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London A Cappella Festival

Aled Jones previews the 2012 London A Cappella Festival, which features music from barbershop to vocal rock the Swingle and is curated by the Swingle Singers.

Aled Jones previews the London A Cappella Festival, hitting the capital with everything from barbershop to vocal rock later this week, all under the curation of the Swingle Singers. There's live music in the studio from some of the groups taking part, including five singers promising to smash the girl-band stereotype with their combination of soul, hip-hop and jazz. Plus, a new take on Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals commissioned by former Choir of the Year, Chantage.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Beasley Smith

    That Lucky Old Sun

    Performer: London Vocal Project, Pete Churchill (conductor & soloist)

    • BBC recording from Maida Vale.
  • Bj√∂rk

    Unravel (arranged by Aaron Jenson)

    Performer: The Swingle Singers

    • Swingle Singers.
    • SWINGCD22.
    • 1.
  • Sigmund Romberg

    Lover Come Back to Me

    Performer: The Cottontown Chorus, Michael Dargan (director)

    • BBC recording from the 2008 Choir of the Year competition.
  • Ward Swingle

    Give us this day for choir

    Performer: Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse (conductor)

    • SIGNUM.
    • SIG CD-059.
  • Lenny Kravitz/Slash

    Always on the Run

    Performer: Fork

    • FORK.
    • FORK02.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Love's in Need of Love Today

    Performer: London Vocal Project, Pete Churchill (director)

    • BBC recording from Maida Vale.
  • Bobby McFerrin

    The Garden

    Performer: London Vocal Project, Pete Churchill (director)

    • BBC recording from Maida Vale.
  • Ralph Burns

    Bijou

    Performer: Cadence

    • Cadence.
    • 001.
  • Belle Ehresmann

    Hattie (arranged by The Boxettes)

    Performer: The Boxettes

    • Boxettes.
    • 001.
  • Neo Joshua

    Free

    Performer: The Boxettes

    • Boxettes.
    • 001.
  • Mike Batt

    Bright Eyes

    Performer: The Songmen

    • Six Records.
    • SIXCD001.
  • Michael Tippett

    Five Negro Spirituals by Michael Tippett, with interludes between the movements, specially

    Composer: Ken Burton Performer: Swingle Singers, Chantage, James Davey (conductor)

    • private recording.

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