Festival of the Voice 2018
It’s Festival Time!
Bringing Kingston to Life
This year’s festival welcomes a number of first-timers and we are thrilled to be sharing their beautiful voices with you.
KT6 Vocal Group has been delighting audiences with their ‘a capella’ performances and they promise you an evening of diverse music at the cornerHOUSE Arts Centre. Across town in St Lukes’ Church, The Canbury Singers will be joined by choirs from Coombe Girls’ School and the South London Military Wives Choir performing ‘The Armed Man’, Karl Jenkins’ anti-war piece. For an evening of traditional folk songs, including drinking songs and shanties, pop along to The Norbiton Pub where the Pielarks are sure to entertain, as they celebrate their 5th birthday. Ember Choral’s Christmas Concert will prepare you for the festive season with works by Handel, Rutter, and various carols.
New Malden is also putting itself firmly on the festival map with a range of performances and workshops. Enjoy choral events at the New Malden Methodist Church, hosted by local musicians Jane Booth and John Irving, and get involved at The Creative Lounge – a wonderful new initiative which promotes local talent. If you fancy an acting workshop in improvisation, check out what Duncan Alldridge is offering at The Royal Oak pub. Other acting masterclasses are taking place at the Museum of Futures, Surbiton (Monologues with Michael Franklin), and the cornerHOUSE (Playing the Scene with David Lawson Lean).
We are delighted to be hosting events again with Charlotte and Mike (formerly The Canbury Arms), in their friendly, traditional and versatile pub, The Wych Elm. Here you can enjoy an Arts Salon; a motivational workshop – Positivity down the Pub; and a very special evening, ‘Flow my Beers’, where you will be inspired by Stephanie Feeney, aka ‘Lady Lovely Lute’. A ‘no-holds barred’ documentary-film will share Stephanie’s experiences as a brain injury survivor and how she developed a love of music and the lute.
Our choral stalwarts return with Handel’s Messiah (Kingston Orpheus Choir); Britten’s War Requiem (Thames Philharmonic Choir); Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (Kingston Choral Society). Loki Music invites you to the Lovekyn Chapel for a candlelit show ‘Vision’, a concert-play by Clare Norburn, and Thames Concerts hosts Cantabile – The London Quartet, in St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton. Also returning, by popular demand, is Strange Stories and Tall Tales; Polyphony down the Pub with its aptly named ‘Christmas Counterpint, and Drum Dance.
As always, this Festival presents the voices and talents of Kingston and invites you to get involved.
Áine Lark, Festival Director, Chair of Kingston Arts
How to book
- Tickets for some events can be bought online, others have their own ticketing arrangements – check listings.
- Tickets will be available on the door for most events – check availability where advised.
- Do note that a number of events are FREE.
- Those booking tickets are advised to check in advance if there are any changes to the published events.
- Most venues are wheelchair accessible and accompanying carers admitted free.
- You will need to bring photo ID such as a driving licence or passport for any concessions or over 18 events.
- A VALID email address is required when buying tickets online. Your confirmation email is proof of purchase (remember to check your spam folder). Please PRINT OFF and bring to the event.