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.
Interested in taking part?
Anyone interested in taking part in this project should join the Freedom Chorus online – www.hullcc.gov.uk/hullfreedomchorus and attend Em's initial workshops on 29 April and 6 May.
Selected performers will then rehearse on the following dates:
17, 24 & 30 May
6, 13, 27 & 30 June,
4/5, 11/12 & 18 July with performance on 19 July.
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
- £12.50 (£6 students & under 26s)
Tickets available from Hull Truck Theatre online, in person at the box office or by calling 01482 323638.
Festival Ticket Deal:
See 3 shows for the price of 2 (cheapest ticket free)