Dowsing Sound Collective, a maverick modern choir, to perform at Tattersalls in Newmarket this weekend

Dowsing Sound Collective

Dowsing Sound Collective - Credit: Archant

A choir of more than 100 voices that takes modern songs and gives them a maverick twist is performing in the sales ring of Tattersalls in Newmarket.

Dowsing Sound Collective, which was founded in Cambridge and now also has a choir in London, perform on Saturday January 30.

It takes first time and experienced singers, mixes them with pro and semi pro musicians, and gigs them in serious music venues with full sound, light and staging production.

A spokesman said: “ We’re just a little bit maverick, a little bit anarchic, and absolutely not conventional. Somewhere half in between being a choir and a band. “Eclectic set lists ranging from Scandinavian soundscapes, soaring club anthems and indie hits back to plainsong and early polyphony.

“We’re undaunted by written notes, yet many of us can’t read music. Passionately music making, open to all.

“Because there is incredible music out there, but not everyone gets to be in a band. Because conventional choral music is exquisite, but not everyone can read music.

“Because community choirs sing great pop tracks, but often with simple arrangements which experienced singers wouldn’t feel challenged by.

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“We’re absolutely in the middle, and then we add instruments. We draw all of these together because we believe that you don’t have to be a trained musician to be musical, that it is possible for people to sing intricate arrangements with no past experience of reading music.

“Our experience shows that when you mix both first time singers, professional musicians and experienced singers together, performing a broad, challenging set list that stretches everyone, something rather magical happens.”

The gig starts at 7.45pm, with doors open from 7.15pm.

Tickets cost £18.50 (concessions £14.50) plus venue booking fee and are available from