Vocal Blog::The 7 London A Cappella Festival Rules

by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog founder Germany loves rules and regulations. That’s how we build these machines and cars that the rest of the world still pays lots of money for. So it’s been long overdue to write a listicle listing the rules that you should follow to fully and very efficiently enjoy the first

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VF-UK::Meet Jes

Jes Sadler is an educator, singer and vocal percussionist from London, UK. He’s also one of our wonderful Patrons.

Jes spent nine years touring with a cappella group The Swingle Singers as Baritone and Vocal Percussionist, giving concerts in many of the world’s top venues, recording seven albums and serving as the group’s Technical

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VF-UK::The Voice Festival Emerging Leaders Programme

Exciting new opportunity for the new year!

We are offering a brand new 6-month scheme for vocal workshop leaders in the early stages of their career to receive training from the Voice Festival.

Those that are selected for the programme will receive the title ‘Voice Festival Emerging Leader’ and will be given support, feedback, professional mentoring,

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VF-UK::All the King’s Men get stuck into a cappella education

B2K3oWcCUAAnWq7 On Tuesday 11th November All the King’s Men journeyed to the Glyn School, in Surrey, to run a series of a cappella workshops across a range of age groups, including one made up exclusively of GCSE and

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Vocal Blog::Join The London A Cappella Vocal Jog 2015

by Florian Städtler, Vocal Jog evangelist Those of you who are new to Vocal Blog or have not been to an international a cappella festival (yet) might think it’s a typo. No, it isn’t: Besides the Vocal Blog (your favourite online vocal music magazine) there is the Vocal JOG. What the FORK is this? It

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The Magnets::China…Wow

China…Wow! In August we had the pleasure of touring China for the first time thanks to our friends at Brilliant Hero Culture in Shanghai. As a group none of us had ever been to China before so we didn’t really know what to expect from our first trip. Three weeks, 8 flights, 2 trains, 7

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LACF::NEWSFLASH LACFextra - foyer showcases announced

NEWSFLASH!: LACFextra - foyer showcases

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The Magnets::2015 Australia…we’re coming back

Australia…we’re coming for you!! We’re delighted to announce that we’re heading back to Australia for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival. You’ll find us in familiar surroundings at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights from Feb 13th until March 15th. Along with bringing a brand new show we’re going to be releasing our new album to coincide

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Vocal Blog::Acappellazone Album Pick 1/2015 Jazzchor Freiburg “Schwing”

by Charlotte Kersting The Jazzchor Freiburg has given concerts in Germany, Japan and Russia, and other countries. It has won choir contests and has been on stage together with Bobby McFerrin, the Swingle Singers or the Bamberg Philharmonics. The year 2014 started in Guanzhou, China, with a spectacular New Year’s concert. In-between, the choir gave

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VF-UK::Bristol Regional Festival – meet workshop leader Paul Davies

pdWith only a few days to go until our Bristol Regional Festival, we took a few moments to get to know our leader for the afternoon workshop, Paul Davies. We’re delighted to have him on board and can’t wait to see him work

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VF-UK::The VF-UK Bristol Regional Festival – by a Bristol Suspension

This is a guest post from Joe Pickin, member of the brand new Bristol-based group The Bristol Suspensions. The group recently enjoyed their first ever concert as part of the Voice Festival’s Bristol Regional Festival, and Joe here tells us a little bit about what the group learnt on the day.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend The Voice Festival’s Bristol Regional Festival on

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The Refrains are auditioning

London based a cappella group The Refrains are looking for new members.  We love the Refrains in Sing a Cappella! and this is a great opportunity for competant singers/beatboxers. 

This information is from their Facebook page:

Do you regularly blast off a killer rendition of The One And Only in the shower? Have you always secretly imagined yourself on the X Factor? Got the voice, but not the stage? Or did you used to sing regularly and you don't know where you are without it?

Well then, The Refrains want YOU...

(Or do you know anyone like this? Then the Refrains want THEM! So please spread the link far and wide...)

THE REFRAINS EH? WHO ARE YOU THEN?

The Refrains are an award-winning mixed a cappella group (that's unaccompanied singing) of mainly twenty-somethings, based in London. Founded in 2011 by singers and beatboxers from the likes of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, Last Choir Standing and Britain's Got Talent favourites Out of the Blue, we have a combined total of over 70 years a cappella experience - although we also have members who are new to a cappella.

"A group so often spotlighted as 'one to watch' they're probably bored of it by now" - Sing A Cappella

"That's how you do it" - Clare Wheeler, Swingle Singers

We perform in London and elsewhere at a variety of public and private gigs, weddings, functions and at our own sold-out concerts. Our repertoire covers pop, rock, jazz, classical, original compositions and everything in between, and we arrange much of our own music (so what we sing and where is up to us). Check out the below for more info:

http://www.therefrains.com/
http://www.facebook.com/therefrains
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRefrains
https://twitter.com/therefrains

The Refrains rehearse once a week, on Wednesday evenings, in Kings Cross, with extra rehearsals in the run up to big gigs. And we like a beer after - it's a social thing too!

YOU HAD ME AT BEER... SO WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

- Both male and female singers to join our mixed group.

- People with a good level of musicality. You may have done a lot of singing before (our backgrounds cover choral, musical theatre, opera and even rock bands). Or perhaps you've always hidden your light under an only-at-karaoke bushel. EXPERIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED (just willingness to have a go!). But either way you'll have a great ear and be able to pick music up quickly.

- Along with that, decent sightreading skills. And you'll be ok with holding your own in complex harmony, as the arrangements we learn are intricate and can often be one-to-a-part.

- Willingness to rock out on stage and have a lot of fun performing. The Refrains aren't just about standing there and singing. This is where vocal agility and performance collide!

- Commitment to weekly rehearsals. This isn't a choir, it's a singing group where every voice really matters, so we want you there!

- If you're interested in beatboxing and/or having a go at arranging music, that's a bonus!

I'M SOLD! HOW DO I SIGN UP?

First auditions will be held from 6.30pm on Thur 20th and Sunday 23rd Nov in Kings Cross, with callbacks on Wed 26th. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred date for an audition slot.

BUT I DON'T LIKE AUDITIONS... SHOULD I BE AFRAID?!

No! We are really chilled. And we know auditions aren't fun, we hate auditioning ourselves! The auditions will involve a quick warm up, singing a prepared song so we can hear you sing something you know well confidently; a very short piece of sight-singing; and an opportunity to sing with the group so we can hear you blend and respond.

Your first audition will probably just be to a couple of Refrains and we promise to make it as quick and painless as possible. You've got nothing to lose!

DON'T GO! I'VE GOT A QUESTION!

Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get back to you

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