ReSound usually takes part in five or six performances a year. Some are concerts based round our singing, in others we add to mixed programmes, some are cabaret style, some more formal. Some public concerts take place in large venues, others in tiny resonant spaces where only a few can fit.
In March 2018, we were delighted to join with poet Michael Rosen for ‘Yours Hopefully’, a concert celebrating the power of words and music in challenging racisim and prejudice against refugees and migrants, and promoting hope, solidarity and connection. The concert attracted an audience of some 300 people, and the profits (just under £3,000) go to CamCRAG, the Cambridge Convoy action Group.
In January 2018, we were invited to participate in the civic ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the Guildhall, and to stand alonside survivors of the Holocaust and other atrocities, students from local schools, and civic leaders.
In October 2017, we held a fundraising concert for The Seed Project in Zimbabwe, a small charity run by people based in Cambridge which is doing fine work to support families to develop income generating projects in rural communities. We sang some of the African songs from our repertoire, many with full audience participation, as well as a selection of other of our songs. The concert raised over £1300 for the very worthwhile cause.
In November 2016, our ‘Calais Cabaret’ at which ReSound and some of our musical friends performed raised funds for the Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group (CAMCRAG). St Paul’s church was packed and ReSound sang with passion and blended excellence to over 200 people, raising over £2,000 to support refugees. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a success.
‘This was ReSound at their best ever!’
‘Thnks for the most heartwarming evening I’ve been to for a long time’
Some (atmospheric) pictures of the event:
We have sung at the Junction in Cambridge, supporting Reem Kelani and Coope, Boyes and Simpson. One reviewer wrote ‘ReSound came on stage and treated us to a delightful twenty minutes of massed-voice songs from a wide variety of traditions, culminating in Moon River. They sang beautifully throughout, carrying off intricate vocal arrangements with perfection.’ We have shared the stage with a wide variety of singers, including the Dimanta sisters from Latvia, the B Naturals acapella quartet, and the founder and leader of the Spooky Men, Steven Taberner.
ReSound also takes part in many local and national events. We took a leading part in the Cambridge Cycle of Songs in 2014, a song project celebrating the Tour de France in Cambridge. Here’s our recording of ‘Why we Ride’ one of the specially commissioned songs.
We sing every year at Sing and Swim, a fundraiser for WaterAid, at the Mill Road winter fair, and at the Talking in Tune Christmas Busk raising funds for Wintercomfort
Our singing has helped raise money for many charities which include: Talking in Tune, the Amos Trust, Camfed, Amnesty International, Wintercomfort, WaterAid, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Save the Children, Cambridge Money Advice Centre, Transitions Cambridge/Cambridge Food Cycle, CAMCRAG, the SEED project, and a successful project to build a well for a village in Kenya.
A full list of all our events is here: Resound events 2011-November 2017