News, Tours and Awards

2017...

Will see Funky Voices continue to perform to raise awareness and huge amounts of money for charities local and worldwide, participate in competitions and give many wide and varied performances around the county, country and beyond! All event and competition details will be posted on our 'events' page of our website.
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Funky Voices raised £1720 hosting a charity concert for Upper GI Unit Broomfield Hospital - Mid Essex Hospital Trust, Chelmsford - May 2017


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Funky Voices performed for the Womens Institute Fair at Alexandra Palace, London - April 2017

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Funky Voices choir marathon! Red Nose Day Comic Relief March 2017

 

More information HERE

 



Funky Voices were awarded Special Recognition - by the National Entertainment Awards at the South East Entertainment Awards - March
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Classical Voices Choir - A brand new choir launched for Essex - February 2017

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Find out more HERE


Funky Voices were awarded 3rd place, commended - at East London and Stratford Musical Festival - February 2017

 

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2016

Funky Voices were awarded 1st place for the 8th time in 2016 - this time at Southend Musical Festival - November 2016

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Funky Voices performing at Sainsburys for Columbus School and College, Chelmsford and raising almost £250.00 in 45 minutes! - October 2016

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Funky Voices were awarded 1st place in 2 categories at Suffolk Choir Competition and received the Champion Choir Trophy too at Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts - October 2016

 

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Funky Voices performing for Alzheimers Society and raising £215.00 in 40 minutes! - October 2016

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Funky Voices performing for St Mungo's (Homeless Charity) and raising £125.62 in 30 minutes! - September 2016

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Funky Voices performing with Jane McDonald at The Orchard Theatre Dartford and Southend Cliffs Pavillion- September 2016

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Funky Voices are finalists for South Essex Business Awards/Essex Business Awards - August 2016

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We are so pleased to announce that we have been selected as finalists in South Essex Business Awards/Essex Business Awards... to be announced on 30th September at Cliffs Pavillion, Southend.


 

Funky Voices performing on MAIN STAGE at Brentwood Festival - July 2016

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Funky Voices presented with 1st place at Colchester Rotary Music Festival - June 2016

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Funky Voices performing and helping to raise £700 for Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party in Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens - July 2016

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Funky Voices were awarded 1st place Gold and Silver at Leigh on Sea Music Festival - July 2016

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We were placed 1st and awarded "Honours" - Gold and Silver!



Funky Voices were given 1st place at Colchester Rotary Music Festival - June 2016

 

 

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We were placed 1st in 2 choir categories and awarded "Distinction" and "Outstanding"


Funky Voices are finalists for Essex Business Awards Essex Business Awards - June 2016

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We are so pleased to announce that we have been selected as finalists in "Community Charity" for Essex Business Awards Essex Business Awards... to be announced on 1st July at Braxted Park, Witham


 

Funky Voices auditioning at "The National Choir of the Year" - April 2016

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Funky Voices winning "The People's Choice" Award a South East Entertainment Awards 2016 - April 2016

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Funky Voices Headlining at Southbank Chorus Festival, Royal Festival Hall - March 2016

 


 

Funky Voices performed with Navi - The World's No.1. Michael Jackson Tribute - March 2016

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Funky Voices performed at The London A Capella Festival - January 2016



 

Funky Voices were featured on BBC Radio 3 - December 2015


 

Funky Voices recorded "The London Sessions" album at BBC Maida Vale Studios, London - November

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Order the album "The London Sessions" HERE


 

 Funky Voices made it into the iTunes UK Charts with "Stop" single for BBC Children in Need - November

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Funky Voices release "Stop" single for BBC Children in Need (recorded at BBC Maida Vale London) - November


More information and how to download your copy HERE


 

Funky Voices gains Distinction at Chelmsford Music and Dance Festival - November

"The energy levels of this group are astonishing. Exhilarating performance!"


 

Funky Voices invited for the 9th time to perform with Brit Award winners "Blake" - November

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Funky Voices winning Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts "Champion Choir" Trophy - October

 

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Funky Voices were awarded 1st place distinction in both choir catergories entered and due to the high marks we received we were also awarded the "Champion Choir" Trophy! We are so pleased and had a great time too.


Funky Voices winning Essex Business Excellence "Community" Award" - September

 

Funky Voices​ are the winners of Essex Business Excellence "Community Award". We are all so pleased to receive such special recognition on behalf of all FV singers who give so much time and effort to community and charity projects. Well done Funkies

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 Funky Voices raising for Clic Sargent "£170 Challenge" - September

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Following our fund raising success at Camp Funky Summer Concert where we collected £250, we are supporting Clic Sargent September Childhood Awareness Month
Funky Voices, Essex and Suffolk's award-winning modern community choir are taking the £170 Challenge for CLIC Sargent Children's Cancer Charity. 
Why £170? CLIC Sargent give £170 to each family after their child is diagnosed with cancer to help with costs of petrol or parking when attending hospital appointments.                   
During this week our members 'Went Retro' and raised money by attending their rehearsals wearing their old school clothes, supporting the double denim or even dressing as their childhood hero! They also had a bake-off and broght lots of lovely cakes to sell to their friends at Funky's.
 
We smashed out target and raised... £2,225.41

 

Funky Voices Poolside Flashmob "Uptown Funk" - Barcelona


 

Funky Voices summer concert for Clic Sargent - August 2015

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Funky Voices gave a great Summer concert today to end our Summer Workshop weekender (what a weekend!) and also raised £255 for CLIC Sargent... big thank you to all that came and supported. 


Funky Voices are back supporting Blake in 2015

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We last supported the incredible "Blake" in 2012 Video HERE 
This year we will be joining them in Hornchurch, Queen's Theatre on 1st November and Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea on 19th December.


Funky Voices MD Sandra Colston has been featured in "Essex Life" Magazine - County Heroes

 

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Funky Voices are finalists in "Essex Business Excellence Awards - Community Catergory"

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We're so pleased and are already looking forward to the awards evening at Hylands House Chelmsford, Essex on September 25th.  Many thanks to all of our supporters, Essex Business Awards and The Essex Chronicle


Funky Voices at Intu Lakeside with Stacey Solomon

Following X Factor's Stacey Solomon's performance on the main stage at Intu Lakeside, Funky Voices performed to entertain shoppers and staff as part of the Centre's annual summer party event.


 

Leigh on Sea  Festival of Music and Drama - June 2015

  • Mixed Voice Choir - 90% Distinction - Gold - 1st Place

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We are proud to have also been awarded with the 1st place trophy at the Leigh on Sea Music Festival this year with our performances and arrangements including  Snow Patrol's Chasing Police Cars and Michael Jackson's Thriller.  We received outstanding feedback and were awarded distinction for our overall performance.


 

Performing at Camden Market, London - May 2015

It was great to be involved in the Voices Now Festival this year alongside multiple choirs and vocal ensemble groups from across the Country.  Amazing audience, great location!  We will definitely be back! 


 

Colchester Rotary Festival of Music and Dance - June 2015

  • Open Choir - 91% Oustanding - 1st Place
  • Vocal Ensemble - 90% Outstanding - 1st Place
     

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Singers from Funky Voices won the 'Open Choir' class amongst several other local choirs on 21st June 2015 as well as also winning the 'Vocal Ensemble' category too.  Following two wins and excellent adjudicator feedback, Funky Voices were then asked to perform within the Festival Finale/Awards Evening where they were also presented with their trophy!


 

Please vote for us!

To win a chance to feature on a new Official England Rugby single in 2015

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We're through to the voting round for the 2015
Essex Mums Awards! Everyone get voting.

Vote for Funky Voices for an Essex Mums Award!
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  • Best Independent Group/Class 
  • Outstanding Group/Class Leader 
  • Special Contribution to the Community
     

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Funky Voices MD Sandra Colston at HM The Queen's Garden Party, Buckingham Palace - May 2015

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Our Musical Director Sandra was recently presented with an invitation to attend the Queen's Royal Garden Party for recognition of Funky Voices and the impact it has had on the local community.   


 

Funky Voices winning performance at "The International Choral Festival"  in Barcelona - May 2015

Over 160 singers from Funky Voices took part in the Festival where they performed alongside and competed against multiple choirs from across the globe.  As part of the Festival, Funky Voices were given the opportunity to perform in some of the City's most iconic performance locations including popular music venue Palau de la Musica in Central Barcelona.  Funky Voices were later awarded for having the 'best conductor' and for being the 'best overall choir' of the entire festival bringing the trophy home for Essex and the UK!


 

Funky Voices perform at "Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre" - April 2015


It was great to be a part of the Chorus Festival at London's Southbank Centre again this year.  It's a fantastic event and it was an amazing opportunity to be one of the only choir's invited to perform in the Royal Festival Hall. 


 

Funky Voices sing with "Joe McElderry" for "Evolution Tour" - April 2015

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Funky Voices were personally invited to join X Factor's Joe McElderry live on stage on Saturday 11th April at Princes Theatre, Clacton and on Sunday 12th April at The Harlow Playhouse as part of his Evolution Tour.  



Funky Voices sing on the Catwalk at "The Ideal Home Show" - April 2015

After performances for several years running at the Christmas Ideal Home Show, Funky Voices were invited this year, by the production team, to perform on the Catwalk stage at the Spring Ideal Home Show where their performance drew in masses of visitors attending the show.  



Funky Voices sing with "Richard and Adam" for "A Night at the Movies" - March 2015

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Funky Voices were invited to support Britain's Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam at Southend's Cliffs Pavilion.  As well as singing The Impossible Dream and Can you feel the love tonight with Richard and Adam, Funky Voices were also asked to sing their Take That medley within the show.  'Another challenge met, an enjoyable night and my choir always amazes me how versatile they are'  Sandra Colston (Musical Director)



Funky Voices do #makeyourfacefunnyformoney for Red Nose Day Comic Relief - March 2015

Funky Voices for Red Nose Day Comic Relief 2015 30th Anniversary, so we sang songs from 1985!

All information HERE

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Funky Voices do #wearitbeatit for British Heart Foundation - February 2015

Funky Voices dedicated a week raising for British Heart Foundation #wearitbeatit. Check out what we got upto in our video:

We "beat" our total from last year by wearing red throughout all rehearsals, baking and selling cakes, raffles and raising lots of well needed money for this great charity 

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Stratford and East London Music Festival - February 2015

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        Funky Voices were asked to help in the making of the Y NOT FESTIVAL promo video - February 2015



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          Funky Voices do #Caroloke for The Children's Society - December 2014

          Performance footage was taken from our 2014 winter concerts in Colchester, Romford, Rayleigh and Chelmsford to create our Caroloke! The video was shared across our social media pages to raise funds for The Children's Society.


          Funky Voices are now World Record Breakers

          We took part in World Busk Day for Musequality on 11th June 2014 amongst 871 other participants across 21 different venues worldwide.  It has now been confirmed that we successfully contributed to the Guinness World Record for the 'Largest Busk at Multiple Venues'.

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          Funky Voices were finalists in the 'Community Private' category - December 2014

          Recognized for our continual contribution to the community through charity performances, fundraising and entertaining the local community.  Also awarded for the positive effect Funky Voices has had on it's members since the choir was founded in 2007.   

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          Southend Competitive Music Festival - November 2014

          • Mixed Voice Choir - Honours - 2nd place
          • Community Choir - Honours - 2nd place


          Performance at The Pride of Essex Awards - November 25th 2014

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          More than 80 singers from Funky Voices attended and performed at the ceremony which was held at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford campus.  We performed a number of feel-good inspirational tracks, medleys and mash ups which had the audience gripped throughout.  As well as this, the choir also performed Bring Him Home and the Pride of Essex anthem alongside Britain's Got Talent star, Micky Dumoulin.



          Funky Voices supported G4 at The Barbican, London - November 17th 2014

          Following our performance alongside G4's Jonathan Ansell at The Princes Theatre in Clacton, April '14, we were then personally invited to join vocal group G4 at their 10 year anniversary reunion concert at The Barbican, London.  We performed our own half hour set pre show as well as singing multiple songs alongside G4 themselves and soprano Charlotte Jaconelli within the show.  Amazing atmosphere and audience! 



          Children In Need - Funkies Tour Essex in 1 Day! - November 8th 2014

          See how we got on with donations, our whole project, video, photos, BBC1 news and BBC1 Children in Need HERE

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          We were awarded 1st place choir trophy at Chelmsford Music Festival - November 7th 2014

          The adjudicators were extremely impressed and gave highly rewarding feedback for our performances at the Chelmsford competitive festival of Music, speech and Drama 2014.  We sang our 'Elton Medley' and 'Ordinary People' and were awarded for our continuous energy and enthusiasm throughout.

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          Southend Business Awards - Charity and Community Work Finalists - October 2014



          A Hat trick of Awards in Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts - October 2014

          We received two 1st place awards as well as being rewarded as the 'best overall choir of the night'!  We were delighted to have been asked to sing at the Festival's Gala Concert at Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge on Sunday 16th November, 2pm to also receive our trophy.  

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          Performing/supporting X Factor's Marcus Collins at Princes Theatre, Clacton - October 2014

          Funky Voices were asked personally by Marcus and his manager to support his tour performance at The Princes Theatre, Clacton.  We performed our own set pre show as well as performing alongside Marcus in his show finale!  Fantastic audience reaction!  We hope to work alongside Marcus again in the future.

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          'Ordinary People' Album Recording Day at Braintree Arts Theatre - September 2014

          The recording of our brand new album 'Ordinary People' took place at Braintree Arts Theatre on 28th September 2014.  The album is now available to order at our online shop - click HERE



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          Performing/supporting Jonathan Ansell at Princes Theatre, Clacton - April 2014

          Jonathan invited us to support his show at The Princes Theatre in Clacton after coming across our website and YouTube channel online.  We were asked by Jonathan to perform our own short set within the first half of the concert and then went on to join him in a number of songs.  Jonathan was so impressed after hearing the choir in sound check/rehearsal that he asked us to join him with a further 2 songs in the set on the night, with an hour to go before the show!  




          Performing at Brownstock Festival - August 31st 2014

          Funky Voices labelled the highlight of the entertainment line up by festival goers - video below definitely a MUST SEE for audience reaction!



          Performing on ITV for Le Tour de France

          Funky Voices were chosen by ITV Anglia to represent Le Tour De France in Essex. See here performing on LIVE TV during their 30 minute programme filmed in Saffron Walden. 



          Camp Funky - August 2014


          For all future Camp Funky dates and details about how you can also be involved, please CLICK HERE 



          Sky News - June 2014

          Whilst performing at Potters Field Park London for Munch Street Food Festival in June we also had a visit from Sky News (shown on television later that day):



          Colchester Rotary Music Festival - July 2014 
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          New York City Tour - 24-27th May 2014

          Performances at BB King Blues Club and Grill

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          Entertainment in Central Park by dancers The 'Positive Brothers' who our MD Sandra and tutor Annie got called upon to dance with in front of the mass audience! Check out the video: 

          Ellen's Stardust Diner, Washington Square Park

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          Britain's Got Talent Audition - February 2014

          britains-got-talent   As mentioned in the TV Times Magazine, Funky Voices was the
             largest act to audition for Britain's Got Talent this
             year with 125 singers! Please keep watching this year's series of
             Britain's Got Talent to see our audition process. We
             had a fantastic time at The Hammersmith Apollo earlier this year
             where we filmed for the new series and could not
             fault the organisation and hospitality given by the Britain's Got
             Talent crew and team.

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          Stratford and East London Music Festival - Amateur Choir - Commended - February 2014



          2013


           

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          An overview of 2013

          We toured in Berlin and Ireland performing in some outstanding and also unusual venues including Berlin Philharmonic and Giant's Causeway and came back with trophies too! Gained 4 1st place trophies as choir winners in UK competitions. We performed at multiple local venues and events raising thousands for many different charities throughout the year including raising £600+ for The Childrens Heart Federation at Trafalgar Square during our 40 minute set at Christmas. Performances at The Ideal Home Show, Southbank Centre, Duke Of Essex Polo Grand Prix on the VIP stage, Pride of Essex Awards (where we performed for Sam Callahan and Rick Wakeman!), Camden Roundhouse with Imogen Heap,  Barleylands, Colchester Zoo, Intu Lakeside, Jimmy's Farm, carnivals, flashmobs and Christmas Lights. We also had the privilege of being invited to perform at Glow, Bluewater with Musical Theatre star Kerry Ellis and Blake; both such amazing experiences. The list is endless. We were personally invited to most of these, which reflects on the professionalism and quality of our performances.

          Recording Day - HIGHER!

          Over 300 Funky singers recorded our brand new album 'HIGHER' on Sunday 13th October at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester. Lots of fun was had by all on the day where we had the honour of singing with 300 Gary Barlows and 300 Lionel Richies while recording 'All Night Long' and our 'Take That Medley'. Both looked visually fantastic! Check out our Gary Barlow VIDEO!

          We also helped to raise awareness for Breast Cancer by bringing in bras and purple items of clothing. Video available HERE to view. The video was sent out to all Breast Cancer awareness groups who were overwhelmed by our support and some even asked if they could use our video in their future campaigns.

          Higher-001    All of our albums are available at the Funky Voices Shop - Click HERE to visit the
              shop. Albums also available to download on iTunes HERE



           



          Our Awards in 2013

          - Southend Business Awards - Charity and Community Work Finalists - October 2013
          - Southend Music Festival:
           Premier Class Choirs - 1st Place Distinction - Awarded "The Challenge Shield"
           Mixed Voice Choir - 2nd Place
           Show/Glee Choir - 1st Place Distinction 

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          - Chelmsford Festival of Music and Drama - Open Choir - Distinction
          - Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Hatfields Cup for Choir - 1st Place choir distinction
          - Stratford and East London -The Throne Challenge Cup 1st place choir distinction
          - Barnardos National Choir Competition - Distinction

          Our Awards

          - City of Derry International Choral Festival - October 2014

          - Ongar Rotary Choir Festival

          - International Pop Choir Festival Berlin 2013 - Best Repertoire and Best Conductor



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          2012



          Our Awards in 2012

          - Stratford and East London Music Festival - Amateur Choir - Distinction
          - Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Ongar Trophy Cup 1st place choir
          - Southend Musical Festival Show Choirs/Glee Club 1st place Gold
          - Southend Musical Festival Premier Class Choirs - Honours
          - Pride of Essex Award 2012 - Chelmsford Star Co op, Unsung Hero - Highly Commended
          - Heart Essex Heros 2012 - Sandra Colston (Musical Director) Winner of The Inspirational Award 2012

                 

          - Choir of the Year - Highly Commended 



          Touring Plans

          Funky Voices have been invited to take part in the International Popchoir Festival in Berlin from the Wednesday, 1st – Sunday, 5th May 2013. We will be competing against five other modern choirs from Germany, Netherlands and the Isle of Wight in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonic and also taking part in an Open Air Concert in the Tiergarten Friedrichsfelde (Greenwich Promenade).



          Performances

          2012 has been a tremendously busy year of gigs in which we have taken part in more than 130 events which reflects on the professionalism and quality of our performances, fantastic!



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          2011



          Performances

          March saw Funky Voices singers from across the whole of Essex perform at a new event for Marie Curie Cancer Care. This was a sing-a-thon which took place in different towns in Essex enabling members from each Funky Voices choir to take part in their own location.

          In August we hit the big time with a performance at none other than The London Palladium! This was a mass choir concert and was definitely one of the highlights of our calendar this year.

          In September and back by popular demand we took part once again in Row for a Reason Maldon, followed by a first for Funky Voices in October with a trip to the Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts.



          Our Awards 2011

          - Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Hatfields Cup for Choir - 2nd Place choir Commended
          - Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Ongar Trophy Cup 1st place choir Honours
          - Stratford and East London Music Festival - Amateur Choir - Distinction
          - Southend Musical Festival Show Mixed Voice Choirs 1st place Honours



          2010



          Competitions/Awards 2010

          We started the year back in February with our first competition; The East London and Stratford Music Festival. A win for the choir and straight onto the next thing! 2010 was a big year all round but nothing more so than the privilege of taking part in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year award. We successfully got through to perform in Milton Keynes for the regional heats. The results of the day were fantastic too as we had made it through to the quarter finals! Our Choir of the Year efforts ended there unfortunately but not before we really did experience the ultimate compliment of being played on the Choir of the Year programme on BBC Radio 3!

          The Colchester Music Festival was another chance for us to show what we can do and it did not fail to impress with another win. Eventually November was upon us again and the double music festival season with both Chelmsford and Southend music festivals. A win for Chelmsford and a 2nd place for Southend finished off our yearly competitions in true style!

          Our Awards..

          - Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Hatfields Cup for Choir - 1st Place choir
          - Stratford and East London -The Throne Challenge Cup 1st place choir
          - Southend Musical Festival Show Mixed Voice Choirs - Distinction
          - Choir of the Year - Highly Commended  - Quarter Finals



          The Funky Voices Show

          In June, Funky Voices came together from every group to take part in our annual show; Funky Voices The Show 2010. Another great experience with the chance to meet all the other Funky Voices singers from across the county, as well as put on an outstanding show for two packed out audiences.



          Performances

          Funky Voices performed at both the Havering Music Show and The Essex County Show both of which were great events. Nothing shows our years success more than the endless calls and emails we get daily to perform at various Christmas events. Last year there were three opportunities for the choir to perform to the public in these events, this year Funky Voices will be performing at nine separate events which we think is a true reflection of how fantastic our singers are.


          Funky Voices Success


          2010 saw the addition of 3 brand new Funky Voices choirs. Due to popular demand in Chelmsford, a second choir group was introduced into the community earlier in the year. November also saw us cross the border and take Funky Voices to Suffolk. Our new Ipswich group opened on the 1st of November, closely followed by our second Colchester group. Both of these are now thriving, with enthusiastic groups of Funky singers.



          2009



          Our Awards 2009

          - Norfolk County Music Festival - Mixed Choirs - Highly Commended
          - Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Hatfields Cup for Choir - 1st Place choir
          - Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Open Choir - Honours



          2008



          Competitions/Awards

          -Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Adult Choir - 2nd Place choir – Commended
          -Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Ensemble Open - 2nd Place choir – Commended
          -Sudbury Festival of Music Speech and Dance - Adult Choir - 2nd Place commended
          -Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Choral Groups Open - 2nd place choir Distinction
          -Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Popular Song Open - 1st place choir Distinction



          Performances

          Funky Voices took part in various local events including St Helena Hospice/Currys Fundraiser, St Helena Hospice/Tescos Fundraiser and at Charter Hall, Colchester with Colchester School of Dance.



          2007



          Our Awards

          - Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Popular Song Open - 1st place choir Distinction
          - Chelmsford Music and Arts Festival Open Choirs - 2nd place place choir Distinction
          - Colchester Rotary Music Festival - Adult Choir - 1st Place choir - Commended