Norwich choir launches fundraising campaign to support its new performance project

A Norwich-based vocal group is launching a fundraising campaign as it prepares to start work on its latest musical spectacle.

The Voice Project – a regular at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival – is well known for its performances that have animated in song the city's streets and landmark venues ranging from Norwich Cathedral to Holkham Hall to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Now the leaders of the open access choir are planning a melodic trilogy inspired by ideas around sleeping and waking, with the first part of the performance series due to take place at Norwich Cathedral in January.

As the choir gets ready to embark on its newest project – called The Arms of Sleep – later this year, it is also launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise £7,500 to support The Voice Project and its performances.

The money raised would help fund production costs, the creation of new music, recordings and bursaries, and those who donate could receive thank-you rewards including performance tickets and limited edition artwork.


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'People will be supporting exciting new pieces of music being created and supporting an ongoing project that hopefully enhances the life of the city,' said Sian Croose, The Voice Project co-director.

'We are celebrating the place where we live and animating spaces so we see the place where we live differently.'

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She said all of The Voice Project's performances aimed to encourage a sense of community and inspire people with music, and she said choir members old and new were welcome to get involved in the new trilogy.

'Music is a brilliant way of bringing people together,' she said.

The second part of The Arms of Sleep trilogy is planned to take place during the 2017 Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the third performance is planned for January 2018.

The Voice Project, which started in 2008, has been a charity since 2009, and twice won the EDP People's Choice Award at the Norfolk Arts Awards.

To find out more about how to support the crowdfunding campaign and how to join The Voice Project, visit www.voiceproject.co.uk

Do you have an arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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