VOICES YORKSHIRE

CELEBRATING THE DIVERSITY AND EXCELLENCE OF CHORAL MUSIC AND CHOIRS THROUGHOUT YORKSHIRE WITH OUR PATRON, SUZI DIGBY
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WHAT IS VOICES YORKSHIRE ALL ABOUT?

The Yorkshire College of Music & Drama in Leeds, inspired by the diverse range of choirs that use the facility and the desire to help secure the future of choral music in Yorkshire, launched the Voices Yorkshire project in 2019. We are delighted that the project has attracted the support of the high-profile choral conductor, Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell OBE), who has been described as a “Choral Wizard” and “Mother of all music” by The Telegraph and has agreed to be Patron of Voices Yorkshire (you can read more about her below).

The principal aim is to attract choirs and audiences from a large cross-section of society and bring them together through events and activities which will culminate in a biennial Gala Concert held in different host venues across the County, the first one being at Leeds Town Hall on 14th September 2019. Each Gala Concert will be a celebration of music featuring invited choirs who represent the diversity, depth and variety of styles from around the region.

  • The Yorkshire College of Music & Drama will organise, support, host and promote events under the Voices Yorkshire brand at a variety of venues across Yorkshire to give forums for our regions’ choirs to showcase their music
  • These events will all lead to building momentum for the Gala Concerts, which will be biennial events held at different venues across the region that celebrate the diversity and excellence of choral music and choirs throughout Yorkshire 
  • The first Gala Concert will be at Leeds Town Hall on the 14th September 2019 and feature a variety of invited choirs
  • A piece of music will be commissioned for and will be premiered at each Gala Concert
  • Communities, local and regional media and Yorkshire businesses will be encouraged to join in and support their local choirs and spread the word
  • All marketing communication will focus on increasing the awareness of music and access to music in local communities, the importance of music and the positive impact music can have on everyone
  • Choirs of all shapes, sizes, genres and styles from Yorkshire are eligible to sign-up – it is free to do so – all we ask that choirs use the Voices Yorkshire logo (available in the welcome pack) on all promotional materials to help spread the word
  • Choirs, Venues or Businesses are more than welcome to partner with us to organise their own events under the Voices Yorkshire banner

The Yorkshire College of Music & Drama is a non-profit charitable trust run by a group of volunteer trustees. The main aim of YCM&D is to introduce the power and pleasure of music to as many people in our community as possible through engagement and participation from our partner choirs and the generosity of venues and businesses providing facilities and any services they are able to offer.

So, it is free to get involved! We just ask for the inclusion of the logo along with the line “We support Voices Yorkshire” on posters, websites, Facebook pages, tickets, flyers etc to help spread the word and generate media coverage for the benefit of us all and, we hope, create a great deal of actual and digital conversation about choirs throughout Yorkshire.

CHOIRS

Get involved if you are a Yorkshire-based choir:

  • that is interested in becoming part of an exciting and new regional project and festival;
  • that wants to get involved and make a difference to your local community;
  • that wants to grow and develop with the support of other choirs and choral groups under the Voices Yorkshire brand;
  • that wants to reach a new audience and/or attract new members;
  • that would enjoy some extra free publicity and increased community awareness

VENUES

Get involved if you are a Yorkshire-based venue:

  • that is interested in becoming part of an exciting and new regional project and festival;
  • that is willing to freely offer a space for our choirs to perform;
  • that wants to get involved and enhance your local community;
  • that wants to offer your customers the chance to hear music they wouldn’t perhaps ordinarily have access to;
  • that would enjoy some extra free publicity and increased community awareness of your business

BUSINESSES

Get involved if you are a Yorkshire-based business:

  • that is interested in becoming part of an exciting and new regional project and festival;
  • that is willing to offer support by sponsorship, services or goods;
  • that wants to get involved and make a difference to your local community;
  • that wants to raise the profile of your business within the community and Yorkshire as a whole;
  • that would enjoy some extra free publicity 

INTRODUCING OUR PATRON – SUZI DIGBY

The Yorkshire College of Music and Drama is delighted to announce that Voices Yorkshire has attracted the support of a
very high-profile choral conductor, Suzi Digby.

As a world-renowned British choral conductor and music educator, Suzi has dedicated over twenty years to the revival of singing in schools and the community. She is also well known for her work in radio and television, being a judge on the BBC’s Last Choir Standing and BBC Cardiff’s Singer of the World Competition.

We are thrilled that Suzi will be part of the Voices Yorkshire team. Her experience, talent and achievements, combined with the best of our region’s choirs, will make for a hugely exciting project.

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