‘BLACK VOICES’ ACAPPELLA QUINTET- AT THE GUILDHALL THEATER: In-Person show with Livestream and catch up options. Sat 4.15-5.30pm, 13th Aug
THE VOICES: Carol Pemberton (MD), Shereece Storrod (Artistic Director), Sandra Francis, Beverley Robinson, , Cecelia Wickham-Anderson
‘Understated yet elegant, the Black Voices sing with polish and expertise.‘ Jazz Café Review 2022
The UK’s Leading Female A cappella Quintet was formed in 1987 by its Music Director Carol Pemberton MBE, Black Voices has gained a reputation as one of Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet. From their home base, Grosvenor Road Studios – Birmingham’s oldest recording studio, Black Voices has touched the world. They have performed in every continent and before royalty, presidents, sharing the stage with some of the ‘Greats in Music’ including many of their idols, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Hugh Masekela, Wynton Marsalis and Miriam Makeba to name just a few! Five women, five pure, vibrant voices singing of joy, hope, fears and sorrows with the emotion and generosity of their hearts. Born in the great vocal tradition of gospel, they take us on a journey amidst the immortal titles and standards of blues, jazz and soul. They remind us that music is both a unique and universal gift, a shared wealth. They have wowed audiences globally with their singing and performances in the black oral tradition – an early music form that is based on the ancient folklore and storytelling of Africa and the Diaspora which has impacted all music genres from the early spirituals, blues and jazz.
Black Voices has developed her own unique sound and repertoire embracing spirituals, traditional African, Caribbean and English folk songs, jazz, gospel, pop and reggae as well as a fusion of contemporary and classical styles that have earned them worldwide recognition as an outstanding all-female vocal ensemble.
What they say: “Spine-tingling vocal performances and esteemed, expert musicianship” Albert Hall Reviews 2022
“They feature deep rhythmic bass lines, sung like a bass string, above the rhythm, the voices swap roles and show an impressive range” (London Jazz News 2019)
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