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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 Denise on 07950 144507 or email us at enquiries@vivaacappella.co.uk

 

Travelling by public transport

 

Train

Direct trains go to Bexleyheath Station from London Cannon Street, London Bridge, London Waterloo East, London Charing Cross and London Victoria, then a 15-20 minute walk to the venue.

 

Bus

The following bus services stop within walking distance (5 minutes) of the Hall:

B14 (Bexleyheath to Orpington)

486 (Bexleyheath to North Greenwich)

89 (Lewisham to Slade Green)

96 (Woolwich to Bluewater)

B16 (Bexleyheath to Kidbrooke)

 

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

 

Basses

"Affectionately 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 Vivas 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 she found that barbershop harmonies were absolutely compelling.

 

In 1991 she took on her first directing role at Velvet Harmony with absolutely no previous directing experience whatsoever – barbershop singers are so supportive, aren’t they? Then, in 1999, Gaynor took on a new chorus, Green Street Blues, and under her direction the chorus was delighted to win with a clutch of chorus medals in the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS). In a fun and roundabout way, it is a current Viva member, Ros Kipps, who has now taken on the directorship at Green Street Blues!

 

In 2009, Viva Acappella was born. With some incredibly talented singers on board, Gaynor was able to fulfil her dream of taking a chorus to the 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. Many of our members sing in regularly competing quartets - for further information, visit our Quartets page.

 

In addition to her work with Viva Acappella, Gaynor is the Musical Director of a further two choruses (Stellar Acappella in Ipswich and Chorus Iceni in Colchester), 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), and an active coach in all three British barbershop associations for choruses and quartets. In her "spare time" (!), she is a full time Learning and Development Consultant.

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