Vocal Explosion’s Music of the Gypsies

Vocal Explosion Choir
Vocal Explosion Choir

A community choir yes, but the passion, the power, and the energy in evidence on Saturday, March 22 evening proved that Vocal Explosion are a quality act indeed.

The rest of the audience (and it was a full house no less - almost unheard of for a choir concert) certainly agreed, and by the end of what was indeed a magical evening, many were literally dancing in the aisles to the upbeat Mini Sara.

The programme included a mixture of traditional songs from places as diverse as Romania and Sephardic Spain - upbeat wedding songs and stirring laments, and pieces composed by the choir’s director Juliet Russell, including the first number, the exquisite Asla, which left the spine tingling and the soul wanting more.

The choir comprised around 40 singers from Hastings and Rye, all animated, obviously in their element, and the harmonies tight. Juliet Russell is deserving of a special mention - a supremely talented individual, and perhaps one of Hastings’ best kept secrets. She is not only a composer and musical director capable of encouraging a diverse group of individuals to step into their power in a stunning way, but a singer in possession of a voice with such a haunting quality that she had the audience completely spell-bound during several solos. Also worth a mention were the instrumentalists, who really drove the rhythms forward and took the performance to another level.