Contemporary Music Choirs
Remix Voices is about to undergo major changes. Dave and Beth Smith, who own and run Remix Voices, are retiring from running the choirs on a full-time basis for health reasons. This means that the weekly rehearsals for the four choirs will stop in December 2017. In the future, the aim is to replace this with a series of 'one-off' singing days, so please return to this site from time to time for updates on this.
Remix voices are modern, secular choirs, based in Guildford and Woking in Surrey, and Reading in Berkshire.
We sing the very best of popular songs from the 1960's to the present day. We are changing our repertoire all the time, but currently we have music from The Allman Brothers Band, Coldplay, Rita Coolidge, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Status Quo and K T Tunstall are typical of the songs that we are singing at the moment. The singers in the choirs have often suggested songs that we might like to sing, and we aimed to include as many of these as we can into the repertoire.
Remix Voices is a mixed voice choir, singing modern popular songs in harmony from memory. There are three vocal parts:- Soprano, Alto and Bass. The Bass part is not too low, and would also suit most Tenor voices. There are a moderate number of songs in the repertoire at any one time to make the learning from memory more achievable.
All vocal parts have a mixture of melody and harmony lines, so singers in the choir need to have the ability to sing both.
All singers in Remix Voices will need to have, or to develop, the following abilities:-
- sing in tune without vibrato
- blend their voices in with other singers' voices.
- learn and memorise melody lines
- learn and memorise harmony lines
- learn and memorise lyrics
Although the ability to read music is initially an advantage at the song-learning stage, this is not in the end as important as the ability to learn and sing the songs from memory. To make this as easy as reasonably possible to achieve, all songs will be taught at rehearsals and backed up with audio files that may be used by the singer between rehearsals. Guidance will also be given as to the best way to learn the repertoire.