Black Voices: The Mill Arts Centre, 5th December

Europe’s leading female a cappella ensemble, Black Voices, makes their first appearance at The Mill Arts Centre this Thursday – and the audience is in for an unforgettable evening of intricate and exquisite harmonies and arrangements.

The Birmingham based quintet are the finest exponents of singing in the black oral tradition and will be performing songs from their signature repertoire of spirituals, traditional African, Caribbean and English folk to jazz, blues and classical that has made them such a phenomenal worldwide success on the music scene for the past 25 years.

With the festive season well underway, Thursday’s programme will also include Christmas choral favourites, new arrangements by Kgomotso Moshugi of South Africa’s a cappella collective No Limits, a not to be missed daring and contemporary arrangement by Peter Daley of Bach’s Air on a G String and a heart skipping version of Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’ arranged by Laura Mvula, a former member of Black Voices.

Their visit to the Arts Centre comes after an outstandingly successful ten day tour of Malaysia and Myanmar with a sell out concert and an appearance at Urbanscapes (Malaysia’s equivalent of Glastonbury).

The Mill audience will see just why Black Voices has received enduring acclaim throughout a remarkable career, The quintet has appeared - by both public and private invitation - at venues as diverse as Westminster Abbey, an open air Papal concert in Italy, the Melbourne Festivals and the Festival de Cannes.
They have performed for the British Royal Family and former President Nelson Mandela at Two Nations Concert, Royal Albert Hall; opened for music giants, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba at concerts in Germany, France and Italy; Ray Charles (London’s Barbican and The Colosseum, Rome) and performed with Hugh Masekela and Take 6 at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Black Voices’ Music Director, Carol Pemberton says they are delighted to be asked to perform at The Mill.

‘The Mill Arts Centre is a wonderful venue and has a great ambience. We hope the audience will enjoy the evening as much as we enjoy performing and celebrating the range and diversity of a cappella.’

As 10 time Grammy winner, Mark Kibble of Take 6 says, ‘You don’t want to miss them!’

Notes to Editors

BLACK VOICES is Carol Pemberton (Founder and Music Director), Sandra Francis, Evon Johnson-Elliott, Shereece Storrod, Celia Wickham-Anderson.

The preservation of black oral music traditions is at the heart of the BLACK VOICES mission. Singing in the black oral tradition is based on musical forms and rhythms of Africa and draws on a myriad of entities, call and response, ring shouts and the rich crafted musical genius of spirituals that has impacted on blues and jazz and other music genres.

As well as performance, BLACK VOICES delivers education outreach programmes and music workshops in schools, communities and at cultural events and festivals in the UK and overseas to promote a cappella singing and the black oral story telling tradition

For more information about this media release and to arrange interviews with BLACK VOICES, please contact:

Vanessa Kirkpatrick
M: 07970 512773