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UK Choir Festival bookings now open
The ever dynamic Russell Scott has released the next set of dates for his popular UK Choir Festivals. Dates for September and October will be on sale from 10am on March 8th. Further information at www.ukchoirfestival.com .
UK Choir Festival bookings now open
Kevin Fox to leave the Swingles
We're sorry to learn that the extraordinary Canadian singer, beatboxer (and former archaeologist) Kevin Fox is to leave the Swingles at the end of the Summer 2019. His talent and contribution to the UK a cappella scene have been immense over the past decade and many of us have thoroughly enjoyed his workshops and tutorials. We wish him all the best with his new start. Note: if you think you could replace Kevin let the Swingles know at www.theswingles.co.uk/auditions by Sunday 28th April 2019. You'll need to be comfortable singing from a low D (D2) up to a high F (F4) in chest or head voice. You should also be an experienced vocal percussionist (and happy to step into some pretty big shoes).
Kevin Fox to leave the Swingles
2019 A Cappella Music Awards - nominations announced
The world's most glitzy a cappella awards are coming round once again. The second worldwide a cappella music awards will be at the end of May in Nashville. Many congratulations to Oxford's Out of the Blue , OOTB beatboxer Ben Morris (aka Drive), Vadé 's bass and co-founder Joshua Hammersley Jr , The Kings Singers and Bristol's TUBBS A Cappella for all being nominated for various awards. Out of the Blue in particular will be hoping for a repeat of last year's success when Sam Harris was annointed " Male Vocalist of the Year ". We wish all the best to all those nominated.
2019 A Cappella Music Awards - nominations announced
S.I.N.G. recruiting men in Purley
South London's Community Choir S.I.N.G. is recruiting men ready for their new term which begins on April 25th. If you live in the South London area and fancy joining a really friendly group of singers give Johanna an email at s.i.n.g.purley@gmail.com .
S.I.N.G. recruiting men in Purley
Harmony College Prospectus released
The British Association of Barbershop Singers runs a residential educational event each year and this time it's at Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham from 23rd - 25th August 2019. There are lots of excellent coaching and learning opportunities - particularly if you are interested in learning to sing in the barbershop style - and the educators are really top notch. Even if you don't think you're a barbershop fan go along for: the chorus directing stream the chance to sing " Defying Gravity " with the ladies chorus one-to-one vocal coaching and lots more. The full prospectus can be found here .
Harmony College Prospectus released

Some favourite videos

Sons of Pitches - History of Childen's TV 6:34
The Swingles - Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac a cappella cover) 3:09
In the Smoke - 58 Song Disney Mash-up 3:36
Kitsch in Sync - Tainted Love 2:50
Academix - Live at the Brandenburg 5:15
Sing a Cappella! - Ben Parry / Garth Bardsley 2:36