“One of the most startling British female choirs of our age”
Website last updated: 11 February 2005 – changed pages: Forthcoming
Vivace Singers were created in 1998 by students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an aim to perform accompanied and a cappella music for female voices from the sixteenth century to the present day. Generally comprising an octet the group works as a true ensemble, without musical director. Their membership now encompasses some of the most promising young female singers primarily resident in Wales. All soloists in their own right, many are on professional freelance contracts with the BBC National Chorus of Wales. They are often invited to augment other female and mixed-voice choruses for performances of large-scale works. In this capacity they have performed and recorded under conductors such Richard Hickox, Grant Llewellyn, Tadaaki Otaka and Leonard Slatkin. Future projects include forming the female contingent of a mixed voice choir for the Priory Records premiere recording of Basil Harwood choral music in March 2005.
The singers perform a very broad repertoire of music including sacred, opera, gospel, folksong, cabaret, musical theatre, jazz and pop, drawn from each individual singer’s area of speciality and interest. They also write and arrange their own works, often by request, for broadcasts, concerts, weddings or corporate functions.
They are fast-gaining an international reputation which includes working in collaboration with New York based; award winning composer, Steve Cohen whose work is regularly heard in venues including Carnegie Hall. Vivace Singers will premiere a number of his pieces during 2005.
With extensive appearances in the UK (including Halifax Chamber Music Festival, Warwick University, St David’s Hall in Cardiff and the Wales Millennium Centre lunchtime foyer concert series), the group’s international début came in April 2004 when they represented Great Britain at the America Cantat IV Choral Festival in Mexico City. They have subsequently been specially invited to represent Wales at the 2nd international choral festival of Buenos Aires and the 7th international choral competition and festival of Trelew, Patagonia in September 2005.
Corporate entertainment includes performances for the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, Bosch, Mercedes Benz, Cardiff County Council, Caerphilly Borough Council, Henderson Mark One PR, IKEA and Black Horse Ltd.
The singers have performed on a number of BBC radio and television broadcasts including Sunday Half Hour, Daily Service and Songs of Praise (St David’s Day transmissions in 2001and 2003). They also work in the media music field, most recently recording incidental music by John Hardy for the S4C TV series Fondue, Rhyw a Deinosors (Fondue, Sex and Dinosaurs) broadcast in October 2003.
Their début CD Blue Moon was released in June 2002. Traditional folksongs, breezy jazz and well-known pop-songs from the eighties are given a dynamic new choral twist.
Updated 25 January 2005
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