The Invidia Voices Story
Invidia Voices was born in 2012, when Matt Emerson decided to set up a rock & soul choir for his students. He felt that many of the existing choirs lacked an emphasis on fun and wanted to bring back the social, enjoyable side to performing as part of a vocal group.
The first sessions started off as the Carolling & Christmas Choir, which turned into a roaring success. As a result of the enthusiastic response from all involved, Matt and Alex Emmerson decided to turn the choir into a full-time group. By March of 2012, well over a hundred new members had signed up to join the newly named Invidia Voices Rock & Soul Choir.
From a single group that originally took place at Epic Studios on Magdalen St, Norwich the choir quickly grew into two sessions taking place at St Luke’s Church, before expanding out to Acle. More venues are now being added all the time, bringing Invidia Voices to the whole of Norfolk, East Anglia and beyond.
Lauren Dove – a well-known and accomplished UK singer, Lauren has residencies in one of the top London Blues venues and studied Jazz vocals at Goldsmith’s University in London. She has an infectious love of all things musical and as a tutor herself she understands the learning process.
Charlotte Joyce – national Blues Award nominee Charlotte Joyce is a popular face on the East Anglian music scene. A skilled and accomplished vocalist and piano player, fronting her own ensemble. She has an energy and enthusiasm that she brings to the Invidia Choir, inspiring members to experience the fun of singing.
Samantha Coe – Sam’s background in pop music, having spent 3 years as part of a girl band that supported Take That on their reunion tour. Sam has also worked alongside some of the world’s best songwriters and producers, and still gigs regularly with her own band, bringing a ton of knowledge and skill to Invidia Voices.
Christine Chamberlain – a highly skilled and experienced vocal coach and music teacher, Chris has regularly led choirs and vocal groups around the country. Her love of music and teaching is immediately evident and very infectious!
Viktoria Juganzon – a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Viktoria comes to us with years of performance and teaching experience, and a real passion for music, performance, and getting the best out her students, no matter their ability!
Cath Coombs – Cath is an established singer and vocal coach in the Cambridge area. She has performed internationally on the folk and blues scene, now fronting her own 8 piece soul/funk band. She has also taught one to one and led choirs and workshops for many years. Cath loves to teach and really believes in drawing out the unique voice of each person.
Tomas Frankson – Tomas boasts both a high level of musicianship and a professional work ethic that has seen him perform at prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, alongside artist such as SG Lewis, Izzy Bizu, Slaves, Tom Misch, & Aurora. Currently working with projects Loome and Princess Slayer, who have achieved airplay on BBC Radio 1 Radio 6, and Eagle Radio.Tomas is a multi-instrumentalist, performance degree graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music, producer, vocalist and owner of TF Music School. Tomas also acts as a mentor to several budding young musicians who are studying at prestigious music schools across the country.
Kerry Jo Hodgkin – Kerry comes from a family of classical singers and trained as an actress/musical theatre performer at Birmingham School of Speech & Drama. She has worked with some of the top jazz/blues musicians in the UK with performances at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh and the National Theatre. Kerry also has an extensive career as a teacher of Technical Singing and Acting Through Song.
Cat Stafford – Operational Director – originally one of our Invidia Choir members, Cat was always keen to help out and get involved with the organising meetings and events. Eventually, she became so dedicated and helpful that we had no choice to offer her a full-time position as one of our company directors.
Matt Emmerson – Managing Director – after a couple of decades working as a professional Jazz musician and musical tutor, Matthew decided to found Invidia Voices. He is passionate about helping people realise their singing potential.
Alex Emmerson – Strategic Director – a dedicated vocalist and practised singer, Alex founded Invidia Voices alongside Matt in 2012 and is heavily involved with making Invidia Voices both memorable and exciting.