On Sunday, I stood on a stage with 99 other singers from the Soul of the City choirs. At the Roundhouse. In London. As part of the Voices Now Festival. I keep having to repeat these words to myself. I’m sure they’ll sink in at some time. I’ve sung at the Roundhouse. What a beautiful sentence that is.
Voices Now only managed to record the first part of the first half, (tho I believe that there are full videos to come later) but it ends with our showpiece, “Royals”, which starts about 13 minutes in. The first 5 minutes or so is a piece called Echo Chamber and produced a gorgeous warm yet haunting sound. I love this. I’ve listened to it quite a few times and it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up and tears fall. Stunning. For me it really shows off the magnificence of the human voice. The final soloist is one of our tenors, and his solo is immediately followed by a Vox Pop by the lovely Dene who is one of our Alto 1s. The combination of familiar voices and Dene’s words get to me everytime. Beautiful.
And we had super fun being the backing singers for “Pseudo Yoik” in the second half (about 1 minute in). I’m not going to lie, it was a challenge – and we only had about seven lines to learn and perform - the amazing Roundhouse Choir did the majority of it. But wow was it fun, and I happen to think the sheer volume of our stamping and “Hai nan na-m noh”ing adds a certain something to the performance!
The final two songs of this show featured all the choirs. So if you keep watching the video, you can see us performing “Plastic” and “I got Gold” as well.
What a day. What an incredible day.