A fun LVP Christmas track to end the year with. On contrast to the epic undertaking of the last video, this one was put together in just a few days, recorded from home and speedily edited by Brendan Dowse. Hope it brings you some Christmas cheer.
Next Monday, 21st December, London Vocal Project are hosting a Christmas live stream event. We’ll be playing videos from past live performances of our Christmas repertoire, interspersed with live chat amongst members of the choir. It should be fun and festive! Tune in live or watch back at: https://fb.me/e/3jl7TsyQM
Here’s a brand new video from London Vocal Project, of which we’re really proud. The music is Pete Churchill’s reinvention of the classic carol ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’, given new meaning for modern times, and is a song of struggle, freedom and hope. As such, we decided to launch it today, which is United Nations Human Rights Day. We’re also asking people to donate to our Amnesty International fundraiser here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/london-vocal-project
The track features LVP soloists Hannah Berry and Ayesha Pike, as well as instrumental contributions from friends across the London scene. This project grew and grew, so we now have a rhythms section (including fantastic guitarist Femi Temowo), horn section, and huge string section. This was a massive undertaking! All the parts were recorded remotely from home during lockdown, and then put together by Brendan Dowse (audio) and Ivan Teage (video), all overseen by Katie Teage (producer). We’re delighted with the outcome and happy to be sharing it at this time.
I’ve been singing this song with LVP for more than a decade, and still find it capable of being moving, inspiring, and bringing solace. Hopefully this video will do the same for others.
Performances sadly cancelled due to Covid-19:
March 29th – London Vocal Project @ Pizza Express, Soho
March 29th – Roda de choro @ The Harrison, Kings Cross
April 3rd – Alvorada @ The Post, Seven Sisters
April 9th – Alvorada @ Future Inn, Bristol
April 10th – Alvorada @ Royal Festival Hall Central Bar, Southbank
May 19th – Alvorada & Luciana Rabello @ Pizza Express, Holborn
June 7th – Alvorada @ Florence Works, Islington
June 12th – Alvorada @ Fleece Jazz, Colchester
August 7th-31st – Showstopper @ Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Festival
August 12th – Alvorada @ Lake District Summer Music International Festival
August 13th – Alvorada @ The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell
September 6th – Alvorada @ London Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House, Camden
My last gig of the year was one to remember, with London Vocal Project at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. We performed a mixture of our re-worked Christmas classics, many which are staples of our repertoire for this time of year, alongside some brand new material, which is the basis for our newest project – the James Taylor Songbook. Some brilliant arrangements by director Pete Churchill as well as other members of the choir.
We’d been working towards this show for a few months (actually two shows – we did an early and a late show on the same night, to two sold out crowds), and it was great to get this music out there. I’ve been part of LVP since it began eleven years ago, and this night ranks among the most memorable I’ve enjoyed with this special community.
The good news is we’ll have an ongoing residency at Pizza Express in 2020, so look out for more dates!
A few years ago, we filmed some of our Christmas repertoire. Here’s our version of ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’. You can find more Christmas videos on LVP’s Youtube channel.