Arc of the Sky
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Arc of the Sky: Norfolk’s Voice Project Choir announce their return to live singing

Everyone is welcome to join Norfolk’s open access choir for their summer project 

Norwich’s multi award-winning Voice Project Choir is at last returning to live singing after the pandemic forced them to move online. They are now inviting people to join their open-access choir to sing in Arc of the Sky, a site-responsive performance at the Cathedral of the Marshes – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk on 2 July 2022.

Rehearsals begin on 19 April in Norwich. The first session is a free taster for anyone who wants to find out more before committing to the whole project. No experience is necessary, all music is taught by ear, and the choir has a great sense of community and conviviality. Advance booking is necessary at

There will also be online sessions for anyone who would like to join in but is unable to attend in-person rehearsals, and further afield a Sussex version of Arc of the Sky with rehearsals in Brighton and a performance at St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston on 11 June.

Arc of the Sky is inspired by the idea of a bird’s-eye view of the Cathedral of the Marshes, the surrounding landscape, the Blyth estuary and the coastline. The project began two years ago, but lockdown meant cancellation of all live rehearsals and performances. Voice Project co-directors Jonathan Baker and Sian Croose moved everything online and created an acclaimed film instead of a live performance. They are now revisiting the project afresh to create these new live choral-performances.

Voice Project Co-director Sian Croose said, ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming both familiar and new faces. There’s nothing quite like singing together with other people to make you feel good and we can’t wait to get started – with Covid-safety measures in place of course’.

‘We don’t have a permanent choir’ she added ‘some people sign up for every project and some join for one, or more. I think that flexibility helps keep everything fresh – over the years we have had hundreds of different members’.

Founded by experienced singers and artists Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in 2008, The Voice Project Choir is open to all. It’s a community choir that absolutely anyone can join whether they have any experience of singing and music or not – there are no auditions and everything is taught by ear with no need to read music. The Voice Project is renowned for an innovative approach to choral performance, with music, poetry and choreography coming together to create spectacular large-scale events that live long in the memory. Performances are site-responsive, taking place in outdoor and indoor venues such as Houghton Hall, Holkham Hall, and Norwich Cathedral, and all the music is original and written specially for the 100+ voices of the choir.

Full details for Arc of the Sky are at

Tuesdays, 19 April  – 28 June, 7.30pm – 9pm The Voice Project Arc of the Sky rehearsals (for performance 2 July)

First session is a free taster. Everyone welcome, no experience or special ability needed.

Advance booking essential via

Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW

Wednesdays 20 April – 29 June, 7pm – 8pm The Voice Project Choir Arc of the Sky online
first session is a no obligation taster. Everyone welcome, no experience or special ability needed.

Advance booking essential via

Arc of the Sky performances from 6pm Saturday 2 July, Blythburgh. Times and prices to be announced.

The Voice Project Choir have performed annual commissions at Norfolk & Norwich Festival appearing with significant guests from the jazz and contemporary music fields. Their groundbreaking show The Arms of Sleep (which involves a sleepover for the audience) took place at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Brighton International Festival. They have appeared at The London Jazz Festival and at Jazz Sous les Pommiers, Coutances, France. Guest musicians and composers have included Andy Sheppard, Orlando Gough, pianist Gwilym Simcock, Switzerland’s Nik Bärtsch, Norway’s Arve Henriksen and American trumpeter Jon Hassell. They have featured on TV on BBC 1 and ITV, on prime time French television and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

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