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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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 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).