For Voicelab's Winter Big Sing Day we are celebrating the gift of song.
It's part of the Winter Festival's Alternative Gift Guide, during which Southbank Centre is encouraging everyone to explore different ways of giving at Christmas.
People of all ages, abilities and experiences are welcome to join in. This free day of singing is for everyone - whether you've sung with Voicelab before, or are new to singing at Southbank Centre.
Bring your friends, family, neighbours and strangers, and celebrate together in song!
Winter Warm Up
11am - 11.45am, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Join Pete Churchill and wake up with a morning warm-up to stretch your vocal chords and begin Voicelab's day of singing.
Warming Winter Big Sing
1pm - 2pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Come and combat the chilly weather with a series of warming songs! Led by Jane Wheeler, this Big Sing is for everyone, especially families, winter well-wishers and people who need some warming up.
Voicelab hosts Streetwise Opera: La Boheme
3pm - 4pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Join Streetwise Opera Artistic Director, Rowan Fenner, to explore songs and scenes from La Boheme, looking at characters, plot and musical themes. Come and experience how Streetwise Opera workshops make opera accessible to everyone - no prior knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to come along and have a go!
This workshop is for people aged 16+. Please note, there is a limited capacity of 50 participants and places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested participants should queue on the ramp to the left of The Clore Ballroom from 2.50pm. Audience members are welcome.
Songs of Giving Big Sing
4.30pm - 5.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Learn songs on the theme of giving with Pete Churchill in a Big Sing. These songs will be performed later at 6pm alongside those learnt in an intensive afternoon workshop. Everyone is welcome!
Voicelab Sing Songs of Giving, Performance
6pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Hear a Voicelab ensemble led by Pete Churchill perform songs of giving to culminate Voicelab's Winter Big Sing Day. Hear songs inspired by the Alternative Gift Guide and join in with well-known winter songs.
Gift Of Song
12 noon - 6pm, Level 2 Foyer at Royal Festival Hall
Come and share your favourite song with others by visiting the Gift Of Song hub in the Level 2 Foyer at Royal Festival Hall, where you can write out the lyrics of your chosen song and give the gift of song to a stranger.
Winter Festival Choirs
12 noon, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Level 2 Central Bar at Royal Festival Hall
1pm & 7pm, Outside Foyles
1.15pm & 6.45pm, Festival Terrace by the Nelson Mandela Statue
Hear performances from choirs throughout the day.