We are an open-access singing project offering a whole range of creative ways to use your voice. The Voice Project was created by singers Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008 and since then we have involved hundreds of singers in performances of great new vocal music as well as workshops designed to build vocal confidence and explore a wide variety of uplifting and inspiring vocal music.
Sian Croose is a singer and community musician who has run choirs and vocal groups for 25 years.
She has sung in cathedrals and village halls, in tiny villages and capital cities, on her own and with a cast of thousands.
She has created music projects in the UK, Ireland and France and is co-founder of The Voice Project.
Jon Baker is a singer, teacher and composer who has written extensively for TV, radio and theatre. He is a founder member of The Neutrinos with whom he has toured throughthout Europe and North America. He is co-founder of The Voice Project.
Photo by Dave Guttridge
Review of Ideas of Flight May 11th 2013
Ideas of winged flight taking off
The Voice Project
Swirls of ideas and flocks of birds taking flight, soaring to emotional and intellectual delights, came together sublimely in the Voice Project’s work in the great Cathedral arena. As darkness fell outside, the sense of birds above was palpable.
The 100-strong choir, the brilliant Trio Zéphyr, cool saxophonist Andy Sheppard, tenor Jeremy Avis, sopranos Sianed Jones and Rebecca Askew used 10 poems about birds from all manner of poets to interpret the wings of flight. Music was variously composed by Karen Wimhurst, Orlando Gough and Barbara Thompson, from differing backgrounds and musical streams. The result was eclectic and riveting, sometimes quirky and humorous, then sombre and dark. Jonathan Baker who also composed, sang bass and directed, sharing honours with the amazing conductor Sian Croose, for devising and setting free the dynamic of language partnered with the power of diverse ideas, hopes, fears, symbols. Her hands were a kind of bird-wing ballet, directing, leading, coaxing the voices. Originally inspired by the RSPB Poetry Project, it all took off and acquired a life of its own, rich in images, memories and possibilities for all animal-kind.
EDP May 2013
St Benet's Abbey May 13th 2013 Photo by Jemma Mickleburgh
Ideas Of Flight : A choral performance by The Voice Project