People of all ages and backgrounds are being invited to join in with a singing project that aims to celebrate cultural diversity in Norwich.

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The Voice Project, which was behind the Singing the City performance which brought music to Norwich’s streets and landmarks from dawn to dusk during this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival, is recruiting singers for its latest project. Inspired by the Strangers - Dutch and French-speaking families who came to the city in the 16th century from the Low Countries and who helped boost to the city’s textile trade - the new performance City of Strangers aims to create a visual and musical world with the themes home and refuge. Singers of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds are welcome to take part and no previous singing experience is needed.

Voice Project co-director Sian Croose said: “After Singing the City we realised how much people enjoy celebrating their city so we wanted to create another project to do just that and welcome people to the choir’s “home” – the Friends Meeting House.”

Fellow co-director Jonathan Baker added: “Norwich has a proud tradition of welcome, understanding and enjoyment of the culture of others that we want to celebrate.”

• A taster session is taking place at The Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, on Tuesday, October 9. Rehearsals will start on Tuesday, October 16 culminating in performances on December 15 in and around The Friends Meeting House. For more visit www.voiceproject.co.uk or email info@voiceproject.co.uk

• The Voice Project is one of 10 nominees for the EDP People’s Choice Award at the inaugural Norfolk Arts Award in October. To find out about the nominees and vote for your favourite visit

www.norfolkartsawards.com

• Are you involved in a new project celebrating Norwich? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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