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Wanted: 1000 voices!

The New Carnival Company, in partnership with the IW Music Hub and Indian cultural organisation T-HOP, are looking for school and youth vocal groups to join together to create a 1000 voice strong choral presentation on Mardi Gras day, Saturday 1st July 2017.

T-HOP have been working with pupils at Ryde Academy and Christ the King College to create and produce a new vocal piece of work based on the traditional Caribbean cross-over style of calypso and bhangra called soca-chutney.  The young people wrote the lyrics, added backing music and then overlaid the chorus line under the guidance of professional singers and music producers. The song entitled ‘Colour and Chaos’ uses some of the themes around Queen Victoria, Empress of India that will be produced in costume for the IW Mardi Gras.

On Monday 13th March, celebrated singer Yvonne Sinclair, founder of the gospel group Incognito who shot to fame following their performances on Britain’s Got Talent, will be on the Island. Yvonne will be running a free Leader training session for any groups wanting to take part on from 4.30 – 5.45pm at the Depozitory, Nelson Street, Ryde.

Chris Slann, Executive Director for the New Carnival Company explained more “the soca-chutney song created by the young people is really catchy and lots of fun to learn. We are really delighted that Yvonne will share her gospel singing skills with music leaders from across the Island to produce the largest choir we have ever seen”

Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director at the NCC added “working with the Music Hub to create an original song has really added a new dimension to Mardi Gras. The song has been commercially digitised and will be played as part of our amplified sound track on the road for all our performers to dance and sing to as they parade through the streets of Ryde. It’s going to be very loud!”

For more information about the training event with Yvonne and being part of the 1000 voices project please contact the IW Music Hub directly on 023 8083 3648

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