Celebrate the uplifting nature of singing with NAVF 2017

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Written by Kathryn Lambert

The most fundamental action we do to stay alive is to breathe. So when we sing, our breath carries something that is inside us and transforms it into sound.  The soundwaves we create connect us with the world around us and other people, leaving us feeling liberated and happy.


Singing is beyond difference, beyond language and brings us together in a way that little else does.


Take just a moment this year to experience the power of singing by joining us at Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2017, which returns to The Queens Hall for a 9th year with a heart-warming, inspirational and feel good line-up of singers.  Share in the pure feeling of connection that you get when you sing with others, or hear the heart felt and humorous live performances by this year’s acts.


Join us for an enchanting opening performance from Helen Chadwick, on Friday 24 February.  The foremost voice practitioner in the UK, Helen Chadwick will give the performance ‘House Of Light’ a heart-warming concert of Chadwick’s gorgeous a cappella harmony songs including settings of inspirational poems and fabulous harmonies, body percussion and rhythmic games. Performers by four actor/singer members of Helen Chadwick Song Theatre including Helen will host the concert and introduce the songs with her inimitable style and wit.


“The concert was unbelievably strong and far exceeded my expectations. Wonderful music and ideas, presented with passion and intelligence.

Helen achieved extraordinary things with this illuminating project, which combined powerful ideas, music and movement with intimacy and style.

It was a real tour de force evening of brilliance and passion.”


In working traditions, song has always been part of a group’s identity. We only need to remember the songs of the Welsh miners, who sang when leaving the pit at the end of each day, sailors who sang shanties on ships and the chain gang songs of the rail workers. This year we get to enjoy the sea shanties of Môr Ladron, a fun loving shanty group from Ceridigion who will perform a light-hearted and humorous set, whilst also taking the time to tell you about the songs they are singing and how they were used to relieve the back-breaking and monotonous work of the merchant sailor or whalerman.


Also bringing the stage alive with the joy of song are acts ranging from the Fistful of Spookies who will sing their unique brand of hairy harmonies or tomfoolery to the Oxford Gargoyles,  who will perform their perfect blend of toe tapping jazz notes. Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival really does demonstrate the immense diversity and joy of singing.

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You won’t just be able to share in a love of singing by listening,  but there will be the opportunity to sing along too by taking part in a fantastic programme of artist-led singing workshops and a Sunday singing celebration.  Workshops will offer festival goers the opportunity to sing together with the acts and each other in a wide range of styles.  Why not learn gorgeous harmony songs with a cappella icon, Helen Chadwick or develop your rap skills with the fast talking rapping legend Jez from Regime.


Following last years heart warming concert, Côr Pawb (Everyone’s Choir), also returns to close the festival with a feast of songs from all around the world in a celebration of singing and delicious food at The Queens Hall on Sunday 26th February. Join over 150+ singers aged 7-70+ and enjoy the spirit of community through sharing songs and sandwiches.


Liberate yourself with a weekend of song and celebration at Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2017 which runs from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February, at The Queens Hall in Narberth.


Tickets are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment! They are available from the Span Arts box office on 01834 869323 or visit the website


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