Packed summer programme for Tamworth Voices

Sunday, 1st July 2018

A TAMWORTH community choir is going from strength to strength, with a packed summer of shows; including a performance at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Tamworth Voices choir will be entertaining audiences throughout July, and an additional date at the end of September; with their contemporary musical style including gospel, show-tunes and chart hits which have proven very popular with audiences of all ages.

The choir was set up by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team following a successful taster session in 2011 and performed locally at venues such as the Assembly Rooms and Tamworth Castle Grounds. Demand for this group soon took off and the choir now has more than 70 members, ranging in age from 18 to 75 and over, and performs to large audiences in top venues across the whole of the Midlands area.

Details of their forthcoming performance timetable:

Saturday, July 7 – Family Music & Real Ale Festival 2018 at Elford Hall Gardens.

Tamworth Voices will be performing from 4.30pm.

Gates open on the 2018 Festival at Elford at 12.30pm with music and hot food being available from 1pm onwards. This year tickets will be available on the gate at £6 for adults and £3 for children over 5 years old. The walled garden is a lovely rural setting for this old-style village event and is a great day out for families with plenty of dry areas should the weather prove inclement. 

Sunday, July 8 – Community Spirit at Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Tamworth Voices are delighted to be performing alongside a number of choirs from the West Midlands.  Prepare to be stunned by unforgettable voices and celebrate amazing local talent exploring the theme of Musical Journeys.

‘Community Spirit’ is delivered in partnership with The Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH) Associate Artists, Black Voices.

Tickets start from £8.50, to book follow: www.thsh.co.uk/event/community-spirit-1.

Saturday, July 21 – Tamworth Castle Grounds Bandstand from 1-4pm

Once again, Tamworth Voices choir will be wowing audiences by putting a contemporary twist on the traditional choir and covering a wide range of musical styles. The perfect backdrop to a relaxing afternoon, all free of charge.

Saturday, September 29 –Tamworth Voices join Dan Hadfield as Gary Barlow at Nottingham Albert Hall.

Join a celebration of the music of Gary Barlow and Take That with this ultimate tribute show. Dan Hadfield will perform alongside his live band and special guests Treyc Cohen and Tamworth Voices choir, to give audiences the next best thing to seeing Gary himself.

Dan Hadfield has been hailed the best and most authentic Gary Barlow tribute and has even performed with Gary himself. He tours all over the world with his solo show.

Supporting act Treyc Cohen is a former X Factor finalist from Tamworth who has gone on to perform in London’s West End.

Tickets start from £23.50 and can be booked via: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Jo Sands, a member of Tamworth Voices choir said: “Tamworth Voices has grown from strength to strength since 2012 when we performed at the Olympic Torch Ceremony.

“During the last six years we have performed in France, at the Symphony Hall and at our home venue Tamworth Assembly Rooms. More recently, due to the exciting re-development of the Assembly Rooms, we have been ‘on tour’ at community events and will be returning to the Symphony Hall in July.

“The choir is full of a wonderful range of friendly people who love to come together every Tuesday to sing all types of songs – from classic pop and rock songs to songs from the musicals and choral pieces. Every week our Musical Director Gladstone Wilson (AKA ‘G’) continues to push our choral skills with the development of a wide range of harmonies.

“We are one big singing family and new members are always welcome – you don’t need to be an expert, you just need an enthusiasm and passion for song.”

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Tamworth Voices started with an informal singing taster session organised by our Arts & Events team. We didn’t quite expect how successful this would be; dozens of people turned up and Tamworth Voices was born. Since then, the choir has provided people with opportunities to perform across Tamworth and further afield. It’s great to see it continues to go from strength to strength.

“Tamworth Voices have been working hard to prepare for these shows and it is wonderful that they have the opportunity to perform alongside other leading choirs from across the Midlands and in such great venues as Symphony Hall and  Nottingham Albert Hall; not forgetting returning to our own Tamworth Bandstand.”

Tamworth Voices is always on the lookout for new members. Anyone interested in joining can email tarartsdevelopment@tamworth.gov.uk, or call 01827 709618, for more information.