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Join Us

We rehearse every Thursday from 7.45pm to 10.30pm at the Veterans Club of Bexley. The address is 23 Danson Road, Bexleyheath DA6 8HA. Newcomers please note that you cannot see the hall from the road (it looks like a residential driveway) but there is a plaque for the Veterans Club on the entrance gate.

We welcome visitors at any time – you can just listen or join in. For assistance with location details please contact Kerry on 07703 355 930 or email us at enquiries@vivaacappella.co.uk

Baritones

"Seen but rarely heard. We sing the notes no one else wants but without us chords would sound empty. We also do the best party pieces!"

 

 

Tenors

"The VA Tenors are totally terrific, tuneful and tremendous - we top all the songs with twinkly tones that give you tantalising tingles!​"

 

Basses

"Affectionatley known as the men of the chorus the basses are a close-knit bunch who get over-excited on the rare occasion they get a bit of the melody" ​

 

Leads

"The leads are an excitable, loving group of Viva's who enjoy singing the melody and a good glass of wine, preferably at the same time!"

Viva Acappella is headed up by the very talented Musical Director, Gaynor Schofield

Gaynor has been directing Viva Acappella from the very beginning  in 2009, but joined her first barbershop group, Velvet Harmony as a singer in 1987, after seeing and hearing a women’s quartet on TV.  Her background had been steeped in choral tradition but found the barbershop harmonies absolutely compelling.

 

In 1991 she took on her first directing role at Velvet Harmony with absolutely no directing experience whatsoever – barbershop singers are so supportive aren’t they?  Then in 1999 Gaynor took on a new chorus Green Street Blues and was delighted to win with them, a clutch of chorus medals in the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS).

 

In 2009 Viva Acappella was born and with some incredibly talented singers on board, Gaynor was able to fulfil her dream of taking a chorus to International contest. Although competition work is an important focus for Viva Acappella, Gaynor is keen to ensure that all repertoire songs are performed to the same level and is very lucky to be working with a group of singers who are dedicated and keen to work to the same standard.  She also believes that quartet singing is at the heart of great chorus singing and makes sure that time is spent most weeks at rehearsals on this important aspect, building individuals’ confidence as singers and performers.

 

In addition to chorus work, Gaynor is an active quartet singer with two LABBS Gold medals (Sounds Familiar and Hot Note) and a regional quartet Gold medal in Sweet Adelines  Region 31 (Hot Note). She is also an active coach in the 3 British barbershop associations for choruses and quartets. In her spare time, she is a full time Learning and Development Consultant.

 

With a second International competition in Las Vegas in October 2016, it continues to be very busy for Gaynor and Viva Acappella and if you would like to see them in action, please call in at any rehearsal.

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