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British contemporary a cappella society launched
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Apr 23, 2009, 9:50 PM

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The launch of SING a cappella !

On March 29th 2009, Heathrow’s Concorde Club saw the inaugural event of this brand new society for a cappella singers. As was pointed out by one of the participants – ‘we now have lift off!’.

Over one hundred singers, representing eight a cappella groups (listed below) gathered together for a day of coaching, performing, and singing together with a team of first class educators. On the faculty were: Joanna Forbes
, Jonathan Rathbone, Mark Williams and Wendy Nieper, all former members of The Swingle Singers.

A major part of the day’s activities were two open workshop sessions where groups were paired with an educator to receive and observe coaching. Comments from the singers included - ‘ten out of ten’; ‘there was an immediate improvement in our sound’ and ‘totally brilliant and inspiring’. The massed groups working with Jonathan Rathbone on his arrangement of Golden Slumbers was another stimulating experience, particularly when Joanna, Jonathan, Mark and Wendy sang the second verse and chorus as a quartet surrounded by the rest of the listening singers. We can now all claim to have sung with ‘The Swingle Singers’ or at least some of the ex members!

Besides bringing together all types of a cappella groups to share and enjoy this special performing art, another objective of the steering committee was to make this workshop day a starting point. It is hoped
SING a cappella ! will go on to facilitate similar, more extensive events, and provide a forum for all aspects of a cappella singing. With messages of encouragement from Suzi Digby, Gareth Malone and Michael Welton on behalf of The Magnets, the committee is now planning the next event for Spring 2010.

If this sounds like an organisation you’d like to be part of, find out more by visiting; or contact or call 07952 007921.

Participating groups

Just A Cappella ( Seven in a Bar (e-mail )

Just Voices (e-mail Swindon Scratch Choir (

Kitsch in Sync ( Treblemakers (

Serenata ( Vox Concordia (

a cappella !

Cathy Davies - Steering committee Marketing

Jean Digby - Steering committee Chairman


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