Biography

There are two groups that have recorded under the name Chantage.

1) Chantage was formed in 1999 by its Musical Director James Davey, and quickly established itself in London as a stylish and energetic young chamber choir. It draws singers from all over the country and from all walks of life. Strong commitment from its members has helped forge a growing reputation as an outstanding amateur choir with a national reputation. In 2006 won the BBC Radaio 3 ‘Choir of the Year’ competition.

Chantage performs a wide range of repertoire, programming works traditionally performed by English chamber choirs alongside lesser known works sourced from foreign choral cultures. More recently Chantage has been experimenting with group vocal percussion and other unusual contemporary styles. There is something for everyone at each Chantage performance, and the choir will take on any vocal challenge.

The choir supports young composers, regularly premiering new compositions and arrangements, many being written by its members. Chantage also encourages self-improvement through regular workshops, enabling members to learn vocal techniques, and new styles of music. The choir regularly performs across the United Kingdom and collaborates with choirs of all types, particularly school and youth choirs. As well as being invited to sing at a number of choral conventions, Chantage has also performed for a number of television and radio broadcasts.

2) Chantage was a one-off reggae project consisting of members of the On-U Sound roster. They released one single “It’s Only Money” in 1982, produced by Adrian Sherwood.

Edited by chewtoy on 14 Apr 2013, 07:15

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