5 minutes with Herts singers Pippa Gearing and Lizzie Deane
PUBLISHED: 10:33 23 July 2018
Performing at Battle Proms and Gordon Craig Theatre this month, Hatfield and Welwyn GC vocalists Pippa Gearing and Lizzie Deane talk about why they want everyone to sing
You are both accomplished vocalists. How did it all begin?
Pippa: Being the daughter of a singer and an actor, I’ve pretty much sung all my life.
Lizzie: I’ve always sung at home and school since I was very little. I’ve sung in choirs since I was 10.
You started the London Show Choir last summer, which has already performed at major venues. What was your motivation?
Pippa: We both sang with a vocal harmony group for years which cemented our love of harmony and our very close friendship. When we left the group it was a no-brainer to do something together. We wanted to really use our skills of vocal arranging on a higher level and so the London Show Choir was born. The choir performs a variety of musical theatre songs from Les Misérables, Guys and Dolls, Wicked, Sister Act, Hairspray, Oliver and Blood Brothers.
Lizzie: We see everyone for a one-to-one before they join now, just to hear their voice and make sure we can seat them in the right harmony section. The choir are so good, so when people enquire, we suggest they come and try it out first as the music is hard and a challenge for everyone. But once it’s nailed, the sound is exquisite.
You also host Voxed Up events. What are they?
Lizzie: Voxed Up is vocal harmony workshop open to anyone. We take two themed songs and teach them to you in three-part harmony in just three hours. We often attach a social aspect to the event afterwards like ‘bandaoke’ – karaoke with a live band – a hot buffet and disco. It’s a chance to meet new people and have fun. These events are incredibly popular. You don’t have to have had any singing experience – we’ll take care of that for you. It’s amazing what beautiful harmonies come from such a mixed bunch of budding singers. Our next workshop is summer-themed – learning two songs followed by a BBQ and bandaoke party.
What are the benefits of singing with others?
Pippa: There are so many. It releases endorphins and gives you a natural high. It’s sociable. Friendship groups are formed and the choir becomes your extended family. There are no negatives to being in a choir.
Another string to your bow is The Vignettes. What’s that?
Pippa: This is our cabaret show accompanied by live musicians, who also sing and add a huge amount of comedy to the show. We do a great mix of music, showcasing our love of musical theatre, soul, funk, pop and even a tiny bit of classical thrown in too. We are so excited to be taking this show to the Battle Proms at Hatfield this month.
The Vignettes will be at Battle Proms at Hatfield House on July 14.
The London Show Choir will perform at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage on July 22.
The summer Voxed Up workshop is at the Noke Hotel, St Albans on July 29.