Earlier this year, a number of our singers descended on Parr Street Studios to sing Jennifer John’s vocal arrangement of the orchestral chaos from The Beatles’ ‘A Day In The Life’. It was a surreal experience and like no other recording session I have been involved in before! The recording was done to accompany a video commissioned by Liverpool City Council. Click below to watch a rough cut of the video –
Day In The Life
The below information is from the brand new Love Sings website, created by Jennifer John and Jazamin Sinclair with photos by Matt Ford, Jo Roberts and Neil Kendall.
Love Sings is the brainchild of creative director Jennifer John. In her many years as co-founder of the award winning music company Sense of Sound she has trained, developed and inspired thousands of singers and choirs in her hometown, Liverpool, nationally and internationally. This latest venture aims to bring people together through massed singing events.
Jennifer says: “It’s one of the magical gifts in life that easily unites us socially, creatively and spiritually. People love to sing in all kinds of scenarios and the natural resonance that group singing creates, guides people into a safe familiarity and closeness that stays with them profoundly even when the singing has stopped. People who sing together especially in choirs become families of choice and it’s powerful. My aim, through the creation and development of singing initiatives and projects, is to bring people and communities together naturally and joyfully.”
Matt Baker is a multi-talented professional – with masses of music and theatre experience working with people of all ages from within the profession and in many communities. As artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, artist for the International Schools Theatre Association, musical director for A Handbag of Harmonies, composer of many theatre productions across the country including Chester Mystery Plays 2003 – 2018, professional actor and all-round entertainer, Matt’s talents are always in high demand.
At the heart of much of Matt’s work is music, in particular singing. Matt inspires people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to enjoy the power of singing together. He runs singing workshops of all scales, from large scale national conferences and town squares to school playgrounds and village halls.
Matt says: “It is always an enormous joy to ignite a space with the joy of song, harmony and movement, whether that is a stadium or a cathedral, a street or a school hall. The power of singing can bring people together, fill people with joy, let people tell their stories, or enable people to celebrate who they are, remember times past or dream of a brighter future.”
Matt Lammin is a versatile musical maestro with a wealth of experience in many facets of the musical world, and he is constantly in demand. He is a musician, vocalist, arranger, composer and musical director.
Matt’s love of music stems from being brought up within a musical family; he went on to study Music and Popular Music at the University of Liverpool and obtained his Masters degree in Music Performance (Popular Vocals & Piano) at The University of Salford. His true passion and commitment to music came when he joined Sense of Sound Singers in 2005. With Sense of Sound Singers, Matt has performed on BBC television, provided backing vocals for and collaborated with a number of critically acclaimed artists, and he has also provided musical direction on an array of high profile projects.
Matt is highly regarded as a vocal arranger and his choir arrangements are performed all over the globe. His commissions have included composing a piece for a choir in Pennsylvania and being flown over for the world premiere performance of it.
Matt is also a part-time music classroom teacher and singing teacher at Birkenhead High School Academy, which is a specialist music academy. He invests a huge amount of energy and passion to the students there and has established high quality ensembles and developed innovative and professional performance opportunities.
Matt says: “There are so many things that I love about music but there is nothing quite as special as people coming together to sing. It empowers people, it builds bonds between people and it requires people to let their guard down and trust each other. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what the world needs right now!”
Earlier this year, I assembled a brand new vocal group featuring 20 fantastic, diverse singers. We are called ‘Over The Water. Roughly half the group is from Liverpool and the half is from ‘over the water’ in Wirral! The singers were all drawn from the ‘Matt Lammin & Friends’ group that get together every year to perform at Christmas, collaborating with string players.
I’m excited to announce that ‘Over The Water’ will soon be appearing on BBC One’s brand new show, Pitch Battle. The show is an exciting and vibrant format and it will feature top vocal groups from around the country. Judged by Gareth Malone and Kelis alongside weekly guest judges including Seal, Joe Jonas and Will Young, the show promises to be an action-packed, refreshing Saturday Night music show. Pitch Battle also features Mel Giedroyc as the presenter and Deke Sharon as music director.
The OTW singers involved are –
In February, I had the real privilege of directing 160 singers at The BBC Worldwide Showcase at the Liverpool Echo Arena. We circled around the venue and performed music by Hans Zimmer with underwater scenes from Planet Earth as our backdrop! It was an ethereal experience and a real special moment across the whole arena.
A number of choirs were brought together by Jennifer John from Sense of Sound to form one super-choir! These choirs included Sense of Sound Singers, The Bebington Bittermen, The Luminelles, Kaboodle Community Choir, Platonix, Up For Arts and Sunlight Unplugged.
Back in March, eight Sense of Sound Singers performed at the launch of the British Music Experience, which is a fantastic permanent attraction based at Liverpool’s Cunard Buildings. I would thoroughly recommend visiting!!
At the event, we performed songs by huge British artists such as Sting, Elton John and The Real Thing.
To read more about the launch event and to find out more about The BME, click HERE.