SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT!
Nov 18: Southend Lights Switch On
Southend Vox were so excited to be invited to perform at Winter Pride 2020, at St Marks Hall in Southend. We were welcomed by a riot of colour, rainbows and welcoming smiles. The church was filled with people manning their different types of stalls and visitors wandering around looking and chatting with each other. There was the smell of delicious pizza in the air.
We started our set with Stevie in the 60’s to warm the crowd up. We followed on with Dolly Parton’s classic Jolene, Mirrors by Justin Timberlake and One Night Only from one of our favourite shows Dreamgirls. The audience were dancing and singing in their pews when we sang the mash up of Start Me Up Livin on a Prayer. We loved singing for everyone and are really looking forward to singing at Southend’s Summer Pride in July this year.
The icing on the cake was that our photo was in the local press the following week.
Nov 18: Southend Lights Switch On
Southend Vox were invited to sing at the 2018 Southend Christmas Lights Switch On. We sang on the BBC Essex stage looking towards Southend's famous landmark, the Pier. It was a beautiful, crisp and sunny winters day.
Dressed in Christmas colours, we sang an impromptu warm up around the piano outside Debenhams. Passers-by enjoyed hearing us sing 'Somewhere Only We Know'.
When on stage we sang a Stevie Wonder medley and the classic number ‘Jolene’. We followed this with festive songs to get the crowd into the Christmas spirit.
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.