Quintet prepares to wow Alnwick crowd

Black Voices.
Black Voices.

The Playhouse will be filled with the soaring sounds of gospel, pop and traditional music as an acclaimed quintet perform on Saturday night.

Alnwick will play host to Black Voices, an a cappella group who perform songs from a repertoire which they describe as a carefully-woven tapestry, covering a broad spectrumof musical styles and they continually add new threads of colour to their rich fabric of oral music.

Their performances and unique brand of a cappella include traditional African, Caribbean and English folk songs, jazz, gospel, pop and reggae, in a truly harmonic blend that celebrates their rich African, Caribbean and British heritage yet transcends gender, race, age or religious persuasion.

It’s a sound that they have consistently honed over two decades and has seen them tour throughout the world, sharing stages with greats like Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Take 6 and Wynton Marsalis, as well as entertaining the late Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela and the British Royal Family.

It is their first visit to Alnwick, but on their last performance in the North East, within Black Voices’ line-up was one of today’s hottest new UK talents, Laura Mvula, who since then has launched a highly successful solo career with her debut album Sing to the Moon.

Laura makes a stop on her UK tour at the Volvo Mill Theatre in Newcastle on Tuesday, October 1, at 8 pm.

Black Voices perform at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £16.50, £15.50 conc or £17.50 premier.

And on the same day, they are holding a workshop from 2pm to 4pm.

The preservation and promotion of black oral music traditions are the focus of the singing workshops they have led for more than 25 years, which cover traditional African, Caribbean, spirituals, gospel and folk music.

Tickets for the workshop are only £7 if seeing the show, or £10 otherwise.