We’re proud that SIX of our extended Swingles family recently made history by taking part in the first ever entirely female recording session at Abbey Road Studios. The ground-breaking recording, an original song called ‘Twenty-first-century woman’, was written by ex-Swingle Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and features Sara Davey, Jo Marshall, Lucy Potterton, Liz Swain and Sarah Eyden among many other brilliant and talented women. The single will be released on International Women’s Day 2019, and all proceeds will go to charities supporting women and girls around the world. Find out more at the link above and follow the story on social media #twentyfirstcenturywomansong
We’re excited to announce that Imogen Parry will be joining The Swingles from February 2019. Imogen bowled us over with her effortless sound, joyful energy and impeccable musicianship, and we’re thrilled to have her on the team as we embark on new musical adventures.
Imogen grew up in London and Suffolk, and recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Theatre Studies and Comparative Literature. During her studies, which included an exchange year at Boston College, she performed in numerous musicals including Guys and Dolls, The Last Five Years, Titanic, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Assassins, What Every Girl Should Know, Spring Awakening and Evita. She spent a summer on the West End with the National Youth Music Theatre, as an actor-musician in Howard Goodall’s The Hired Man. Imogen also brings a wealth of experience in choral singing, having sung on the Eton Choral Courses, with the Rodolfus Choir and with professional choirs in London.
Imogen says: “I have dreamt of being a Swingle for as long as I can remember. The people in this group are my heroes, and it is completely surreal to sing with them. I am so excited and honoured to be a part of the Swingle family.”
Please join us in giving Imogen the warmest of welcomes!
A message from Clare Wheeler:
It's impossible to measure the talent, creative vision and wisdom Clare has brought to The Swingles. Over more than a decade, she's been a vital force in the development of the group. We've missed her during her maternity leave and we'll miss her even more now that she's decided to move on permanently, but we can't wait to hear whatever wonderful music she makes next. Please join us in wishing Clare all the love, luck and happiness in the world on her next adventures!
We're excited to share a new live session video of our original song Narnia.
Narnia was written by Jo, Oli and Sara for our album Deep End and is one of our favourites to perform live. It's a song about childhood, and the things you believe or take for granted. As a child, Jo read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis and was utterly devastated when she discovered that the back of her wardrobe was in fact solid, and she couldn’t walk through to the magical world beyond. When you’re a child, no dream or idea is too big or too small. Narnia is about holding onto that imagination and not letting it slip away from you.
Thanks to our Swingle Squad supporters on Patreon for making this video possible! We have lots of exciting videos planned for the next few months – to see them before anyone else and get exclusive rewards and peeks behind the scenes, head over to our Patreon page and sign up today!
We’re delighted to announce that Federica Basile will be joining The Swingles as our new soprano from the end of July. At her audition we were all blown away by Federica’s beautiful sound, vocal versatility and magnetic stage presence. We think you will be too.
Federica comes from Padova in northern Italy, making her the first ever Italian member of the group. After obtaining a degree in East Asian Studies at Cà Foscari University of Venice, she trained in musical theatre at the Accademia del musical di Castrocaro, under Fabiola Ricci. Earlier in 2018 she starred in a musical version of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Federica currently sings with Italy’s first Abba tribute band, and with Summertime Gospel Choir in Padova.
She says: “Joining The Swingles is an incredible and totally unexpected opportunity for both my artistic and personal growth, I’m still pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming! I’m thrilled and just can’t wait to start.”
Please welcome Federica as we begin a new chapter together!
We’re sad to announce that our wonderful Sara has decided that the time has come for her to move on from The Swingles. She will be leaving at the end of May 2018 after nine years as the group’s high soprano, crafter-in-residence, southern belle and diva extraordinaire. Her one-in-a-billion sound, radiant stage presence, kindness and silliness will be missed more than we can express here, but we intend to make the very most of our last months touring with her.
Please join us in sending Sara all the love and luck in the world for whatever comes next… starting with her birthday celebrations tomorrow!
The Swingles are very proud to be part of the new film Downsizing! Along with composer Rolfe Kent, our own Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson and Edward Randell co-wrote a new song called ‘A Little Change in the Weather’, which you can hear us sing over the film’s closing credits. Directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig, it’s an enchanting, hilarious movie that’s already attracted some fabulous reviews as it does the rounds of the major film festivals. We had an amazing night at the UK premiere last Friday and even got to strut our stuff on the red carpet in London’s Leicester Square. The film hits cinemas worldwide in December: be sure to catch it, and stick around for the credits!
Our alto Clare is going to be a mother! We’re so excited for Clare and Nick as they get ready to welcome their little man into the world this October. We can’t wait to meet him and find out what kind of musical superhuman these two can produce ;-)
Clare will be performing with The Swingles until the end of August before taking some time off. While she’s on maternity leave, we’re delighted to welcome back our former alto Lucy Potterton. Lucy has gone from strength to strength since leaving the group in 2011, as a solo artist (Lulah), sought-after backing vocalist (for Florence + the Machine) and session singer – we’re so happy she’s agreed to come back for a few more months of Swingledom. We’ll also be joined for several shows by the multi-talented vocalist and choir director Liz Swain (SOUND, Voicelab, London Voices), who has done a wonderful job depping for us over the last year. We’re excited and honoured to be working with these brilliant musicians!