Would you love to attend an event whereby you are in the show, regardless of how talented you think you are? CHOIR!CHOIR!CHOIR! is that show and it is a case of anything goes and everyone gets picked.
Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman will be leading the audience through a range of songs. They have both performed with David Byrne, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright and Rick Astley.
We caught with Nobu to find out more about the show before it arrives in Manchester at the Albert Hall next month.
Can you tell us a bit more about the show?
CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! gets large groups of people to sing the greatest songs of all time! There are no auditions, you just show up, we split you into parts, and teach you what to sing. Daveed and I are on stage making sense of the chaos but every single person in the room is the show. We banter, we bring people on stage, we try to get everyone to share deeply personal details of their lives (!), and just have an amazing time. You never quite know what’ll happen from one show to the next.
What would you like audiences to get from this unique night out?
We want people to let themselves go, be in the moment, and connect with others in the room. If you’re a pitch perfect singer – great! – but if you’re not, this night is just as much for you. This time around we’re throwing an Epic 80s Singalong and we think it’s the best night ever!
Who are the most surprising artists you have worked with, in terms of their humility and kindness?
Each collaboration we’ve done with an artist has been special in their own ways. David Byrne was a standout for his extreme curiosity and willingness to engage and play with us. He met us to do soundcheck in the lobby of NYC’s Public Theater, not seeming to care that people were watching.
As we taught the audience backups to David Bowie’s “Heroes”, he joined them to learn the parts even though he was going to be singing lead. And he wrote an in-depth post script of the experience on his blog. We were floored.
Can anyone be taught/coached to sing, regardless of their starting point or experience?
Simple answer, yes. Shows like The Voice and American Idol has made people feel that you need to be polished to be a good singer. I love a refined singer but I also like voices that have tons of personality and some off notes. It makes the sound more interesting.
What are you looking forward to the most about coming to Manchester?
It’s always great knowing you’re going to a city where people know how to party. Manchester is one of those places and we can’t wait to be there.
CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! The Epic 80s Tour is at the Albert Hall Manchester on 26th March and tickets can be booked here.