Dowsing for Sound to perform at the Corn Exchange

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Sixty voices and a fearless band, all local to Cambridge, take on the Corn Exchange.

Last year, in the unlikely venue of Great St Mary's church, 600 people found themselves on their feet for a standing ovation for a newcomer to the Cambridge music scene - a musical collective called Dowsing for Sound.

Playing an eclectic mix of choral covers, the group's repertoire ranges from rock to pop, Icelandic soundscapes to moody folk all delivered by sixty voices and a fearless house band, and all drawn from local talent. The musical director is Andrea Cockerton, no stranger to classical choral singing but her vision to produce something accessible and exciting led to the creation of Dowsing for Sound in 2010 and has since delighted audiences across the county with their unique repertoire.

This year, Dowsing for Sound is set to perform at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on the 16th of June and the excitement is already building with tickets for the ‘Liquid State’ gig going on sale on the 13th of April.

"We seek to challenge ourselves and our audiences to experience music that steps beyond what you'd expect from traditional choral singing or simple ‘pop’. Our musicians and singers come from a diverse range of musical backgrounds - some are classically trained and some have extensive performing experience, but the majority have no formal training at all and can’t read music… and yet the results are stunning. There is a huge amount of courage in the group, and when you get sixty people jamming with a band it’s incredibly powerful." says Cockerton.
With such a varied repertoire you'd be right to expect the unexpected with the exact line-up for the 2012 concerts a closely guarded secret. "Our audiences trust us to give them something surprising and we go to great effort to provide tremendous range and contrast. We can never be accused of being predictable and this year’s set has been crafted to be exciting, emotionally charged and moving as 2011."

Last year, Dowsing for Sound supported a variety of charities through their performances, and this year is no different with the Corn Exchange ‘Liquid State’ gig supporting two charities: Blue Smile, a new charity helping vulnerable children in Cambridge fulfil their true potential and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, particularly close to the group’s heart as one of the Dowsing singers lives with Cystic Fibrosis.

It is important to the members of the group to be part of choosing charities that are special to them. "All of us rehearse and perform in our spare time while balancing the demands of our daily lives, we love that our efforts go toward something bigger than our music."

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