Southbank Centre wraps up its Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations with this massive performance featuring hundreds of singers, drawn from the public and Southbank Centre's vocal initiative Voicelab, across the 21-acre site.
They will be stationed at many of the outdoor installations inspired by four themes from the original 1951 South Bank Exhibition – Seaside, Land, Power and Production and People of Britain.
The choruses will serenade visitors with rousing sea shanties at the Thames-side beach huts, English madrigals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall rooftop garden, Welsh and Scottish folk songs at Ben Kelly's three dry stone walls, and songs inspired by the dispossessed at Gitta Gschwendtner's installation inspired by the original 1951 Lion and Unicorn pavilion.
Visitors will then be able to join hundreds of singers on The Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall to sing iconic pop songs including We'll Gather Lilacs, It Must Be Love, and Waterloo Sunset, by Ray Davies of The Kinks who curated this year's Meltdown festival.
Southbank Centre is recruiting singers of all ages, experiences and levels of commitment to join the Big Sing! choruses. Participants will have an opportunity to work with top vocal coach Mary King and the sought-after musical director Tim Sutton.
Rehearsals will take place on Saturday 3 September and/or Sunday 4 September. Workshop details can be obtained via emailing [email protected]
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