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January 15, 2010

The London A Cappella Festival

London's diverse a cappella community come together under one roof to celebrate the unaccompanied human voice. Curated by the world-famous 5-time Grammy-winning vocal group the Swingle Singers, the inaugural London A Cappella Festival at London's Kings Place showcases some of the best of the UK's choral, jazz, contemporary, and gospel ensembles, including special guests, with music ranging from sacred Renaissance polyphony to crowd-pleasing pop and blistering beatbox.

In addition to the Swingle Singers, acts include internationally-acclaimed gospel stars London Adventist Chorale (Sainsbury Choir of the Year; BBC Gem Best Choir award), Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Stile Antico, and hot young pop/jazz group VOCES8, as well as many other groups from the huge local a cappella community.

Free foyer performances and afternoon workshops will also help to capture the imagination of people young and old, in various spaces within Kings Place. Education for the masses will be an integral part of the festival's commitments; whether the festival-goers are experienced singers or only have experience of singing in the shower, the opportunities for sharing and learning at the London A Cappella Festival will be limitless.

"Something very special happens when singers come together to share their ideas, talents, and love of the art form", says Kevin Fox, bass and vocal-percussionist of the Swingle Singers. "What's really exciting for us is that not only do we get to share the stage with a wonderful and diverse line-up of talent, but that Londoners young and old will get to experience what will undoubtedly be a truly electric atmosphere. The Swingle Singers are proud to be there at the inception, and look forward to the festival's long and prosperous future!"

Posted by acapnews at January 15, 2010 12:03 AM

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