Viva Acappella is a proud member chapter of Sweet Adelines Region 31 Quartet of Nations, the UK & the Netherlands branch of the worldwide organisation Sweet Adelines International.
The chorus has competed in the national Region 31 contest almost every year since it began and even made history winning the Gold medal as a Small chorus in 2012. It has also competed in various other competitions, from as local as the Maidstone Music Festival and Top Choir of Kent, to as large as the Sweet Adelines International contest (three times, in Hawaii, Las Vegas and New Orleans) and representing Region 31 in the European Barbershop Convention in 2017.
It may be a cliché, but being in a chorus like ours feels like having a huge, supportive extended family. We love to spend time with each other, even when we are not singing. From celebrating our sucess at convention, to creative fundraising events, to simply laughing and joking together at rehearsals each week, we love to have fun!
We have had the privilege of working with a number of incredibly talented coaches over our last decade, who are always very generous with their time and expertise. We are particularly grateful to Doug Harrington, who has been coaching the chorus regularly since 2012, and knows exactly how to add some musical magic to our contest repertoire. We are also very lucky to have a gifted coach in front of the chorus every week, in the form of our Musical Director, Gaynor Schofield.
Viva has had the privilege of performing at numerous events and occasions over the last decade, and for a wide variety of audiences. Some members have dressed as builders and waiters for surprise flash mob performances, we have sung alongside numerous quartets and choruses iin joint concerts, and we have celebrated a lot of birthdays, weddings and parties. In 2017, the chorus hit a Viva landmark with its first own central London concert on Oxford Street, featuring World Mixed Quartet Champions Double Date and BABS Champions Portobello Road. In 2018, our members even began a busking campaign to help our fundraising efforts. Viva loves every opportunity to sing, whenever, wherever and for whomever!
Have a look at some of the outfits we have worn over the years. We have a Viva look for everything, from our 'walkout' gear (casual outfits worn when out and about representing the chorus, such as during a coaching session or at convention), to our concert outfits and full competition get-ups.
Viva is a chorus full of talent, as can be seen in the number of quartets with Viva member representation! We are incredibly proud of all our members who sing in quartets, and love watching many of them go on to achieve greatness in the national and international competitions, from our own Sweet Adelines Region 31 convention in May, to Barbershop in Harmony (UK Mixed) competitions and the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) contest in October - and that's not to mention the numerous other choruses with whom many members also sing!
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