Tuesday 1 September 2015

Pitch Perfect

Celebrate with Pitch Perfect, a two day music & dance festival, taking place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September, midday to 6pm.

Come along to New Road in Brighton to watch a free two day festival of music and dance taking place on the street in the heart of the city’s theatre district. 

The Pitch Perfect (music & dance festival) will see local bands, musicians, dancers and performers take to an outdoor stage to bring a mix of live entertainment to audiences and passers-by as we celebrate Rugby in the city. 

The show has a dance focus on Saturday and a music theme on Sunday. Look out for vibrant dance troop Maracatu Cruzeiro do sul and the 600 strong choir of the Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band.

The very colourful Maracatu Cruzeiro do sul
Photo credit: 
Sofia Barbas (sofiabarbas.com)

Here’s what’s happening!

Line up for Saturday 19 September

12pm Caiçara
A four piece band of indigenous people from Brazil who live by the sea, Caiçara perform roots music with a funky wave that’s gets everyone up and dancing. Crowd participation and involvement is a must you can’t help but have fun.

 Caiçara in Brighton
Photo credit: 
Rafael Ribeiro

12.45 Southern Knights
The Southern Knights perform precision marching and dance displays to music using flags, imitation rifles, imitation sabres and pom poms.

2pm Project Zulu
A choir of 26 children aged 10 to 15 years, performing with just their voices and Zulu drums. The performance is a mixture of Zulu folk songs, gospel songs, gumboot and traditional Zulu drums and dances. Project Zulu arranges for choirs from the Madadeni Township schools in South Africa to tour the UK and share their incredible Zulu musical talents. 

3pm Amazona Arts
Performers of Capoeira dance - fusing acrobatic moves from dance, music and the martial arts into a skillful display. 

4pm Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul 
A Brighton-based drumming, singing and dancing group performing styles from the North East of Brazil, including Maracatu, Coco, Baiao, Ciranda and Afoxe. The vibrant costumes and dynamic movement the atmosphere and bass-heavy sound never fail to get people dancing!

5pm Savoy Kicks Dance Troup
Savoy Kicks is a group of six dancers who will perform two sets and lead a mini dance lesson with the audience. Savoy Kicks is the professional performance troupe for local dance company I Charleston Brighton.

Line up for Sunday 20 September

12.15pm Unified Rhythm          
Unified Rhythm is an integrated carnival arts music group based in Brighton.
12.45pm  Shannon Dixon                      
At just 15, Shannon is a rising talent. A passionate and uplifting vocalist, singing pop favourites form the heart.
1.15pm The Wildest Way        
Banjo led folk from the Appalachian mountains and beyond.
1.45pm Brighton & Hove Youth Percussion Ensemble          
An exciting young percussion ensemble playing everything from drums to dustbins.

Brighton & Hove Youth Percussion Ensemble

2.15pm  Alternate Function                  
Razor sharp alternative rock from local boys on the verge of making a real noise on bigger stages.
2.45pm Shining Brighter: Brighton & Hove Schools’ Massed Choir            
Shining Brighter celebrates the strength and resilience of our Rugby superheroes. An ensemble of more than 300 singers from primary and secondary schools along with The Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band will be united in a rowdy and uplifting celebration. Lyrics and melodies created by young composers from local schools, and arranged by James Redwood, also incorporate body percussion taking inspiration from the world of Rugby. 
3.15pm  Drive Up Jazz
Drive Up Jazz is made up of students from Cardinal Newman Catholic School & Newman College.
4.15pm Daniel Wakeford        
Daniel is a singer and songwriter from Brighton, heartfelt songs from a true entertainer.

4.45pm  Shining Brighter: James Redwood's Massed Choirs           
A new song-cycle celebrating the strength and resilience of our rugby superheroes. Performance of massed primary school choirs and The Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band.

5.15pm Beat Express
For more than a decade this boogie rock band has been crafting and performing heart felt, honest, catchy tracks that never fail to get an audience moving. The boogie train is coming!         
5.45pm Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band      
The Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band has an exciting programme, including performance opportunities, projects and international tours. The band performs some of the most exciting repertoire written for this medium.  

(Please note: While every effort will be taken to ensure the performances go ahead as planned, all timings and performers are subject to change)

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