Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2015

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Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2015 Review:

Back in February, in its seventh year, the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2015 featured everything from gospel to beatbox, Finnish to Mongolian music, and Welsh folk to jazz, in a weekend packed with concerts and workshops that had something for all tastes.

Highlights included Europe’s leading female a cappella quintet, Black Voices who headlined the opening night and had the audience on their feet with their hands in the air with their lush repertoire of traditional African, Caribbean and English folk songs, jazz, gospel, pop and reggae. Having performed previously in Narberth for the Children’s Festival many years ago, and again for the Narberth A Cappella Festival in 2010, the group attracted a full-house of loyal fans and new converts.

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The opening acts couldn’t have been more diverse. The room sat in awe for Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino who demonstrated the unique art of Mongolian Khoomii singing – also known as throat singing – singing chords with their voice boxes.

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In a first for many of the audience members, looper Grace Savage, showed why she’s been twice crowned UK Beatbox Champion and the extraordinary 12-piece vocal group Original Sing, performed an eclectic and highly enjoyable repertoire of contemporary music.DSC_0041-Edit

The surprise highlights of the night, who had the audience cheering for more and filling up feedback forms demanding a repeat performance, were Bristol based Original Sing. The 12-piece vocal group performed a range of piece from classical, to Norwegian to Billy Idol, with perfect choreography and timing.

2015 Sunday lunchtime concert was the festival’s best attended yet and featured a unique joint programme by some of Pembrokeshire’s leading female vocalists, including exquisite female choir Bella Voce, and charismatic Welsh folk singer Sioned Haf Wyn Llewelyn in the beautiful St Andrews Church, Narberth.

The 2015 festival was indeed a great success and is most aptly summarised by this audience member’s comment: “What a fabulous festival. More of the same next year please!”

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