Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival

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The sixth annual Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival will take place February 21 to 23.

It’s a fun festival for all ages that will excite everyone who enjoys music or singing in all its forms.

The event celebrates the diversity and beauty of unaccompanied singing with a packed weekend of performances, workshops and The Big Sing, a huge ‘pop-up’ choir where over a hundred ticketholders and local people join together in song.

It’s the product of months of planning thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff at Span Arts, Pembrokeshire’s live arts charity which organises the festival.

With funding this year from Pembrokeshire County Council and Ty Cerdd, the festival features an amazing range of artists, from celebrated singers with a rich history to new and exciting vocal groups and international artists of note.

The opening night features Caryl Parry Jones, the doyenne of Welsh music and broadcasting. Also that night is Helen Chadwick, of the National Theatre, a composer and performer commissioned by the Royal Opera House.

The Swingle Singers headline Saturday night on their landmark 50th anniversary tour! The Grammy-award-winning group made their beginnings alongside Edith Piaf, and the current lineup sees them at their dynamic best as they go beyond singing to demonstrate the astonishing range of the human voice.

Sunday’s lunchtime concert finishes the festival in a beautiful space of St Andrew’s Church, Narberth, with an extraordinary singer from Andalusia, Spain. Lina León flies over especially for this festival, performing a set of flamenco music that promises to bewitch and enchant the audience.

Also performing are One Voice Choir, regional finalists of the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition; Durga Ramakrishnan, who has performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, International Women’s Day; and Oxjam, and Mary-Anne Roberts performing Trinidadian folk and calypso.

There are public workshops each day, where performers from the bottom of the line-up to the top, will cover everything from 60s pop and Welsh classics to flamenco and Indian film songs.

This is a unique and exciting event which attracts people from all over the UK. Tickets are available now at span-arts.org.uk or call 01834 869323.

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