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Apr 21st 2018 @ St Stephen's

Bristol, United Kingdom
I Was There
About Namvula
Afro Folk
Band Members:
Namvula Rennie (vocals), Liran Donin (bass), Jack Ross (guitar), Chris Williams (saxophone), Mamadou Sarr (percussion), Yuval Wetzler (drums)

Singer, songwriter and photographer
10 Singers Improvise
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
7:30 PM
St Stephen's
Bristol, United Kingdom
It’s a night that has never happened before, and will never happen again.

10 pioneering singers from across the country and world gather for the first time, to sing together for a day then appear on a stage with No Plan at all, yet hopeful that music will come.

Zambian artist Namvula, “a confident, soulful performer” (says The Guardian) launches her album Quiet Revolutions the previous night in London then zips over to Bristol to join the gathering.

Columbian musician Camilo Menjura, named Musician of the Year twice in a row by Latin UK Awards, and leader of the SOAS University World Music Choir, is also hopping on a train from London. As is beautiful Argentinian singer Guillermo Rozenthuller who met the gathering’s organiser, Briony Greenhill, in New York at a course with vocal improvisation master Bobby McFerrin 7 years ago. The pair then co-founded the London Vocal Improv Collective.

Bristol singers Isolde Freeth-Hale, who led the Latitude Festival Choir, and Caroline Pringle, are joining along with fellow Bristolian Kate Dimbleby, daughter of Josceline and David, described by the BBC as an “artist at the top of her game,” with a “voice of pure velvet” (Glasgow Herald). Kate has a busy performing career as a solo improviser and is very excited to play with others.

All the way from Norfolk is coming Zimbabwean singer Anna Mudeka often seen on the stages of WOMAD, and now recipient of the ‘Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Africa Award.’

Travelling in from France is jazz composer David Eskenazy, arguably Europe’s leading teacher of vocal improvisation and music theory for singers.

Returning to the UK from 6 years in California is singer and concert organiser Briony Greenhill, who last year released the world’s first entirely improvised five voice album, Listen, with The Elements quintet.

“I fell in love with vocal improvisation in India” says Greenhill, whose singing has been described by the BBC as “heaven of the highest order.”

“I was spellbound. I couldn’t seem to find anywhere in Britain to study it, so I went to France to study with David. Luckily I had a French A Level from a million years ago so could just about understand what was going on.”

Briony is now teaching her first year-long vocal improvisation course, Wild Voice Solid Roots, in Bristol two weekends a month to 20 dedicated students.

“I’ve invited David Eskenazy to bring his amazing teaching to my Level 2 (advanced) students,” explains Greenhill. “Then I invited all my favourite singers in the UK to come and sing with us for a day at the end of his visit. To my great delight, every single one said yes!”

With all these incredible voices gathering, we couldn’t not do a show.

“Then I’m teaching a one-day intro to vocal improv the next day, April 22nd.” Details are on

Improvisation is a beautiful art form, but it’s risky, because no-one, just no-one, knows what will happen.

“I’m hopeful though” says Greenhill. “The last time some of us did an improv performance together in Bristol in 2011, an audience member said it was the highlight of his year. It was October! That was Camilo, Guillermo, Namvula and myself. Now we’re back and then some….”

Show 8pm, doors 7.30pm

Tickets £10 / £15 / £20 advance advised

The singers are:

David Eskenazy | Teacher, composer, performing and recording artist, France -

Briony Greenhill | Teacher, performing and recording artist, California / UK -

Namvula | Recording and performing artist, Zambia / UK

Camilo Menjura | Performer, arranger, choir-leader, award-winning musician, Colombia / London -

Kate Dimbleby | Performer, teacher and recording artist, Bristol

Anna Mudeka | Performing and recording artist, Zimbabwe / UK

Guillermo Rozenthuler | Teacher & Performer, Argentina / London

Isolde | Teacher, composer, performing and recording artist, Bristol

Fran Andre | Teacher and Performer, Totnes

Caroline Pringle I Singer! Bristol
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About Namvula
Afro Folk
Band Members:
Namvula Rennie (vocals), Liran Donin (bass), Jack Ross (guitar), Chris Williams (saxophone), Mamadou Sarr (percussion), Yuval Wetzler (drums)

Singer, songwriter and photographer