Friday 6th October, 9:00 pm - Teatro Faraggiana, Novara (Italy)
Manchester Inspirational Voices is a 60-strong community choir directed by Wayne Ellington.
Wayne Ellington, an internationally recognised vocal coach, formed the choir in 2006. It is a community choir - there are no auditions - and the fact that members come from all sections of society, many di_erent ethnic backgrounds and cover a wide range of ages, gives it much of its individuality and authenticity.
The choir holds weekly rehearsals and each year stages two or three major concerts. In February 2016 it celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert at the Royal Northern College of Music performing with guests including the Manchester School of Samba and the Manchester International Roots Orchestra. Early in 2016 the choir performed on stage with Leona Lewis at the Bridgewater Hall and in June the choir travelled to Germany to perform at the annual Bottrop Gospel Night Festival, where Wayne has been a vocal coach for many years. In November, 30 members _ew to New York to take part in the New York International Gospel Festival to sing and perform alongside choirs from Japan and Germany.
Manchester Inspirational Voices is the winner of BBC1’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year Competition 2016, the _nal having being aired on BBC1 on 30 October and 6 November 2016. It was _lmed at the Hackney Empire, London in front of a packed house. The Judges commended the choir for its “wow” factor. The success led to a variety of TV appearances including live performances for two highly regarded regional news programmes for North West England and a Christmas broadcast on ITV1 at midnight on Christmas Eve.
This year 2017, the choir has been invited to perform in Poland, Italy and Germany. More locally, Wayne and MIV were also at the heart of the Manchester International Gospel Festival in February and a central part of the Manchester Passion Musical performed at Manchester Cathedral Gardens in April where Songs of Praise broadcast a programme based at the event. Manchester Inspirational Voices is proud to share their love for music, performance and faith.