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Vox Populi performing Old & Strong

Vox Populi, A Community Singing Group.


2017. What a success the joint venture with Stretton Community Singers was. The two groups blended together and performed to a packed village hall at All Stretton in Shropshire on the 7th May 2017. The weather was perfect and the audience very responsive. What's not to like. Whilst the two groups will continue in their own different ways there is definitely scope for more collaboration in the future. That can only be good for both groups.



2017. After a 'challenging' end to 2016, we are putting the Thirties project on hold. The good news is that we are performing our WW1 concert in collaboration with the Stretton Community Singers, based in Shropshire. They are a newish group, that Kate, our artistic director has formed. It gives us a chance to perform the concert again and for them to get experience of a full concert. We are rehearsing separateley but will have two joint rehearsals nearer the concert date. That should be a good challenge for Kate.



2016. After the success of the WW1 concerts we are now turning our attention to a concert set in Birmingham in the Thirties. It is early days, collecting material, choosing a setting, building a story, defining characters etc. If you are interested in joining the group, the start of a new project is always a good time. Our philosphy is everyone can sing so no audtions required.



2015 July. Three WW1 concerts performed. This was a new venture for us as it told a story, in song and words, of a young tommy George Perks during WW1. The ending, there were three possibles, isn't known until the end and the audience makes a random choice as to what happens to 'our George'.

We had a great time and audience responses were very positive. Healthy numbers in the audience and they outnumbered us, which always a good sign. Initial feedback suggest that this performance should be kept and rolled out again in the Autumm, near Remembrance Day, in another part of the city.

2015 July. Three WW1 concerts performed. This was a new venture for us as it told a story, in song and words, of a young tommy George Perks during WW1. The ending, there were three possibles, isn't known until the end and the audience make a random choice as to what happens to 'our George'.

We had a great time and audience responses were very positive. Healthy numbers in the audience and they outnumbered us, which always a good sign. Initial feedback suggest that this performance should be kept and rolled out again in the Autumm, near Remembrance Day, in another part of the city.

We are now in our summer break, resuming early in September. We are looking to have a summer get together to discuss how it all went and start our plans for the next season.



2015 April. AT LAST! Vox Populi doing what it does best. Back on stage performing. Our World War One concert has finally come together after months of hard work. We have trialled a shortened version of it at Ann Marie Howes Centre, a residential care home in Sheldon. We had a great evening.

Thanks to generous funding and support from the Birmingham Community Chest and Arts In The Yard (AITY) we are scheduled to do three full performances.

1. Saturday 4th July, 7:00pm St Edburgha's Church Hall, Yardley, B33 8PD.
2. Friday 17th July, 7:30pm South Yardley Library, B25 8LT.
3. Saturday 18th July, 7:00pm St Thomas Church, Garretts Green, B26 2SA.

Tickets £5 on the door or contact us via the our web site's Contact Us page for further information.



2014 Autumn. Things are looking up. Some of the funding applications have born fruit. We supported Kate in a singing workshop in the 'All You Can Art' event to bring awareness of a community arts centre in Yardley organised by 'Arts In The Yard' (AITY). AITY is a group set up to promote awareness of the arts in yardley and to get people to try something new. They expected maybe 200 people to turn up during the day. Well over 400 were there!!

Our concert idea to commemorate World War One is starting to come together now. Plan is to have our first outing in the Spring of 2015, with probably a 'try it on friends and family' session to fine tune it.



2014. Our priorities this year are keeping going. Fundraising is becoming very important, as it is with any self funding group with a small membership. Expenses like insurance, room hire and paying for expertise can be the same for a group of 8 as for a group of 28. More members would make balancing the books much easier. That's the gloomy bit done with. On a positive note we have a few irons in the fire as regards fundraising and projects, and are working towards giving a concert, we need to perform again. We may be a little bit down but we are certainly not out. Come and join us, see what we do. You never know, you may just like it. Remember, there are no auditions and it's free to try.



Early 2013 saw us struggling somewhat with illnesses and really bad weather, (remember all that snow and ice?), which caused us to loose some of our rehearsal time, but the resilience of the members of Vox Populi is strong and as the Spring arrived we were back on track. We have an embryonic idea to do a project in and around the Sheldon area of Birmingham.



We just managed to have the St Cyprian concert before 2012. We had a good evening and shared the concert with the Moseley Village Band. They are a group who play traditional instruments of the the type that would be carried around the local villages to play for the dances. You can find them on Facebook, just search for Moseley Village Band. Meanwhile back to the concert. Vox Populi have been trying to do more 'classical' type pieces such as Mozart's Ave Verum along with a mixture of folk music such as The Mingulay Boat Song. All in all in was a very successful evening and bodes well for the future of the group. We had a nice surprise in that one of our former members returned to us just before we finished for Christmas.



2011 was a better year for me, now getting back my health. Fitting back in was no problem as Vox Populi are such a friendly bunch. We are now looking to have a concert, at St Cyprian's Church, Yardley, Birmingham, in late November 2011. Final date to be confirmed.



A little bit late in reporting on it but the Choral Fusion concert Dec 2010 was was another success. I had missed a lot of 2010 as I had cancer, but I was able to take part in the concert as I was on the road to recovery.



Following on from the Choral Fusion concert we have now started our monthly 'open house' sessions, working towards another concert in December. If you are interested you can just come along to the Nechells Green Community Centre, Melvina Road, Birmingham B7 4QU. The next two sessions are on Saturdays 29th May and 26th June 2010, from 2pm to 6pm.



After all the rehearsals, we finally made it to the Choral Fusion Concert, Sunday 28th March. We had a good night, apreciative audience and all went well. We have had an interesting journey along the way, but really this is the start of a programme of 'open to the public' group rehearsals with a view to performing another concert in December 2010. More to follow.



In January, 2010, we had our first 'all choir' get together to get to know each other a bit and thrash out new ideas for the Choral Fusion concert in the spring. We made a promising start. Not all the singers can be there all the time so we will have make sure the continuity happens. Apart from that it's looking good.



This year, 2010, got off to a tricky start as the severe weather closed the school we rehearse in so we missed two rehearsals. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but we were supposed to be having four sessions with our guest conductor, Zoe. We made it the third week and had very productive night. We got on well with Zoe which makes life so much easier.



At the end of 2009 we performed in a concert at Stanville Primary school. It was a concert for the parents by the children, who sang a number of songs, we performed a few songs and then we all sang carols. Everyone enjoyed the evening.


Following on from the spring 2009 school concerts we took part in the West Midlands Sing! Right Up Your Street" promotion of local choirs and singing groups. Don't let words like 'choral' and 'choir' put you off, groups consists of people who just love singing in all its styles. Vox Populi had an Open Evening as part of "Sing Up" on 21st October 2009 7:15pm to 9:00pm at Stanville Primary School, Stanville Rd, Sheldon. If you always wanted to join a choir or singing group, then just come along for a 'taster session' and see what we do. The first session is free and you're not committing yourself to anything. Map showing school location



Early in 2010 we are starting rehearsals for another Choral Fusion concert, organised by Sound It Out, bringing different West Midlands choirs together to swap Musical Directors and conductors to show our individual styles and also to work together as one large group to perform at a concert in the Spring of 2010.



In the spring of 2009 we performed a series of concerts in conjunction with local school choirs including some pieces we wrote ourselves. The emphasis was on music from the shows and was very well received by the audiences.



In 2008 we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a concert at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. It was alot of hard work putting together a show that incorporated many of our styles of singing and including several exiled artist with whom we had worked in the past. We had a great, if tiring, night. Photo shows Vox Populi members and visiting Artists Ben in blue, Zirak - with violin, Mira - lady with drum, and Blerim - with the clarinet. Those four artists are very talented and versatile. It was a pleasure to work with them.



Vox Populi with exiled artists