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  • John Neal
    For Immediate Release New A Cappella Festival launches at Kings Place London A Cappella Festival 13-16 January 2010 London’s diverse a cappella
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 23, 2009
      For Immediate Release

      New A Cappella Festival launches at Kings Place

      London A Cappella Festival 13-16 January 2010

      London’s diverse a cappella community come together under one roof to celebrate the unaccompanied human voice. Curated by the world-famous 5-time Grammy-winning vocal group the Swingle Singers, the inaugural London A Cappella Festival at London’s Kings Place showcases some of the best of the UK’s choral, jazz, contemporary, and gospel ensembles, including special guests, with music ranging from sacred Renaissance polyphony to crowd-pleasing pop and blistering beatbox.

      In addition to the Swingle Singers, acts include internationally-acclaimed gospel stars London Adventist Chorale (Sainsbury Choir of the Year; BBC Gem Best Choir award), Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Stile Antico, and hot young pop/jazz group VOCES8, as well as many other groups from the huge local a cappella community.

      Free foyer performances and afternoon workshops will also help to capture the imagination of people young and old, in various spaces within Kings Place. Education for the masses will be an integral part of the festival’s commitments; whether the festival-goers are experienced singers or only have experience of singing in the shower, the opportunities for sharing and learning at the London A Cappella Festival will be limitless.

      “Something very special happens when singers come together to share their ideas, talents, and love of the art form”, says Kevin Fox, bass and vocal-percussionist of the Swingle Singers. “What's really exciting for us is that not only do we get to share the stage with a wonderful and diverse line-up of talent, but that Londoners young and old will get to experience what will undoubtedly be a truly electric atmosphere. The Swingle Singers are proud to be there at the inception, and look forward to the festival's long and prosperous future!”

      Festival dates:
      13th January: Swingle Singers <http://www.swinglesingers.com/> , presenting their new show ‘Ferris Wheels’

      14th January: Stile Antico <http://www.stileantico.co.uk/> , ‘In Paradisum’ â€" CD launch concert

      15th January: Out of the Blue <http://ootb.org.uk/ootb/> â€" Oxford’s award-winning a cappella college champions, VOCES8 <http://www.voces8.com/> , with jazz and popular classics

      16th January: Free foyer performances from rising stars The Oxford Gargoyles, In The Smoke, plus others tba.

      Afternoon workshops led by VOCES8 and the Swingle Singers, for singers of all ages and abilities.
      Swingle Singers plus London Adventist Chorale <http://www.londonadventistchorale.com/> â€" the Swingle Singers Go Gospel! in a brand new collaboration between these two extraordinary groups

      Holly Skelton
      Administrator, the swingle singers

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