LCV will be joined onstage by special guests including Brit Award-winning singer and political activist Charlotte Church, critically acclaimed Syrian Qanun player Maya Youssef, experimental folk artist Jesca Hoop, classical Indian singer Deepa Nair Rasiya (known for her work with George Harrison and Ravi Shankar) and L.A.-based composer KÁRYYN, an Armenian electronic artist who is mentored by Marina Abramović and whose work has been publicly endorsed by Björk in The Guardian.
In part a response to the gender imbalance in the music and arts industries, this diverse and imaginative programme will also see LCV cover songs by a number of female folk and leftfield song-writers, including Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, Imogen Heap, Laura Mvula, Nao, Susanne Sundfør and London Grammar, with many new choral pieces prepared by female arrangers from within the choir’s membership.
“As a mixed-voice choir with members from all over the world, we are committed to equality and diversity” says London Contemporary Voices co-founder and director Anil Sebastian (himself recently awarded the prestigious PRS Momentum Fund). “Lately, our frustration with the gender imbalance in most industries has been growing and we wanted to take the opportunity to really celebrate all the inspirational women who make incredible music. LCV would not have been founded were it not for a particular female musician, our regular collaborator and source of inspiration Imogen Heap, so there we go! And the fact that this year’s Union Chapel show coincides with the centenary of women getting the vote makes it all the more fitting to ensure that women’s voices - from the composers to arrangers to the fantastic guest artists - are well and truly heard! Above all though, we are just really excited about the concert – the music is extremely moving and these inspirational women all have amazing stories. Islington’s Grade 1 listed Union Chapel is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric venues in London. We love performing there, and the repertoire and guest artists will make for an incredibly special evening.”
LCV has previously collaborated with numerous female artists across a range of genres including Imogen Heap, Joss Stone, Laura Mvula, Eska, Charlotte Church, Kate Nash, Susanne Sundfør, Little Mix, Lucy Rose, Clare Maguire and Kim Wilde, as well as providing backing vocalists for Florence and The Machine, Nicole Scherzinger, Alison Moyet, Nina Nesbitt and Liv Dawson.
Always highly popular, this is LCV’s fourth annual Union Chapel show. In previous years, the choir’s guest artists have included Imogen Heap, Martin Grech, Amber Run, Reeps One, Manu Delago, Tina Grace, Alex Vargas, Aquilo, Shlomo and producer Guy Sigsworth (Björk/Imogen Heap/Madonna).