I sing with In the Smoke, and we entered the Community Competition for the first time in 2012. Once we saw the buzz that was brewing in the workshops and competitions over the weekend of the final we were immediately eager to become more involved, to lend a hand whatever way we could. We have hosted the Youth Competition twice now which has been great fun but also a bit intimidating for us oldies to see the standard of the school groups!
2. What is your role within the team?
Education Resource Officer. My role is to create resources for young (or old) fledgling groups to get them started. I call on the fantastic groups already associated with the Voice Festival to help me produce demonstrations, rehearsal guide, tips, tricks, and whatever else people need to start singing together.
3. What has been your favourite Voice Festival moment so far?
Selfishly, winning the Ward Swingle Award with a great idea by one of my fellow In the Smoke singers, having rehearsed like crazy for months. Looking forward to my new favourite moment coming from somewhere other than the nervy competition stage.
4. Who is your favourite professional group?
The Swingles are the first answer on most people’s lips, especially as they are so supportive of the Voice Festival, and Pentatonix are entertaining everyone at the moment – particularly with The Wizard Of Aahs (search it if you haven’t seen it yet!) – BUT I’m excited to see how US group Sonos are evolving their sound as ARORA
5. Have you got any secret talent/fact to share with everyone?
I have a great knack for coming up with a cappella dance moves that look great in my imagination but terrible in rehearsal, lucky In the Smoke has other people in charge of choreography…
6. Sum up the Voice Fesitval in 3 words
singing, happy people
7. What do you do outside of the a cappella world?
Head of Music at a NW London Secondary School