Change
From Kurt Weill to Johnny Cash and Nina Simone, a concert that struck every chord of our challenging time
Arranged and directed by Harvey Brough
With soloists Christina Gill and Clara Sanabras
Streamed from Friday 26 March to Friday 2 April
Virtual Vox sings Liane Carroll and Edward Elgar
Our first term online featured the inspired pairing of jazz standards and originals by Liane Carroll with Edward Elgar’s song cycle Sea Pictures
Directed by Harvey Brough, with rehearsals led by Christina Gill.
Online concert, Saturday 11 July
Soloists: Liane Carroll, Clara Sanabras, Christina Gill, Harvey Brough
Band: James Maddren, drums; Andy Hamill, bass,
Conducted by Harvey Brough
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
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
Music on the Mind
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
The São Paulo Tapes with Monica Vasconcelos
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.
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.
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.
Winter – THE FAURE REQUIEM
Sunday 25 November, 7.30pm, St Luke’s, Holloway
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
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.
Summer – SAO PAULO TAPES and Bossa Nova, with Monica Vasconcelos
Sunday 15 July, 7.30, St Luke’s, Holloway
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Winter BELLS OF PARADISE Sunday 10th December
A welcome return for our rather fab concert of Christmas music, with special guests and soloists…..
SGT. PEPPER Sunday 1st October –
A performance of the entire album, accompanied by the really rather wonderful Harborough Collective and soloist Jeremy Taylor.
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
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
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
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
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
Spring – VESPERS
Winter – LAND OF DREAMS
Songs of the Americas, North and South PREMIERE, Ramirez; Misa Criolla NEW ARRANGEMENT
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
Winter – THE MESSIAH
Handel; The Messiah