Pro Concert - Saturday, February 17, 2024

Emcee'd by Rob Dietz

rob-dietz

The Swingles

PRO CONCERT HEADLINER

The Swingles are one of the world’s most admired and loved vocal groups. With a natural flair as entertainers, their stylish, classy shows take them to venues and festival stages across the world. They have earned 5 Grammy® Awards and are recipients of multiple prestigious international accolades. With generations of fans from their live performances and appearances on film and TV soundtracks, The Swingles’ musical evolution and creative drive makes them as relevant today as when Ward Swingle started the group nearly six decades ago.  

With their trademark vocal dexterity and innate musicality, The Swingles are reimagining jazz, classical, folk and pop from their ever-growing repertoire of arrangements alongside a rich vein of new original material. The group’s secret ingredient is the ability of the seven singers, soloists, songwriters and storytellers to combine as one seamlessly blended and timeless sound. The Swingles have always made creative use of close-mic amplification, and in the last decade, they have added unique live audio looping techniques to their stage performances – an immersive layering up of vocals to mesmerise the audience.

American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers (originally named Les Swingle Singers) to sing Bach’s music for the keyboard in 1962. The resulting album ‘Jazz Sebastian Bach’ was a huge hit, breaking new musical ground and launching The Swingles to fame. Since then, the group has released more than 50 albums encompassing a huge variety of music, fuelled by Ward Swingle’s pioneering spirit and wide-ranging musical tastes.

Collaborations with artists from Labrinth to The King’s Singers, Peter Hollens and Jamie Cullum add to The Swingles creative output. The Swingles founded and curated the hugely successful London A Cappella Festival for 10 wonderful years from 2010-2020.

THE SWINGLES ARE

Mallika Bhagwat / Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson / Imogen Parry / Oliver Griffiths / Jon Smith / Jamie Wright / Tom Hartley

Sheer Element

Sheer-Element

Sheer Element is the bold new group the world has been waiting for. They have already attracted a dedicated legion of fans and built up an impressive online presence with millions of views on their social media videos. Now, as they continue to ride a wave of momentum, Sheer Element is on the brink of worldwide stardom. Sheer Element was most recently on Season 23 of NBC’s The Voice, coached by Kelly Clarkson.

The group’s two members, Tabon Ward and Jej Vinson, met while studying at The University of Southern California. After an impromptu cover of Ariana Grande’s ‘Only 1’ went viral (1.2 million views), they realized they had something special and decided to dedicate themselves to making music together.

Sheer Element blends infectious pop melodies, and smooth R&B harmonies into something entirely new. Their sound is always a captivating performance that is impossible to ignore.

Sheer Element is the type of musical phenomenon that comes around once a generation, and their story is just getting started.

SHEER ELEMENT IS

Jej Vinson / Tabon Ward