Celebrating their fifth anniversary in 2018, community choir Solihull Pop Chorus was wondering how to top some pretty fantastic recent experiences.
They’ve packed Birmingham Town Hall for their own concerts, sung at major events such as the Help Harry Help Others Ball and a banquet for the Lord Mayor of London, flashmobbed unsuspecting shoppers at ResortsWorld, performed on television and recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios.
The answer arrived in an email. Solihull Pop Chorus has been invited to perform at a major a capella concert in March, at the Lincoln Center in New York, that will be conducted by Deke Sharon – producer of the three hit Pitch Perfect movies.
Seventy of the choir’s 220 adult members are making the trip to Manhattan and, last weekend, they got together for their first rehearsal.
Anya Small, Director of Solihull Pop Chorus, said: “A capella is really challenging for a pop choir like us. We’re used to mastering complex harmonies but, fundamentally, what we do is belt out pop classics to music! In a capella singing, all of the sounds are made by the choir and so now we literally have to become the instruments.
“We are all very excited about the trip. It’s a chance to perform on one of the world’s greatest stages, to be coached and conducted by Deke, who is the king of a capella, and to ride the wave of enthusiasm for a capella that the Pitch Perfect movies has created.
“Mostly, however, it’s another brilliant experience for an enthusiastic bunch of ordinary people from Solihull and Birmingham who’ve fallen in love with singing. I am very proud of them, just as I am of every single member of the Solihull Pop Chorus family. While we are away, a further 50 of our singers will be performing, once again, at the Help Harry Help Others ball which happens on the same day. It’s a privilege to be involved again and to support the work of Georgie Moseley and her team.”
The New York concert, called ‘Total Vocal’, is being live streamed by the concert organisers and anyone wanting to watch Solihull Pop Chorus performing in the show should follow Solihull Pop Chorus on Facebook – all the links you need will be posted on Sunday 25 March and the concert begins at 19:00 UK time.