Welcome to Vocal Explosion


NEW TERM START DATE for Brighton Vocal Explosion: SEPT 7th 2017!


‘Drawing influences from around the globe and across the centuries, Brighton’s Vocal Explosion is an extraordinary sonic experience’
-Phil Jackson, BBC.

Vocal Explosion Brighton are a choral ensemble with a powerful, distinct sound of many colours; evocative harmonies layered over strong rhythms and shimmering soft melodies with spiritual textures.

At the heart of their repertoire are the inventive, bold and earthy compositions of founder and musical director, Juliet Russell. Drawing on chants, laments, Gypsy songs and music from around the globe, Russell deftly meshes contemporary rhythmic arrangements with age old harmonies. The result is an engrossing global mosaic of the ancient and modern.

A little taster of one of our pieces:

We are currently looking for new singers. You do not need experience or the ability to read music (you learn from an mp3 recording downloadable from the website). You simply need a good, flexible voice that can blend with others, plus the ability to hold a tune and take direction.

Rehearsals take place every Tuesday 8-10pm during term time in Brighton (£9/£7 unwaged) and we ask for an 80 percent attendance in order to deliver between one and three performances per term.

We often play with world class musicians such as: Dirk Campbell, who performs his enchanting world music with the duduk, fujara, kora and bagpipes; and Paul Johnson, a multi-instrumentalist and regular musician for The Globe. Performances range from guest appearances at the London A Cappella Festival, site-specific work, both urban and in the landscape, festivals throughout the UK, and our own sellout gigs.

For further information or to apply for an audition to join Vocal Explosion please contact us at


If you are interested in joining us, please contact: Come sing with us!

‘Vocal Explosion Choir delivers masterpieces, making beauty from sounds, conveying narrative and emotion with no need for translation. This rich and powerful choir transcends language barriers.’
– Euton Daley, Director, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford