A cappella Christmas album on the way

Voices Co. Academy performers at its Christmas show last year. Photo: Mark Jensen
Voices Co. Academy performers at its Christmas show last year. Photo: Mark Jensen
Christchurch's first vocal academy specialising in contemporary singing is about to launch its debut studio-recorded EP.

Voices Co Academy will launch its EP, A Very Voices Co. Christmas, on December 9 with two live shows.

Following in the footsteps of the international a cappella revival (led by Pentatonix and the Pitch Perfect movies), the academy is one of the first in New Zealand to specialise in this unique vocal style. 

"We are hugely passionate about bringing the joy of singing to life for people - both for our students and for our audience members," Voices Co Academy founder and musical director Julian Hay said.

Having opened in 2016 with 20 students, the academy's tight harmonies and seamless pop arrangements quickly put the city on the map when Voices Co were crowned winners of TVNZ's reality TV competition The Naked Choir in June 2017.

Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, with more than 200 students having passed through the doors in four years.

It now has nine different pop a cappella groups, including two professional ensembles, all of which will be performing at the upcoming shows.

On Monday the academy released a music video featuring an original mash-up of two Christmas favourites. To view the music video go to the Voices Co. Academy Facebook page.

The EP can be purchased at the two live shows at the Papa Hou theatre in the Christchurch YMCA on December 9.

The 6pm show is sold out but tickets for the 8.15pm show can be purchased here.



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