Experience the unique coming together of London’s 40-strong, all-male singing gang Chaps Choir and the beautifully intimate tones of BBC radio favourite The Magic Lantern, uniting voices in a double headline show to raise funds for music charity Help Musicians. Samantha Whates, long-term collaborator with Chaps Choir and previously supported by Help Musicians, will also perform a few songs with them, making it an extra special night.
With Chaps Choir, say goodbye to the male voice choir most would recognise. The group have been sharing their joy- inducing, heartstring-pulling repertoire with audiences since 2013 and have since performed live on primetime TV, recorded at Abbey Road and been the subject of news articles exploring men’s singing and male community.
Keen to explore the meeting point of mental health and modern masculinity, they are on a song-inspired mission to redefine and challenge ideas of the male troupe, and encourage men – and us all – to wear their hearts on their sleeve.
Co-headliner The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of British Australian musician and inimitable songwriter, Jamie Doe. Drawing on a wide range of influences from folk, jazz and contemporary music, The Magic Lantern is an artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in us all, reflected in the title of his 2019 EP release, ‘The Life That I Have’, supported by Help Musicians.
Featuring a wide range of sounds and textures, expect folk finger picking, pulsating grooves, lush string quintet lyricism and narcotic late-night saxophone jams all brought together by Jamie’s instantly recognisable voice.
As such a unique talent, it’s no wonder The Magic Lantern has received praise from numerous supporters including BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey, Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris among others; plus publications such as The Guardian, Acoustic Magazine and Atwood Magazine.
So, immerse yourself in original compositions, pop re-hashes and snowy hunting calls at this one-time event. Marrying two juxtaposed, yet equally compelling vocals, the proceeds will directly help more musicians in times of crisis and in times of opportunity.
Chaps Choir & The Magic Lantern - EartH (Theatre), June 3, 7pm. Get your tickets here.