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With their trademark harmonious music, classic choreography and clever lyrics, two of the UK’s award-winning Barbershop choruses, The Cottontown Chorus and London City Singers, will revive infamous tunes as well as presenting toe-tapping new arrangements of modern songs.
Opening act: This evening’s concert will start with a performance from London A Cappella Festival regulars The Single Singers.
All-male barbershop sensations The Cottontown Chorus are well known for their iconic arrangements and inventive four-part harmonies. They are British Barbershop Chorus Champions, having won the title seven times (most recently in May 2018). Their repertoire spans from the great American songbook to classic 60s rock; from James Bond to Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake; and from high-octane exuberance to romantic ballads. They are welcomed back to the festival after their memorable performance in 2012.
London City Singers are an award-winning women’s barbershop chorus based in central London. They sing everything from classic barbershop to musical numbers and pop songs, putting on several concerts throughout the year. They also compete nationally and internationally, having won gold in the small chorus category at the 2018 Sweet Adeline’s Region 31 convention, and gold at the 2017 Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers. They released their first album, Let’s Misbehave, in 2017 for their 10th Anniversary. They are directed by British composer, arranger and music educator Simon Arnott.
Founded in 2012, The Single Singers have been singing at the London A Cappella Festival for the past seven years. Founded at LACF, they used the power of internet and the strong a cappella community to find ‘single’ singers from across the world, giving singers that were coming to a vocal festival on their own the opportunity to actually perform in a group. The Single Singers have now became hugely popular, with similar groups at vocal festivals in the USA, Asia and all over Europe, highlighting the power of choral friendships and the inclusive nature of music.