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Voices raised in celebration.

A THREE-day celebration of a cappella singing, the Voices Festival will take place this weekend.

Produced by Sense of Sound and the Black-E, the festival will take place in the city's Black-E and Bluecoat arts centres from Friday, March 16, until Sunday, March 18.

Led by four female directors - Jennifer John, Saphena Aziz, Juliet Russell and Perri Alleyne-Hughes - Sense of Sound aims to create and produce amazing ways to celebrate singing and the Voices Festival is no exception.

From hip hop to barbershop, contemporary jazz and choral, the Voices Festival will showcase the full range of a cappella singing styles.

The festival will open with a National Conference for Singing and Health at the Bluecoat on March 16.

A free day of music will take place on March 17, with choirs from around the region performing in the Bluecoat Hub as part of the event.

On March 16, acclaimed blues singer Connie Lush, who is originally from Scotland Road, will perform at the Black-E with the Sense of Sound singers as they pay tribute to the music of the legendary, Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Then, on March 17, world record holding beat-boxer Shlomo will perform at the Black-E. Shlomo has worked for years to push the boundaries of beat-boxing as an art form and used his incredible vocal skills to make music within all kinds of musical genres. Now he comes to Liverpool for a one-off performance.

A free, family fun day will bring the festival to a close on Sunday, March 18.

Taking place in the Bluecoat Hub, the family fun day will feature singing workshops for all ages.

? The Voices Festival is produced by Sense of Sound and the Black-E and more information can be found at


Shlomo, a world record-holding beat-boxer, and the Sense of Sound choir are set to perform as part of the Voices Festival
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2012
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