CitySound Voices will be featured on
BBC Radio 3 The Choir programme in Meet My Choir.
Tune in on
Sunday 24th January 2016
to hear us!
We are delighted to be sharing this concert with KES Soul!
KES Soul – Conductor Mark Boden
James Brennan, Will Denny, Mathew Chapman, Emma Jones, George le Coyte, Molly Phillips, Isabella Tann, Theo West, Benji Heffer, Adam Dudley-Friar, Charlotte Ghali, Bella Antcliff, Max Antcliff, Billy Harman, Bea Jones, Alba Hubbard, Edward Satterthwaite, Sophie Mayhew, Holly Davies, Gemma Roper, Lottie Phillips, Alasdair Meehan, Louis Miltion, Fran Barrett, August Pemberton, Jack Morgan Alex Llewellyn.
We are CitySound Voices, around 30 singers who decided in 2012 that we wanted to form ourselves into a new choir. It has been an exciting journey. We knew that we wanted to sing as varied a repertoire as possible – everything from Monteverdi to Bohemian Rhapsody. We hope that our name CitySound shows that we are not rooted in any particular musical tradition.
We also knew that we wanted to be as good as possible, and were prepared to work hard at our rehearsals. We were lucky to persuade Australia-born Ruth McKibbin, now an enthusiastic resident of Somerset, to take us on. As our Musical Director she brings together her own experiences as chorister, operatic soloist and teacher, and insists on wasting no opportunity to develop our vocal technique and our musical sensitivity.
Joining together to make music is surely one of the finest things a community can do. We like to perform with other choirs, especially young musicians.
Ben Cullum – CitySound Review
“CitySound was formed 3 years ago and their repertoire consists of a wide range of songs. From Billy Joel, Mercury to Mancini, Carol King to Jamie Cullum, Pucini, Verdi to Lauridsen – they certainly sing from an impressive and varied songbook.
I was very happy to be part of the audience at two Christmas concerts where I heard them perform secular pieces and even pop & jazz in the first half, followed by traditional and more unusual seasonal items in the second. I was extremely impressed by their ability and range. Though a relatively new choir they always strive to deliver a professional performance, whilst their ultimate desire is to entertain. And entertain is certainly what they do!”
CitySound are accomplished singers with many years’ experience of entertaining, both nationally and internationally.
CitySound has a wide range of music and our repertoire ranges from Mozart to Bohemian Rhapsody, Opera Choruses to Gospel and African songs.
Since making Somerset her home in 2006, Australian soprano and choral conductor Ruth McKibbin established a reputation for musical and stylistic sensitivity which has been in demand by local choirs and in opera productions. Ruth has collaborated with international musicians such as Baka Beyond and Jamie Cullum.
Ruth describes herself as a “singer’s conductor”. Her rehearsal methods bring together her experience and expertise as a chorister, soloist and teacher. Ruth is delighted to be invited to conduct CitySound and is committed to performing challenging and diverse repertoire and developing excellence in technique and interpretation.
Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Music (1992), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (1995) from The University of Queensland and Master of Music Education degree (2005) from James Cook University, Australia.
Take a listen to ‘Deep River’ performed by CitySound Voices:
Courage Youth Choir
C.Y.C (Courage Youth Choir) is a youth Glee Choir that rehearses on Friday afternoons at the Wiltshire Music Centre. With conductor, Felicity Courage, the group of 12-18 years olds learn to perform every style of music, whilst putting their own twist on harmonies. C.Y.C sing in four part harmony and there are some incredible voices in the group.
This is a new musical venture for young and local singers and C.Y.C. are looking for new members and performing opportunities to increase their experience.