Young people gathered at More Music in Morecambe on Sunday 27th June for the first in a pair of "A Capella Beatbox Masterclass" days, aimed at recruiting new members for the Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble (LYVE).
The session, led by Lancashire Music Hub's Singing Leader Emma Williams and More Music's Ashley Murphy, recruited young singers aged 13-18 for an intensive day of part singing, harmony writing, beat making and creating arrangements. They even made their own video; recording a song they had just rehearsed as a group that same day! You can see it below:
Some of the young vocalists, from across the Lancaster and Morecambe area are existing members of LYVE who rehearse weekly at More Music and gig regularly around the region. They worked alongside students who had not tried this type of work before.
"We like to think LYVE is unique in its fusion of styles and the way we work" said Emma Williams, "The onus is on the young vocalists to construct new versions and arrangements of familiar music, alongside new original ideas. This creates an exciting, and challenging way of singing within an ensemble"
Mischka Andrews was new to LYVE and said "I came on Sunday, because I love to sing and experiencing new things. I met lots of wonderful people and learnt much more about A Capella singing"
Beatboxing, rapping and lyric writing also feature heavily in what LYVE do as Ashley Murphy explained: "The determination and work ethic for the whole day was fantastic. To see a choir have everyone incorporating beatboxing into their performance was a particular highlight. They started out as a group who had just met and came out as a choir with their own music video!"