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

STEP ONE - ASSESSMENT VISIT

The Programme Director will visit you for a 45 mins-1 hour session.

If selected for the programme we will ask you to start working on two songs of your choice – these songs will be the ones you will perform at the Borough Finals.

At the assessment visit we will use one of the songs as the basis of the session.  At this stage the song does not have to be perfect or complete, but in a good enough shape that the group are able to sing all (or part of) it.

This assessment visit will not necessarily focus on a capella skills but, instead, through some games/exercises, we will look at:

  • Pitch
  • Ability to follow dynamics
  • Ability to listen to others
  • Rhythm
  • Movement
  • Willingness of the group to get involved and learn

The session will be fun and interactive and an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to see how we work and what the programme is all about.

After the assessment visit we will give you an opportunity to make a decision about whether or not you wish to proceed with the programme.

STEP TWO - A CAPELLA WORKSHOP

This 3 hour workshop would take place at a time fixed between the group and the tutor at your school or rehearsal venue – during the school day, after school or at weekends! We will be as flexible as we can!

Our tutors are all experts in the field of a capella and beatboxing and perform themselves.  Their job is to pass as much knowledge to your group as possible in a fun and interactive way!

At this stage you would need to make sure that the work on your two chosen songs is well advanced so our tutors can work with the group to get the best possible sound/performance.

The outline of the workshops will be as follows:

  • Arrival/introduction/explain the purpose of the workshop
  • Some fun physical and vocal warm ups
  • Introduction to a capella
  • Work on two songs already prepared alongside the music teacher/adult leader
  • Introduction to beatboxing/vocal percussion
  • Final thoughts/recommendations 

STEP THREE - REGIONAL FINAL

There will be two Regional Finals:

Hackney groups – Venue tbc

Barking & Dagenham groups – The Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

At the Regional Final you will perform both of your prepared songs (one in the first half/one in the second) alongside the other groups from your Borough.  Our panel of judges will select a third, second and first place.  All will receive trophies and the first placed winner will be named Borough Champions and win a £250 prize!

Whilst the Regional Final is a competition, the real opportunity is that all groups get to perform their chosen songs in front of a full house of supporters, our tutors and the judges. 

The Regional Final will take place in the evening but the group will need to ensure they are available during the day to attend the theatre and sound check/rehearse.