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									                                                                          Press Release
                                                                                May 20, 2012


British a capella group Black Voices are to perform in Vietnam to celebrate the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at a reception hosted by British Ambassador in Vietnam
in May 2012.

Black Voices have entertained presidents including Nelson Mandela, the Late
Pope, most of the members of the British Royal Family and have shared the stage
with musical greats including Ray Charles and Nina Simone.

Over their 24 years, Black Voices has steadily built up a reputation for delivering
stunning performances through a soulful and inspirational harmonic blend. Their
ever-growing repertoire includes spiritual, traditional African, Caribbean and
English folk songs as well as jazz, gospel, pop and reggae.

The group has worked with a mix of composers and arrangers from the UK in
extending the range and diversity of its musicality, as well as Mark Kibble of
American gospel sextet Take 6.

Black Voices have been invited by British Council Vietnam with support from
Diageo Vietnam to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Their first public show
in Vietnam will be in Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, 7 Cong truong Lam Son,
District 1 on 20 May at 8.00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Ho Chi Minh City
Ballet, Symphony and Orchestra Office.

Later they will appear at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien on 21 May at 8pm.
Tickets can be purchased on or contact Mr Phuong on
0913489858 or 0983067996.

Ticket prices: VND 150.000, 250.000, 350.000, 500.000
(Preferential price for students: VND 100.000)

Black Voices last performance will be to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Reception on 22 May 2012 at an invitation-only event at HMA residence. They will
also deliver master classes for singers at Vietnam National Academy of Music and
Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi and for singers at the Music
Conservatory and the Ballet, Symphony & Orchestra in HCMC.

British Council director Robin Rickard said: “We’re immensely grateful to Black
Voices for visiting us here in Vietnam and sharing their incredible talents. I can
think of no better way to represent the diversity of Britain and thus to celebrate the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee than through their performance.”
Further information about Black Voices can be found on:

For more information, please contact:

Vu Hai Đang                                   Ha Thiên Ha
Communications Manager                        Arts Manager
British Council Vietnam                       British Council Vietnam
20 Thuy Khue, Ha Noi                          20 Thuy Khue, Ha Noi
T +84 (0)4 3728 1920 ext 1957                 T +84 (0)4 3728 1920 ext 1924
F +84 (0)4 38434962                           F +84 (0)4 38434962       

About the British Council:

  The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities
   and cultural relations and the world’s leading cultural relations organisation
 The British Council connects people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from
   the UK to build lasting relationships around the world
 We operate in 110 countries and territories worldwide and have been in Vietnam since
 In Vietnam, we focus on Education, English language and the Arts
 The British Council is a non-political organisation which operates at arm’s length from

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