One of London’s most up-and-coming choirs is breathing new life into group singing. Gone are the days of warbley, church choral societies; this choir aims to be modern and on-trend, reaching out to new, younger audiences with a fresh and forward-thinking approach. London Contemporary Voices (LCV) have already supported a popular Grammy-award winner at the Royal Albert Hall.
“When people think of choirs, they think of a gaggle of silver-haired sixty-somethings straining their way through the Hallelujah Chorus. We think it’s time to give group singing a new image – one that isn’t aloof or evangelical – and one that shows an openness to engage with the other world-class arts that can be found in our city.”
Anil Kamalagharan, Chair and Co-Founder
LCV originally formed as a scratch choir to support Grammy-award winning artist Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2010. Alongside the mighty Docklands Sinfonia, the new choir performed ‘Love The Earth’; a work celebrating the planet, written and conducted by Imogen Heap herself. The concert was recorded for release on DVD and streamed live on the internet to an audience of almost half a million.
LCV believe it is their unique vision and friendly, outgoing attitude that is already helping them to stand out from other choirs in the capital. With further concerts scheduled for April and July, the choir is looking to attract excellent singers who want to do something a bit different; play festivals, support other artists and bands, and generally bring choral music to the masses.
“We all know that a single human voice can do so much and can be used in the most extraordinary ways. Think then, what you can do with a group of voices! When that energy is harnessed, the results can be awe-inspiring! Choral music is dynamic; it’s exciting, it’s uplifting, it’s moving… both to listen to, and to perform… We want to share that. Why shouldn’t choral music be part of the mainstream?”
John Vallance, Conductor
Click here to visit their website.