Voicebeat is a world music community choir based in the West End of Glasgow. Why not sing with us?
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 Kelvinbridge 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. Your first rehearsal is free.
More about Voicebeat here.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
NEWS NEWS NEWS
We are back in the room. In September 2021 we had our first in-person rehearsal for 18 months. If you're new (or lapsed) and would like to come along, please get in touch to find out details, as numbers are currently limited because of social distancing. DO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT WARNING AS WE MAY HAVE TO TURN YOU AWAY!
We are currently offering a "blended" rehearsal with the possibility of joining us on Zoom. Get in touch for details if you might be interested.
From April 2020 to June 2021, all our meetings were on Zoom. So how do you rehearse online, and why would anyone want to come to a Zoom rehearsal, what's the point if you can't hear each other? Are there any advantages over a "normal" rehearsal? In the video on the left, Harry explains how it works and suggests reasons why you should give it a try. In the video on the right, singers discuss the experience of singing online, with all its pros and cons, and what have been the highlights of this extraordinary year.
On 25 January 2021 we celebrated Burns Night online for the first (only?) time in Voicebeat history.
On 14 March 2020 we performed four songs as part of a "Gaelictronica" concert at the CCA in Glasgow, starring Barbara Morgenstern from Berlin. It turned out to be our last live performance before lockdown (and indeed to date). Audio recordings here.
We were excited to perform in the evening concert of Glasgow's first ever SHANTY DAY on 21 September 2019.
On 23 September 2019 we had a workshop from the amazing Swedish a cappella folk group Kongero, followed by a short performance. If you weren't there, you missed a treat! Videos of the performance on YouTube here.
Our (seventh!) annual summer concert at the Kibble Palace was on 23 June 2019. Videos here. Watch this space for the 2020 date...
2017/18 was our 15th anniversary year. We launched our second CD – click here for a little sample track. Downloads are available on Bandcamp.
OTHER SINGING OPPORTUNITIES:
On Wednesdays at 7.30pm, our songleader Harry runs an informal harmony singing group for men, called Voicemale, at Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd, GLASGOW G42 9QU (currently online)
On the South Side, Govanhill Voices meet on Thursday evenings in Daisy Street to sing unaccompanied harmony songs from all sorts of genres.
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 a Third Friday Sing in Edinburgh. (Suspended during the pandemic)
There are now regular singarounds in the West End, run by Martin Graham and others, usually on the second Monday of the month at Dram, but check Facebook for times and details. (Now fortnightly on Zoom)
We have a promotional video! Watch it above, or full size on Vimeo. You can also watch this film of our participation in the project "Sing me a new song" (2014).
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