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July 18: Southend Pride
We were so excited when we were invited to perform at the fabulous Southend Pride event. The music and dance programme was filled with amazingly talented performers, and to be numbered amongst them was a great honour.
This community and friendly family event was a glorious riot of colour, music and dancing that was very much enjoyed by both us and the large audience, who sang and danced along as we performed - even the police officers joined in! Our renditions of 'Jolene' (the Dolly Parton/Pentatonix version) and 'One Night Only' were very well received.
Such a wonderful day fuelled with sunshine, smiles, happiness and music - who could ask for more? We're all looking forward to next year's Pride event.
July 18: Priory Park Bandstand, Southend
Southend Vox sang at the Bandstand in Priory Park on Saturday 14th July. It was a glorious afternoon with the sun shining brightly. Our audience were sitting on blankets and on deckchairs enjoying their Prosecco, whilst listening to our varied set of songs.
We sang a number of songs from musicals, including a fantastic medley from 'Kinky Boots', some older classics such as 'Jolene' and 'Walking in Memphis', with an energetic 'Uptown Funk' to finish.
We really love singing at the Bandstand and hope to be back again next summer.
March 18: Spring it on at Crowstone St. Georges URC
It was lovely to be invited to sing at our old haunt, Crowstone United Reform Church (now renamed St. Georges) with our concert 'Spring it On'. The weather was considerably better than it had been for a while, which meant that we were able to sing to a large audience. The recent spate of unseasonal snowy, wintry weather conditions had made this an interesting term. On one occasion the weather had been so bad our rehearsal had to be cancelled. Not to be thwarted by a spot of snow, our ever resourceful MD organised a Facebook live streaming session so that we could rehearse in the comfort and warmth of our own homes. Excellent stuff!
We began our concert by singing a Stevie Wonder medley as we walked on stage. Our other songs included our dance numbers 'Uptown Funk' and 'One Night Only', pop classics such as 'California Dreaming', show songs including '42nd Street' and more recent pop songs like Coldplay's 'Viva la Vida' and Ed Sheeran's 'Photograph'. We do like to sing an eclectic mix of songs! Our Chamber choir performed too and included Adele's 'Rumour Has It' and Eva Cassidy's 'Songbird' in their repertoire.
All in all a very successful concert that helped the church raise money for much needed repairs.
Oct 17: Music Man at the London Palladium
Members of Southend Vox were very honoured to join The Music Man Project at The London Palladium on Sunday 15th October. The Music Man Project is a music school for children and adults with learning disabilities. We sang fun, joyful, thought provoking and very moving pieces of music written by David Stanley and Jenny Hitchcock. The packed audience were taken on a rollercoaster journey that made them both laugh and cry.
The Countess of Wessex also watched the performance and the BBC filmed some of the show, parts of which were shown on television the following day. It was such an amazing, incredible and inspirational show to take part in. But of course the real stars of the show were the Music Man students, who were all superb.
If you missed it or just want to listen again, you can order a DVD, a CD, a songbook to recreate the magic at home and a lovely soft russian bear along with lots of lovely other things at the Music Man Project's website: http://themusicmanproject.com/shop/ We're now planning ahead for the huge spectacular that will be The Music Man Project at the Royal Albert Hall on 15th April 2019 - see you there!
June 17: Music in the Park, Southend-on-Sea
Southend Vox entertained with a fun-packed afternoon of songs at one of our favourite venues, The Bandstand at Priory Park in Southend-on-Sea, on Sunday 25th June 2017.
Old favourites along with our new exciting repertoire echoed around the park, while an audience of all generations relaxed with picnic blankets and deck chairs under shady tress. The sun shone creating a perfect summer's afternoon for the free concert, as the crowds enjoyed songs new and old, led by our fantastic and dedicated new musical director Katie McEwan.
Soloists Sharyn, Jenny and Mel performed beautifully and entertained brilliantly with a variety of different songs, along with duets from Sarah-Jane and Liz, Jenny and Hannah and Elanor and Kerry, and a small ensemble of Jan W, Dawn, Gemma, Tina, Elanor and Mel.
Jo Human, our new musical director for Southend Vox Chamber Choir, brilliantly conducted the smaller group through Rumour Has It, God Only Knows and Come Rain or Come Shine.
A thoroughly good time was had by all and enjoyable memories made and shared by everyone. A date in the diary for next year is a definite must.
April 17: David Gold's Garden Open Day, Surrey
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, in a rather luxurious location with Rolls Royces and a helicopter on the golf course (all belonging to David Gold, the West Ham FC owner), Southend Vox sang and danced.
We started with Gloria Estefan's Conga Rhythm, wih an energetic latin dance which got everyone's attention, followed by Jessi J's Price Tag. We also performed more emotional and atmospheric songs including California Dreaming, Photograph and Emeli Sande's Heaven, expertly conducted by our Musical Director Katie McEwan to accentuate the dynamics and emotive lyrics. Pharrell William's Happy got everybody smiling and in a summer mood, before we finished with a rousing dance for Proud Mary.
The audience seemed to love them all and we received many compliemnts as we mixed with the crowd on this lovely afternoon. The organiser told us "the crowd loved you", and complimented our professional approach, excellent intonation and beautfiul and powerful harmonies.