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Our Next Concert.........

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By Southend Vox Choir Member, Aug 23 2017 01:08PM

Southend Vox entertained with a fun-packed afternoon of songs at one of our favourite venues, The Bandstand at Priory Park in Southend-on-Sea, on Sunday 25th June 2017.


Old favourites along with our new exciting repertoire echoed around the park, while an audience of all generations relaxed with picnic blankets and deck chairs under shady tress. The sun shone creating a perfect summer's afternoon for the free concert, as the crowds enjoyed songs new and old, led by our fantastic and dedicated new musical director Katie McEwan.


Soloists Sharyn, Jenny and Mel performed beautifully and entertained brilliantly with a variety of different songs, along with duets from Sarah-Jane and Liz, Jenny and Hannah and Elanor and Kerry, and a small ensemble of Jan W, Dawn, Gemma, Tina, Elanor and Mel.


Jo Human, our new musical director for Southend Vox Chamber Choir, brilliantly conducted the smaller group through Rumour Has It, God Only Knows and Come Rain or Come Shine.


A thoroughly good time was had by all and enjoyable memories made and shared by everyone. A date in the diary for next year is a definite must.

By Southend Vox Choir Member, Jun 30 2017 04:40PM

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, in a rather luxurious location with Rolls Royces and a helicopter on the golf course (all belonging to David Gold, the West Ham FC owner), Southend Vox sang and danced.


We started with Gloria Estefan's Conga Rhythm, wih an energetic latin dance which got everyone's attention, followed by Jessi J's Price Tag. We also performed more emotional and atmospheric songs including California Dreaming, Photograph and Emeli Sande's Heaven, expertly conducted by our Musical Director Katie McEwan to accentuate the dynamics and emotive lyrics. Pharrell William's Happy got everybody smiling and in a summer mood, before we finished with a rousing dance for Proud Mary.


The audience seemed to love them all and we received many compliemnts as we mixed with the crowd on this lovely afternoon. The organiser told us "the crowd loved you", and complimented our professional approach, excellent intonation and beautfiul and powerful harmonies.

By Southend Vox Choir Member, Jan 10 2017 11:48PM

Southend Vox Chamber Choir was invited to put on a concert at All Saint's Church, Messing in April 2016. Two of Southend Vox's members got married at the church in 2015 and so it was lovely for the choir to perform at such a special venue and contribute to raising money for much-needed repairs to this beautiful church, which was originally built entirely of rubble that was taken from a nearby Roman villa. The local parishioners were delighted with the choir and said that we brought All Saint's to life with music!

By Southend Vox Choir Member, Oct 16 2016 03:00PM

It was a crisp Autumn Sunday afternoon in October when the choir travelled to St George’s Church, Great Bromley. It was our first visit to this church and with this concert they were hoping to raise some money towards their church funds. This lovely church (some of which dates back to the 14th Century) was not designed to have 35 choir members and a piano on the apse! However we did not mind the club I see quarters.


The audience was very appreciative of the programme which began with an energetic ‘One Night Only’, they were then taken through a range of emotions with ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ and a beautiful ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ solo by Dina causing a teary eye or two. The first half finished with the Jersey Boys Medley which many of the audience were able to sing along to.


During the interval the ladies of the Parish fed and watered us all with a lovely selection of sandwiches and cakes so we were able to start the second half with a spirited ‘Let the River Run’, a choir favourite ‘Empire State of Mind’ and an eclectic Chamber Choir Set which included ‘Dry Bones’ and ‘Rumour Has It’. The final song was a rousing ‘One Day More!’ which was enjoyed by all and rounded off a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

EM

By Southend Vox Choir Member, Jul 10 2016 06:00PM

One of the highlights of our year was when a group of us performed at the iconic Royal Albert Hall with The Really Big Chorus. This was the third time that members of our choir have taken part in this Singday event, and this year was by far the best. We were already excited to be singing Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, and then we learnt that we would be singing under the baton of one of our favourite composers, Bob Chilcott, and that we would be accompanied by the English Festival Orchestra. Could it get any better than this? Well yes, it could. There were three amazing soloists performing – soprano Lucy Hall (how did she hit that top D?) tenor Neil Jenkins and baritone Jake Muffet.


What an amazing day. Even our lunch, eaten in glorious sunshine sitting on the steps of Hyde Park’s Albert Memorial, and our evening meal in the Albert Hall’s Verdi Restaurant (serving the best tiramisu I’ve ever tasted) added to the experience. Good music, good food and great company. Memories to last a lifetime.

JW

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