A lot to shout about at The Dowsing Sound Collective’s Whisper Gig at Tattersalls in Newmarket

Tattersalls at Newmarket was a stunning venue for the Dowsing Sound Collective's Whisper Gig perform

Tattersalls at Newmarket was a stunning venue for the Dowsing Sound Collective's Whisper Gig performance - Credit: Archant

Two things stayed with me after seeing The Dowsing Sound Collective perform at Tattersalls in Newmarket.

Tattersalls at Newmarket was a stunning venue for the Dowsing Sound Collective's Whisper Gig perform

Tattersalls at Newmarket was a stunning venue for the Dowsing Sound Collective's Whisper Gig performance - Credit: Archant

The first, and the one that gets me every time I see this belt-it-out-from-the-heart choir, is the overwhelming sense of joy from every one of the 120-strong choir performing.

The second, and the one that needs shouting about is this, Tattersalls needs to host more music events.

The venue was simply stunning as an entertainment space and the lighting effects and acoustics achieved at this quirky gig setting were impressive.

Led by choir founder, pianist and conductor Andrea Cockerton the happy vibe of this bunch of maverick marvels is both contagious and mesmerising in equal measure.


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With a 20-song set list for their Whisper Gig, the choir began and ended with Alt J song, Warm Foothills, yet by the time the show ended it sounded somehow more haunting.

In between were there takes on classics such as Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love, Kate Bush’s Running up That Hill and John Newman’s Love Me Again, not forgetting a cover of the former Clash guitarist Joe Strummer’s song, Ramshackle Day Parade.

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Every time they perform the choir manages to throw out a piece with the power to reduce me to tears.

This time it was with the Villagers song Nothing Arrived and also at the end when Ms Cockerton invited the audience into the ring to join the choir for the Bill Withers classic Lean on Me.

A fantastic end to a perfect evening.

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