The Voice Project returns to Norwich and everyone is welcome

Voice Project choir

Voice Project choir - Credit: Archant

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Norwich's Voice Project, a unique and innovative vocal music education charity, perhaps best known for The Voice Project Choir.

In celebration of their 10 years of song, a very special concert will take place on Saturday December 22 at Norwich's St Andrews Hall.

At this they will be joined by some of the guest singers and musicians who have taken part over the years – with internationally renowned saxophonist Andy Sheppard already confirmed to lead the instrumental line up.

Co-Directors Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker are inviting past and present choir members, to join in the celebratory concerts to potentially create their largest ensemble yet. Past performances have seen the choir exceed 180 members.

One of the most significant aspects of The Voice Project Choir is that it truly is open to all.

A true community choir that absolutely anyone can join whether they have any experience of singing and music or not - there are no auditions and everything is taught by ear with no need to read music.

Anyone interested can simply attend the obligation free taster session on October 2 or the first rehearsal on October 9.

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Sian said: 'We don't have a permanent choir.

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'I think that flexibility helps keep everything fresh – over the years we must have had hundreds of different members.'

Titled 'The Sky is Full of Light' after one of the first song's specially written for the choir by famed jazz musician Barbara Thompson, the concert will feature some of The Voice Project's favourite pieces from the past decade alongside new songs especially written for the event.

The taster session is an opportunity to meet Sian and Jonathan, sing some of the music, and hear about plans for the performances.

Since their creation in 2008, the Voice Project's unique vision of what a community choir can be has taken them to international festivals around the UK and mainland Europe.

The taster session takes place in Friends Meeting House (Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW) at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 2.

For more information on the taster session, to book and for information on all Voice Project activities visit the website or contact