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Jambone and Quay Voices Residential in Whitby

Posted on 27 February 2017

Jambone and Quay Voices Residential in Whitby – Day One

Jambone and Quay Voices set off from Sage Gateshead this morning for their February residential and Whitby is where they were heading. It was a sunny journey through the North York Moors with 37 young musicians until storm Doris came blustering in!

Nice to know we were all cosy and warm in Sneaton Castle. We all did some social activities before getting stuck into rehearsals working on repertoire for this term. This includes Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert which is the summer project seeing Jambone and Quay Voices working collaboratively. Hearing beautiful choral harmony coming from the Bede hall, and the wonderful jazz saxophones sounding out from the Hilda room we were sure to have a great few days of music making ahead!

Jambone and Quay Voices Residential in Whitby – Day Two

Day two at Sneaton Castle and everyone was ready for a day of rehearsing after a full breakfast. We started with a group warmup with Matt Beckingham before both ensembles got stuck into note bashing! At lunch we welcomed Zoe Gilby and Anna Appleby, PRSF artists working with us this year.

Zoe spent the afternoon rehearsing and singing with Jambone and Anna joined Quay Voices learning her newly written piece. After dinner and pudding we had our infamous quiz night and then a jam session with some Quay Voices singers taking to the mic to sing along to Jambone!

Jambone and Quay Voices Residential in Whitby – Day Three

Today we visited Whitby, a good walk around town to get the legs stretched and the lungs full of sea air! The free time in Whitby was topped and tailed by rehearsals in Sneaton Castle with Jambone working on repertoire for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Anna Appleby continued to work with Quay Voices on her new piece ‘Speak Out’ and the choir split in to sectionals.

There was a chance to have a swing rhythm workshop with Paul in the evening before Jambone and Quay Voices got together to sing through Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert.