Happy Tuesday everyone!!
So for those of you that have bought UK Vogue this month ( Oct issue) you may have seen the Vogue Choir? (I’m on the far right)
For those that haven’t, let me fill you in on a little story!
In July this year I received an email from Jess Hogan ( UK Vogue Beauty Editor) and Nicola Moulton ( UK Vogue Beauty Director) asking if I would take part in a secret project for Vogue.
Rewind back to April 2010 when I went to the opening of the musical “Hair” in London (which was sponsored by Bumble and Bumble) with the Bumble UK PR and Jess from Vogue as well as the lovely Georgia Collins from Elle. At the end of the evening the cast invited people up on stage to sing with them in the final song. I was up there in a flash !!
Now rewind more, back to my childhood ( around 8/9 years old) and I used to sing kind of professionally, (is that semi professional?) have singing lessons, perform in musicals etc and i was generally pretty musical, learning to play 4 instruments at school, though my best instrument as it turned out was my voice. Not so much now though, having smoked a gazillion cigarettes over the years ( although now I’m no longer a smoker having given up almost 3 years ago so its improved a tad)
Anyway, fast forwarding back to 2010 - I mentioned to Jess that I used to sing and what a dream it was to be up on stage in the Westend, at the Gielgud Theatre, singing my heart out to “Let The Sunshine”. Plus I made a demo tape in my early 20’s ( this is locked away in a vault that only I have the key to btw) and sang on a couple of tracks with DJ friends of mine ( also locked in the vault).
This picture is taken at the opening night of “Hair The Musical” in London. I’m somewhere on the stage in this picture. Photograph by Jessica Hogan.
So back to the present and it turns out that the lovely Jess had held on to this info and so appeared The Vogue Choir email!!
The amazing Choirmaster, Gareth Malone OBE has a new TV series called Sing While You Work, currently showing on BBC2, Thursday evenings at 9pm , and to celebrate the start of the show and also champion this amazing man and his achievements with people and their voices, Vogue decided to put their own Choir together, courtesy of Vogue features editor, Jo Ellison “It was a social experiment, taking fashion people and doing something not fashionable,” said Ellison of the day, and yes you guessed it. I was invited along too.
Well all I can say is, yet again I jumped at the chance and off we went to Saint Lukes Church in Old Street, London EC1 to rehearse and record the song “She’s Not There” originally by The Zombies. The Church is now a music centre operated by the London Symphony Orchestra and known as LSO St Luke’s. It is the home of the LSO’s community and music education programme LSO Discovery.
Apparently the original plan was to sing “Only You” by Yazoo, which i was gutted about because Yazoo were my ultimate synth pop band back in the 80’s, who I went to see live during their short lived year and a half career, then went to see 3 times (New York, London, and Wolverhampton) during their reunion tour 2 years ago. Unfortunately due to legal reasons “Only You” it was not to be!
What a glorious day we had. There were many people there from Vogue including contributors like myself, plus models Jacquetta Wheeler, Amber Le Bon, designers David Koma and Holly Fulton, shoe designer Rupert Sanderson, stylist Bay Garnett and a visit from Alexandra Shulman the editor. Amber and I with 3 others volunteered as soloists.
So the final recording of the day is available to watch on the iPad version of Vogue UK, but here’s a teaser from Vogue.co.uk
I’d like to thank Jess and Nicola for inviting me along to such a wonderful day, and to Mr Malone himself for helping us all to not only sing in tune but sing without song sheets, and even do a little dance, all within a day and ready to record by 4pm. What a genius!!!!!!
The lovely Gareth Malone OBE and me!