VF-UK at Ed Fringe: Rachael’s Voices!

8 days to go! 

We hope you’re looking forward to our Fringe Festival workshop and showcase as much as we are. Recently we managed to have a chat with the lovely Rachael, the driving force behind Rachael’s Voices, who we’re delighted to have performing at Greyfriar’s Kirk alongside a whole host of other university groups, as well as those from our youth and community programmes, on the 8th August. 

Tell us a bit about your group. Where are you from? When did you start singing together?

The group used to be a high school choir and I was their teacher. When I moved to a different school we took the choir outside of school. They have been singing together for about 6 years but it used to be very different – a school 2 part harmony choir. We came up to Edinburgh last year and performed in a showcase with All The King’s Men and Sons of Pitches which was fabulous! The girls have had GCSEs and A-Levels this year so have been very busy, but they’re working hard to deliver a great show!

Is this your only appearance at the Fringe, or will you be performing elsewhere? 

We have a show at Symposium Hall 1st-6th at 3:05pm

 


VF-UK at Ed Fringe: The Vocalites!

VocalitesNext up in our series of spotlights on our fabulous Fringe Festival performers is a peek at the ladies four-part community a cappella group The Vocalites. They share some of their favourite moments from the last year and tell us what lies ahead for the rest of 2014!

Remember, the VF-UK workshop and a cappella showcase – featuring the Vocalites and much more – takes place at Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh, on the 8th August, and there’s still time to grab your tickets. Don’t miss out!

Tell us a bit about your group. Where are you from? When did you start singing together?

There are 4 people (of course!) and they have been together for about 4.5 years. They are Alicia Tindal (lead), Juliet Erskine (tenor), Kate McGeoch (baritone) and Jacqui King (bass).

Last year they sang in the Spiegeltent at Edinburgh Literary Festival and in the Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow amongst other venues, and competed in Llandudno and Bangor, N.I. The Vocalites are part of the choir singing for the baton relay celebrations at both Inverary and Dumbarton Castles this month, and have recently won through to the semi finals of this year’s Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) national competition so will be heading down to Harrogate in October for that. They also hope to be in the finals of Scottish Power’s Got Talent, but that has yet to be decided!

Is this your only appearance at the Fringe, or will you be performing elsewhere?

They won’t be appearing anywhere else in Edinburgh, sadly, but are looking forward to their appearance at the VF-UK Edinburgh Fringe Showcase this year. 


VF-UK at Ed Fringe: The Accidentals!

The AccidentalsThe Voice Festival team are buzzing with anticipation for its forthcoming return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer! In order to share some of that excitement with you, we recently hooked up with some of our participating groups to ask them a few questions. First up are the super all-female group The Accidentals

Tell us a bit about your group. Where are you from? When did you start singing together?

We’re The Accidentals from the University of St Andrews. We’re a constantly changing group with new members coming in every year! We keep as much variety in our songs as possible, doing everything from rap to jazz.

Can you give us any hints about what you’ll be singing in the showcase?

We’ll hopefully be singing a mix of our new songs from this year and maybe a sneak preview of some brand new songs arranged especially for the Fringe.

Is this your only appearance at the Fringe, or will you be performing elsewhere?

This is our 3rd Fringe and this year we’re performing at Symposium Hall from the 11th to the 16th at 19:20. We can’t wait for another run!

Remember, it’s not too late to get involved and grab your tickets for our workshop and showcase at the Fringe. Click here for more information and purchasing options.


Meet Vive: Voice Festival UK University Champions 2013

UK Voice Festival champions 2013- ViceIt has only been a week since Vive’s crowning as ‘VF-UK University Champions 2013’, and it has changed our lives.

Looking back to where we began in the basements of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I am proud to be honouring this title with five of the most talented and amicable people I know. In every rehearsal, we always try to push ourselves and cross the comfort line, for better or worse. Our musical ambitions and messages are very personal: we write and sing about motivation, self-acceptance and perseverance, and we use a cappella as our platform to deliver it. Winning has brought us an incredible accolade and we wear it humbly.

Our next steps on the path include recording a second CD, gigging around the UK and touring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. However, above all, I think that we all share a drive to want to change people’s perspectives of what a cappella can be; something that touches people through the evocation of different colours and emotions in the listener, and where the musicality is sovereign. The future is open to us and we hope to keep singing together and writing music that explores new frontiers and that takes a cappella to new audiences.


Voice Festival UK recording partnership with Liquid 5th

Liquid 5th ProductionsThe Voice Festival UK are thrilled to announce that for our 2013 season we will be working in partnership with Liquid 5th, who have generously offered to record, mix and master a free single for the three winning groups from the Voice Festival’s Youth, University and Community competitions!

Liquid 5th, based in the US, provide a cappella services of all kinds – recording, production, editing, mixing and mastering, as well as live sound, arranging and coaching. Like the Voice Festival UK, they recognise and understand the multiple ways in which a cappella singers need support to develop, and we are delighted to be working with them this year.