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Who we are

BACKGROUND

Graeme Hopson - founder of VivaVoices

VivaVoices was founded in 2009 by singer and pianist Graeme Hopson MMus BMus (Hons), drawing from years of experience working with singers of all ages and abilities. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, gaining a Master’s degree in 2004, followed by further study at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Graeme runs all the weekly groups and workshops and believes that everyone has musical ability and can enjoy singing.

Besides running VivaVoices, Graeme has worked for Stagecoach, a music theatre school for children, was musical director for Suffolk Young Peoples' Theatre in their production of ‘My Fair Lady’, and was a resident artist for Vital Communities, teaching singing to children and adults from diverse community groups in Cambridgeshire. Graeme is also in demand as a teacher and a performer, regularly appearing in recitals, weddings and functions throughout the region.

 

OUR MUSIC

At VivaVoices we sing a lively and eclectic mix of pop, easy listening, musicals, classical, and songs from around the world, with something to suit all tastes and each term we also include some song requests from the group. You can hear a selection of our music here:

The pop and rock pieces we have sung include music by The Beatles, Abba, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Queen, and Duffy. We have sung swing and easy listening pieces by Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, and Cole Porter, and folk songs such as Danny Boy and The Skye Boat Song, as well as songs from Africa and other parts of the world. We have sung classical pieces by J. S. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, Fauré and Puccini, and songs from shows such as Grease, Les Misérables, Oklahoma, Oliver!, and Phantom of the Opera.

At VivaVoices you will improve your confidence as a singer with techniques for posture, breathing, diction, and extending the vocal range introduced through fun warm-up exercises at the start of each session. You can see some of our warm-ups in this video:

Our choirs run for 10 weeks during the autumn, spring, and summer school terms, with different music each term. Details of when and where the groups meet and the joining fee can be found at the top of the relevant page for each group.

We also run several Come & Sing days, where we learn all the songs during the day and perform them in a charity concert at the end.

We provide sheets containing the singing warm-ups and copies of lyrics to all the songs. If you would like a copy of the sheet music, this can be purchased from the Choir Leader at the start of term.

Listen to VivaVoices on BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy Show:

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