An evening of three choirs all celebrating the human voice in their own distinct ways.
The night kicks off with the evenings host’s Note-Orious in their sixth appearance at the Dulwich Festival. Note-Orious is a community choir of amateur singers from the East Dulwich area who come from many different walks of life; Nurses to Photo Journalists, Barristers to Trade Union Officials.
Formed in 2008, Note-Orious have gone from strength to strength with a current membership of over 40 people. The choir’s repertoire is selected from song suggested by the members. Their current repertoire includes songs from The Cure, Keane, Mumford and Sons, Bastille, Wheatus, The Buggles, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, ELO, The Kinks, Justin Bieber and David Bowie.
They are a no audition choir; if you would like to join us please check their website for details.
Photograph by: Eric Richardson
Up next are The Barberfellas. A small barbershop chorus – with a twist! – based in London. Formed from members of the Pink Singers, London’s LGBT community choir, who wanted to try music not accessible to the larger choir, the ‘Barbies’ focus on a capella male voice close harmonies – mainly barbershop, but with the occasional foray into pop and modern classical. Since we were formed in 2011 we have gone from strength to strength, performing regularly in our home town of London, as well as across the UK, Ireland, Europe and even as far afield as Taiwan. This summer also sees us singing in Bologna, Seoul, Hong Kong and at the Burning Man Festival for the first time.
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Closing the evening in style will be the award winning Gospel Essence, as seen in the Gareth Malone “Naked Choir” programme, the search for the most entertaining a cappella choir in the country.
Gospel Essence was founded in August 2010 in Romford, Essex. Musical Director, Rebecca Bernice Amissah’s objective is to make the essence of the gospel sound accessible to anyone. “I see it as an exciting challenge to arrange songs that you would not expect to hear arranged in a way that would not sound out of place in a church”. Gospel Essence is able to create a fresh sound as all the singers are from diverse musical disciplines. The fusion of jazz, classical, gospel, rock, soul, contemporary, African and musical theatre are enhanced by Rebecca’s ability to ‘gospelize’ any genre. The effect is a beautiful and exciting choral sound.