Previously announced, workshop leader for the A Cappella Workshop, Deke Sharon has recently been asked to music direct a new BBC1 music show in the UK. Unfortunately, this means he will be postponing his visit to Tasmania until 2018.
However, as one door closes, a very exciting opportunity opens! Rather than one workshop, we now have two, and where there was one leader, we now have three!
We are thrilled to welcome Nick Begbie and Naomi Crellin, the creative team behind The Idea of North to lead the A Cappella Workshop.
"This is truly the best vocal festival in the country, in one of the best places in the country. You guys have it all," said Nick Begbie about Festival of Voices.
Also, for the first time in FOV history, Matt Gifford (NZ) the bass singer of the 2014 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, Musical Island Boys will lead a separate Barbershop Workshop.
It is important to note that all singers who register for both the A Cappella and Barbershop Workshops will have the opportunity to work with Nick and Naomi between 9.30am-10am and again between 1.30pm-2.30pm. During the middle sessions, singers will be able to specialise in either A Cappella with Nick and Naomi or Barbershop with Matt.
There will be a special introductory session with Nick and Naomi on Tuesday 11 July from 2pm-4.30pm. All sessions will be held at St Michael's Collegiate School located on Davey St, Hobart. Both groups will perform separately at the Theatre Royal on Friday 14 July, and together at our Finale Concert at Federation Concert Hall on Sunday 16 July at 1.30 pm
Please take the time to either register your interest for the A Cappella Workshop or the new Barbershop Workshop below. Registration below will guarantee your place in 2017.
The Idea of North (TION) is Australia’s longest running and most successful contemporary a cappella vocal group. The Idea of North, originally formed in 1993, became a full time, professional ensemble in 1998, and is the only a cappella group ever to receive not only one, but two ARIA awards.
"The Idea of North is a truly outstanding vocal quartet. Their musical arrangements are spectacular in their conception and delivery, with colours ranging from the purest of unisons to some of the most intricate tensions and counterpoint. This is a wonderful group to watch in performance - truly a sight and sound experience of the highest calibre.’" Don Burrows
Nick grew up in a very musical family and has been involved in an eclectic variety of musical groups before professionalising The Idea of North to explore his love for jazz and contemporary a cappella even further.
After touring Australia and Europe with the two Adelaide vocal groups she founded, Naomi joined The Idea of North in 2002 and quickly became a significant contributor to the group’s repertoire through her exemplary writing and arranging skills, leading to the fact that she was named the group’s musical director in 2006.