Headlining this year is the enchanting Helen Chadwick, who will perform A WORLD PREMIER on Friday 24 February. The foremost voice practitioner in the UK, Helen Chadwick will give the performance ‘House Of Light’ a heart-warming concert of Chadwick’s gorgeous a cappella harmony songs including settings of inspirational poems and fabulous harmonies, body percussion and rhythmic games. This performance will also contain many of Helen’s most loved songs, covering a wide range of composing years.
Helen Chadwick has been commissioned to create song theatre performances for the Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera, Greenwich and Salisbury Festivals, and has composed for the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She has recorded ten albums. Helen Chadwick Song Theatre’s productions include War Correspondents -based on interviews with journalists working in conflict zones, White Suit – an outdoor show based on the testimony of a Colombian land mine survivor, and Songs For The way Home, based on Dalston Songs which was commissioned by the Royal Opera House. House Of Light is the company’s latest piece. Helen also writes site-specific solo song theatre performances which have been commissioned by Salisbury Festival and the Royal Opera House.
Môr Ladron is a fun-loving, beer-swilling four piece A Cappella Shanty band based in the wild, wet and windy village of Borth in Ceredigion, on the Mid Wales Coast. Formed in 2015, Môr Ladron (aka The Borth Pirates) came together through the discovery of a shared love of singing late into the night. They can usually be found in The Friendship Inn in Borth and if you’re REALLY unlucky then they’ll force a shanty or three upon you! Shanty is their passion: they blend unique harmonies into the songs which capture the feel of their surrounding landscape whilst maintaining light hearted and humorous banter onstage.
You can expect to hear tales and histories of the songs they are singing, how these 200 year old songs were used to relieve the back-breaking and monotonous work of the merchant sailor or whaler man, amongst many others. The audience will be encouraged to join in the choruses when appropriate, so come prepared to sing! They will of course be dressed as pirates!
With Jono and Steph on tenor, Gabrielle’s alto perfectly offsets Anthony’s rhythmic bass to blend lovely and inspiring sounds. They have just completed their first album ‘Wrecked’ and are currently gigging around the county to promote it.
They came as part of Côr y Gors to perform at the last A Capella Festival and ended up singing a few shanties at the Lawrenny Arms afterwards. This resulted in a booking there for last year’s Sea Fayre, ending up on Country File as a result!
They have been on Radio 3’s “The Choir Programme” featuring on the ‘Meet my Choir’ slot. They’ve sung all over the country, highlights include singing at the Spring Fair at the Royal Welsh show as well as supporting The Wurzels at The Brecon Jazz Fringe 2016 and they’ve also filled an hour slot on Dan James folk show on BRFM. CD’s will be on sale at Friday’s performance. It’s been a fantastic year for them and we are thrilled to have them at the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival.
Bella Voce – whose name means ‘beautiful voice’ – is an exciting and fresh 16 piece all female vocal group based in West Wales, under their Musical Director Sarah Benbow and accompanist Seimon Morris. This group of busy, professional women – who are nearly all music teachers – have a deep and rich musical heritage which includes 27 grade 8’s and multiple music degree’s.
The regularity of a weekly rehearsal is not something to which these performers could commit, so Bella Voce was born; singing at the very highest of standards on minimal rehearsal time. When you attend a ‘Bella Voce only’ concert, you will not only be mesmerised by their incredible sound and tonal adaptability, but will also witness the amazing instrumental and vocal soloists from within the group, adding again to their unique and addictive appeal.
Their reputation for having the adaptability to perform songs from all genres means they are constantly in high demand. From performing with Max Boyce to the Three Welsh Tenors, Noson Lawen S4C to gala concerts in St Davids Cathedral, their engagements diary makes for exciting reading!
Currently recording a CD for release later this year and preparing for a 2018 engagement in the Royal Albert Hall, the future is looking bright and full of opportunity for this multi-talented group of musicians who pride themselves on their eclectic repertoire and signature collection of brightly-coloured shoes.