The other weekend saw Pop-Up performing at Chorus on the Southbank. It’s always great to hear what other choirs are up to as well as a guaranteed appreciative audience at the Royal Festival Hall! It was also our inaugural gig with Ellie at the helm so lots to look forward to.
Having navigated the choppy waters of sourcing choir MD’s a couple of times now, it always amazes me how a new set of ears can take some of our more well worn repertoire and make the material sound fresh and re-energised. Ellie is currently sprinkling her fairy dust across multiple tracks and it’s great to be able to give these songs a facelift. Judging by the reaction of the crowd in the RFH bar, we think they went down pretty well!
With plenty going on at the festival throughout the weekend, some of our more adventurous Poppers (namely Helen and Sarah) also got involved with the Twitter Chorus, an experiential session created by artist Tamsin Challenger.
The piece aimed to bring to life how we use Twitter as a communication tool – singers chanted REPLY! RETWEET! SELFIE! MORE! With around 100 or so voices clashing together in a noisy crescendo, you could definitely feel the chaotic and constant nature of the twitter feed.
Sarah’s take on it all? “When one is invited to join in a live piece of art, it’s probably best to check the small print as you may end up wondering round Southbank Festival Hall chanting odd things with blue lipstick on.” Indeed.
So all in all a cracking weekend of singing and post performance revelry for Pop-Up (we like to keep things in balance.)
Thanks for having us Chorus, see you next year?