Why join our group?

The group is composed of people of various nationalities who get together to sing Brazilian music and celebrate Brazilian culture, within an original and slightly unconventional project, mixing voices and musical arrangements with theatrical elements, even though the majority of the group had never set foot on a stage before joining.

Nossa Voz Profile

Nossa Voz is the first Brazilian singing group in London and was created in 2004 by Maestro Gui Tavares, an experienced Brazilian musician who has worked with many of the great names of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). Gui has a classical music training but has developed his career composing and playing popular music. This combination is strongly present in the work of Nossa Voz.

The idea of creating a musical group was born one evening when Gui was playing, together with another musician, in a restaurant in Camden Town and they noticed that the people around them began to sing the songs of various MPB groups.

Nossa Voz has the objective of showing the richness and diversity of Brazilian Popular Music to the British public, including in our repertoire songs from many composers, taking our audiences on a musical journey that goes from indigenous songs, carnival marches, sambas from the 1930s, passing through the Choro of the 1950s and the foreign influences of the 1960s and 70s with the arrival of The Beatles and Rock and Roll in Brazil and their impact on new Brazilian composers.

The group is composed of people of various nationalities who get together to sing Brazilian music and celebrate Brazilian culture, within an original and slightly unconventional project, mixing voices and musical arrangements with theatrical elements, even though the majority of the group had never set foot on a stage before joining. The result of this idea has been presented through the show “Singing Brazil” since December 2006.

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What members say?

Tania Rosler

I joined Nossa Voz in February 2011, but in this short time I’ve felt welcomed into the group and very much a part of it. The sessions are good fun and full of energy. My singing has improved, as has my knowledge of Brazilian music and culture. No matter how busy I am, I’m always glad I’ve made the effort to go to the rehearsals one evening a week, and feel fantastic as a result. Rehearsing in my own time is never a problem, I really enjoy the songs and they always make me feel good. This is definitely one of the best things I’ve ever got myself involved in!

Valerie Rowles

I joined Nossa Voz following a workshop where I learnt something about the repertoire, style of teaching and Gui’s vision for the group. There was also an audition, for those who wanted it – a bit nerve-wracking but a good test too! Since joining, I have found the group to be incredibly friendly and welcoming. My struggles with the language, as a non-speaker of Portuguese, have been much diminished by the support of the Portuguese and Brazilians in Nossa Voz who’ve been willing to give me pronounciation tips and lots of encouragement. There is a laid-back feel to rehearsals and the concerts which stresses the enjoyment factor of performing. The songs we sing are simply lovely, with gorgeous harmonies, that can be variously uplifing or soulful, high energy or contemplative. I’m always left slightly astonished at the sound we can produce with relatively little repetition. And that samba beat makes it impossible to stand still!

Tola A. Ositelu

For someone with a long time interest in Brazilian music and a budding fascination with the Portuguese language, singing with Nossa Voz is ideal. It feels natural; like connecting with a dormant part of myself. Gui’s rich vocal arrangements are both challenging and rewarding for a harmony-enthusiast like me. There is much to be learned under Gui’s tutellage and thanks to his vast musical expertise I feel as if I am really growing in knowledge and ability as well. The culturally diverse group is very friendly and welcoming. I really enjoy the social events too. I feel like an honorary Brazilian!

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