Call for entrants and volunteers at island’s first a cappella festival

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The island’s first a cappella singing festival will be held in September.

And organisers are now calling for both soloists and groups, from established choirs to brand new ensembles, and singing both classical and modern styles, to enter.

Volunteers are needed to help out behind the scenes and the festival is looking for sponsors for the community event.

Creative director Louisa Thomas said: ‘The festival has a simple premise – to become an annual event which encourages choirs, ensembles and solo singers to get on stage and create something brand new that reflects their passion.

‘We encourage diversity in style and genre, so anything from folk and barbershop through to more modern beatboxing and pop/rock mash-ups are welcome.

‘By taking the focus off classical perfection, we’re able to encourage passion, creativity and exciting stage presence in performances.’

The festival takes place at the King’s Court Theatre at King William’s College on Sunday, September 18 – with rehearsal time at the venue scheduled for the previous day.

The programme will see a vocal workshop in the morning aimed at breaking the ice and trying some new techniques.

There will be a mixer open to participants and the audience, including the first performance of the Exhibition Choir. The competition is in the afternoon, with six trophies up for grabs.

Louisa said: ‘The only rule is: no instruments allowed.

‘We’re asking entrants to let us know how many people are singing, what style they’re performing and a little history in their application.

‘We’d like to know what songs they’re working on so we can ensure a smooth run on the day, but we’re open to surprises and definitely wouldn’t discourage anyone from throwing in a change to their set at the last minute to keep us on our toes!’

Entry is £15 for soloists, £25 for groups up to 10 singers and £35 for larger groups.

For more details visit IOMAcaFest.wordpress.com or visit the IOMAcapellaFestival Facebook page.

Contact Louisa at louisa@manx.net

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