Jack Petchey Foundation
If you think you can, you can!



Jack Petchey’s Perfect Pitch is a pilot project focused on teaching a capella music skills to schools and youth choirs!

Throughout the programme, which was held in March 2018, we were looking for contemporary youth vocal groups with real enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!  In return we promised groups a great vocal, musical and performance experience!

10 groups got involved to undertake training workshops in vocal and musical skills, vocal percussion/beatboxing and performance skills.  The programme culminated in a public performance in each Borough where judges from the music industry will crown the winning group Perfect Pitch Champions!

The programme consists of:

  • 1 hour assessment workshop/group visit – a member of our team will come and work with you to see what stage you are at and what skills you have
  • 3 hour a capella workshop – this will consist of vocal warm ups, beatboxing/vocal percussion, performance skills and our professional tutors working with you on two songs of your choice.
  • Final – performing your two chosen songs in front of a paying public and panel of judges.

Our tutors and coaches made the workshops fun, exciting and interactive - we wanted to get the best out of the groups and worked with them to make that happen.  A capella is a great way to improve confidence, teamwork and performance skills and all of these were focussed on as part of the project.

WHAT IS A CAPELLA

"A cappella" singing is the oldest form of music. The term refers to unaccompanied (ie. without instruments) choral or individual singing.  In Italian phrase meaning 'in the manner of the church'.

Any music can be considered an "a cappella" arrangement provided it does not contain instrumental notation, and the sheer diversity of what can be encompassed by the term can be quite dizzying!  

The majority of contemporary a cappella singing is not of original works but of songs familiar to both singers and audiences.  In recent years there have been a number of developments in contemporary a cappella including the rise of "beatboxing" (percussive sounds created by trained practitioners and used to enhance the rhythmic elements of an arrangement) and various post-production technologies which can now be applied to live performance (such as mixing, multi-tracking, looping, effects and pitch modulation).  

In the UK mainstream presentation of a cappella in the media has been spearheaded by a number of pioneering vocal groups such as The Kings Singers, The Flying Pickets, The Swingle Singers and The Magnets. The recent “Pitch Perfect” films and various TV talent shows have brought a cappella singing to mass audiences and it now has true mainstream appeal!