Monthly Archives: June 2017


Sense of Sound Singers in Hannover

Sense of Sound Singers, led by Jennifer John, travelled to Hannover mid-June to perform at ‘Chortage Hannover’, a choir festival funded and supported by Unesco. Both Liverpool and Hannover are Unesco cities of music, which is how our trip came about. We had a fantastic weekend and have come away feeling creatively-nourished and inspired!

The singers involved were Jennifer John, Perri Alleyne-Hughes, Emily Jackson, Mersey Wylie, Dionne McHugh, Joanne Head, Kev Grannell and myself. Our intention was to create a set that showcased all our voices and a set that had a narrative tackling the current political climate.

On Saturday 17th June, we performed at Galerie Herrenhausen alongside a number of fabulous German choirs. The quality and quantity of vocal groups in Hannover was astounding! We were the final act of the first of a double-header of concerts and we performed the following set to a sellout crowd –

Woman (written & arranged by Mersey Wylie, lead vocal: Mersey Wylie)
Sign O’ The Times (by Prince / arranged by Jennifer John, lead vocal: Kev Grannell)
Bluebird (written & arranged by Jennifer John, lead vocal: Jennifer John)
Then (written & arranged by Perri Alleyne-Hughes, lead vocal: Perri Alleyne-Hughes)
Sewing The Seeds Of Love (by Tears for Fears / arranged by Emily Jackson, lead vocal: Emily Jackson)

The following afternoon we were lucky enough to perform a joint concert with Sub5, a wonderful five-piece a cappella choir from Hannover. This concert took place at Pauluskirche, again to a full audience. We performed a longer set including the majority of the songs we sang the day before along with the following –

Hurts (by Emeli Sande / arranged by Matt Lammin, lead vocal: Dionne McHugh)
What’s Goin’ On/What’s Happening’ Brother/Inner City Blues (by Marvin Gaye / arranged by Emily Jackson, lead vocal: Emily Jackson)
Orion (written & arranged by Perri Alleyne-Hughes, lead vocal: Perri Alleyne-Hughes)
I’d Rather Go Blind (by Etta James / arranged by Jennifer John, lead vocal: Joanne Head)
Never Say Never (by Basement Jaxx / arranged by Jennifer John, lead vocal: Matt Lammin)

Click HERE to visit and follow Sub5 on Facebook!
Click HERE to visit the official Chortage Hannover website.

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OVER THE WATER Acoustic Session 1 – Don’t Let Waterfalls Go Diggity

Over the next four weeks in the lead-up to our appearance on BBC One’s Pitch Battle (confirmed for Saturday 8th July, 7.30pm), Over The Water will be releasing four acoustic session videos. The first one has been released today and it’s a mash-up featuring snippets from Don’t Let Go (En Vogue), You Might Need Somebody (Shola Ama), No Diggity (Backstreet), Waterfalls (TLC) and This Is How We Do It (Montell Jordan).

The session was recorded at Elevator Recording Studios in Liverpool (@Elevator_Record) by Tom Loach and filmed by Ged Hunter and Andy Schonfelder from Hart Hunter Productions. The film was then produced by the amazing Ged!

Click HERE to visit Ged’s website and to find out more about him and the amazing work he does.

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Chortage Hannover

Sense of Sound Singers will be showcasing a full set of new a cappella arrangements at the ‘Chortage Hannover’ festival in Germany alongside many other critically-acclaimed vocal groups. The arrangements have been penned by Jennifer John, Perri Alleyne-Hughes, Mersey Wylie, Emily Jackson and myself.

Our first concert will be at Galerie Herrenhausen on Saturday 17th June will run from 6pm until late and it will feature a whole host of international vocal groups.

Our second concert will take place at Pauluskirche, a church in Hannover. This concert features ourselves and a fantastic German quintet called ‘Sub5’. We will be collaborating with them on the Gospel song, ‘Deep River’. This concert will start at 2pm.

This particular incarnation of Sense of Sound Singers will feature Jennifer John, Perri Alleyne-Hughes, Emily Jackson, Dionne McHugh, Mersey Wylie, Kev Grannell, Jo Head and myself.

Our setlists for the concerts will feature the following material –

What‘s Going On – by Marvin Gaye – lead vocal by Emily Jackson
Bluebird – by Jennifer John – lead vocal by Jennifer John
Never Say Never – by Basement Jaxx – Lead vocal by Matt Lammin
Hurts – by Emili Sande – Lead vocal by Dionne McHugh
I Would Rather Go Blind – by Etta James – Lead vocal Joanne Head
Orion – by Perri Alleyne – Hughes – Lead vocal Perri Alleyne – Hughes
Woman – by Mersey Wylie – Lead vocal by Mersey Wylie
Sign Of The Times – by Prince Nelson – Lead vocal by Kevin Grannell
Backroom – by Jennifer John – Lead vocal Jennifer John
Case Of You – by Joni Mitchell – Lead vocal Matt Lammin
Sowing The Seeds of Love – by Tears for Fears – Lead vocal Emily Jackson
Then – Lead vocal Perri Alleyne-Hughes

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Sgt Pepper At 50

The Luminelles had the pleasure of performing at the start of the launch of Sgt Pepper At 50 on Thursday 1st June. We sang ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ segued into ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ while stood next to the statue of Ken Dodd at Liverpool Lime Street Station as a large group of journalists arrived to cover the event.

Click HERE to watch a short video of the performance!

The festival is organised by Culture Liverpool (@CultureLpool) and there are plenty more fantastic events happening over the course of the next few weeks. Click HERE to visit the official website for the festival.

As well as the Luminelles, we also had a few special guests from Over The Water in amongst the group. We were also very lucky to have Chris Watson (in a very special shirt) accompanying on guitar!

Thanks to Jennifer John for commissioning us for the work.

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