Cleveland Watkiss: VocalSuite and Hull Freedom Chorus

Best Jazz Act Nominee, MOBO Awards 2017

Vocalist of the Year, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

3 times Guardian Jazz Awards Best Vocalist

Best Vocalist, London Jazz Awards 2010

Cleveland was awarded an MBE for his services to music in 2017.

Cleveland Watkiss is known the world over for his unique vocal and improvisational talent. He’s performed with an incredible range of artists, from Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan to Björk, Talvin Singh, Abdullah Ibrahim and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The evening opens with members of Hull’s mighty Freedom Chorus performing a new vocal piece What If…?  created for and with participating singers by singer songwriter Em Whitfield Brooks.  Accompanied by percussionist extraordinaire Gary Hammond and guest pianist Rob Law. 

Cleveland will then perform VocalSuite, his acclaimed a capella vocal improvisation show. Fusing his breath-taking vocal range with technology, he blends improvisation/counterpoint harmony, electronics, breakbeat loops and basslines (all live and from his mouth) to stunning effect, creating a unique, orchestral vocal soundscape. No two performances of VocalSuite are ever the same. On this occasion, Cleveland will be joined at the end of his performance by members of Hull Freedom Chorus - so you’re guaranteed a one-off experience, unique to Hull.

"Best Male Jazz Singer in Britain" Evening Standard

"Wasn't he awesome? What it takes us six to do he does all by himself.” Take 6

Hull Freedom Chorus:

This performance marks the culmination of a project for chorus members, led by Cleveland Watkiss and assisted by Em Whitfield Brooks. Em’s directed many Freedom Chorus performances, including the site-specific Underpass at Freedom Festival 2016. 

Hull Freedom Chorus has a group with over 700 singers. They’ve delighted audiences with diverse performances across the city since the Chorus’ debut at Freedom Festival in 2011.   

This project is part of Hull City Council’s Singing City initiative, funded by Arts Council England and Hull City Council.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018
Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB
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