Our Union Chapel concert in May was listed in Londonist’s Top Things To Do! The show celebrated female artists and composers, with special guests Charlotte Church, Jasca Hoop, Maya Yuosself, KARYYN and Deepa Nair Rasiya.
As well as performing a stunning cover of Joni Mitchell’s Blue (video coming soon!) Charlotte Church spoke on sexism within the music industry and gave an inspiring speech about the role of women in shaping the future of music. Charlotte has had a career spanning classical, pop and leftfield music; and she is now also well-known for her political activism work. Check out Charlotte's BBC Radio 6 Music John Peel lecture on the theme of women's representation in the music industry (lecture starts at 7.5mins).
Jesca Hoop is well-known for her collaborations with Elbow’s Guy Garvey, and she is currently supporting Jose Gonzalez on his word tour. We were thrilled to welcome Jesca to join us onstage. Check out the beautiful version of her song Pegasi below, arranged by LCV artist Autumnmusic (Rosi Croom).
We were also honoured to perform with Deepa Nair Rasiya, whose past credits include George Harrison (The Beatles) and Ravi Shankar!! Deepa's incredible voice can be heard on countless Indian films and she performed two songs at our show with the choir and cellist Stefan Knapik from London Cello Quartet.
The Qanun has 78 strings and Maya Youssef is one of the leading players! Maya combined this beautiful Middle Eastern instrument with choir and cello and also spoke of the troubles she encountered in her native Syria.
KARYYN has been endorsed by many leading figures of the leftfield arts scene, including Bjork and Marina Ambramavic. We’ve got a video of our all-female performance with KARYYN coming very soon, but before then catch her on tour with mighty band The XX!
In the run-up to the show LCV’s Director Anil Sebastian spoke with BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio London about the show and LCV’s role in providing a platform for female artists and composers. All of the songs in the show were by female artists and the vast majority were also arranged by female arrangers from within the choir’s membership. We also welcomed conductor Leanne Sedin to lead the choir on stage for the first time. Check out this stunning version of Girlfriend by Nao!