Voicebeat is a multi-cultural 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 email@example.com. 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!
Coming up soon, we have performances at Strathyre Music Festival (29 May) and "Voice @ The Bandstand" at Kelvingrove Bandstand, and our own summer concert on 18 June. Details on the "Events" page.
Bash Khan's film of the Kelvingrove Bandstand songwriting project, Sing me a New Song, led by Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings over the summer of 2015, is available online here. We sang two of the songs at a screening of the film on 30 April, hosted by WAVEParticle and the Radical Film Network at the Gorbals/Laurieston Arches.
Our annual Summer Concert was on Saturday 13 June 2015 at the Kibble Palace (Botanic Gardens) in the West End Festival. We raised a goodly sum for Positive Action in Housing, which works for affordable, safe homes free from discrimination, harassment and violence. The 2016 date is confirmed as Saturday 18 June.
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 7.45pm, 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). £4/session. No music-reading involved.
Every first Friday of the month, you can sing shapenote ("Sacred Harp") music in Glasgow at an informal gathering known as the First Friday Sing, run by Shapenote Scotland. There is also now a Third Friday Sing in Edinburgh.
On the South Side, Govanhill Voices meet on Thursday evenings in Daisy St to sing unaccompanied harmony songs from around the world.