Voicebeat is a multicultural singing group, or world music community choir, based in the West End of Glasgow.
We sing songs from around the world in easy unaccompanied harmony, often in foreign languages, in an informal, lively, supportive atmosphere. Whatever your background and experience, you are welcome at Voicebeat. There’s no audition and you don't need to be able to read music, as the songs are taught by ear. We meet in Partick on Mondays at 7pm (see Rehearsals) and give regular performances. Anyone is welcome to just turn up at any point, but it's a good idea to check the rehearsal schedule first.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter (see panel right).
What they said…
Friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Nice folk to meet up with. Relaxed and non-intimidating environment. I felt welcomed and able to just do my best – a pressure-free choir with no audition is brilliant. Diverse, regular gigs. Interesting range of music. I feel more confident about my singing. Fun, informative and entertaining. Good variety of songs. Lots of social activities. Inclusive, fun, easy-going and challenging – a great balance. I love the openness and inclusivity of Voicebeat. Voicebeat made a very big difference in my life and helped me lots during a very hard time. Makes you happy, leave your worries behind! Friendship, fun and fine songs. Banana bread!
On 24 July we will be singing at the Kelvingrove Bandstand as the culmination of a songwriting project led by Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings. Some new songs, some VB favourites.
Our annual SUMMER CONCERT was on Saturday 13 June 2015 at the Kibble Palace (Botanic Gardens) in the West End Festival and Refugee Week. Pictures and video will soon be available. We raised a goodly sum for Positive Action in Housing, which works for affordable, safe homes free from discrimination, harassment and violence.
On Friday 5 June we sang at Pacific Quay as part of the BBC Music Day, a set of our own songs at 6pm followed by an appearance on The One Show. Details and One Show recording here.
On 2 January we were interviewed on Celtic Music Radio during Celtic Connections 2015. Also, a group of us were on another Celtic Music Radio show, "Ceol 's Craic", on 9 March at 6pm. You can hear it at http://podcast.canstream.co.uk/celticmusic/index.php?id=15226
On 9 December we were the guests of the Glasgow-wide community choir Soundroutes at their Christmas concert. Photos here. Videos on our YouTube channel.
Watch this space or join our email list to stay in touch with what's going on. We now have a Facebook page at facebook.com/VoicebeatGlasgow. Please like us and spread the word about our events. For more about our performances, past and future, click here.
OTHER SINGING OPPORTUNITIES:
On Tuesdays at 7.30pm, Harry our songleader is running drop-in sessions on harmony singing for men: "VoiceMale", at Finn's Place (Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd G42 9QU). £3/session. No music-reading involved.
Every first Friday of the month, you can sing shapenote ("Sacred Harp") music at an informal gathering known as the First Friday Sing run by Shapenote Scotland.
On the South Side, Govanhill Voices meet on Thursday evenings in Daisy St to sing unaccompanied harmony songs from around the world. Their website is at http://govanhillvoices.weebly.com.