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Voice In A Million
The Voice In A Million project are delighted to announce the opening of Surrey’s very own Voice In A Million Academy in Chertsey. The flagship Academy is run by the project’s producer, Jo Garofalo, who not only has a vast amount of experience working with many talented children from the South of England, but was also part of the creative force that engaged thousands of children from Surrey to perform at the London 02 Arena last January in an event which raised awareness for Adoption & Fostering in the UK.

With the highly popular Talent Television shows, X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, more young people than ever, are keen to learn how to sing and perform like their idols. The Chertsey Voice In A Million Academy opened in May and due to popular demand is now set to launch a second 3 hour session every Sunday afternoon, in addition to the existing morning sessions. The Academy will appeal to children with varying degrees of talent from Surrey (between the ages of 7 & 18) and provide them with the opportunity to join a unique performance organization that have opened academies across the UK and develop their skills in Vocal, Recording and Live Performance techniques.

Robert & Jo Garofalo, founders of the Voice In A Million project says, ‘We firmly believe that singing is an important part of a child’s overall well-being and are proud to have seen so many develop both artistically and confidently throughout their time with the Voice In A Million Academies’.

At least Four ARENA events a year are performed by Voice In A Million Groups, singing live in front of extremely large audiences, in prestigious venues to raise awareness for the British Association For Adoption & Fostering, which are normally reserved for A-List artists. Each Voice In A Million Academy also stages its own local theatre show each year and all members of the academy are encouraged to take part in recording sessions for Voice In A Million downloads, singles and album releases.

The existing Voice In A Million Academy members have the following live performances to look forward to;

Celebrating Surrey Festival (Main Stage) 26th Jun 2010

Nottingham Trent FM Arena 7th Oct 2010

Liverpool Echo Arena 10th Nov 2010

London 02 Arena 1st Feb 2011

Voice In A Million staged a huge concert at the London 02 Arena on 28th Jan 2010, which gathered a staggering 5200 children from educational & performance schools across the UK performing tracks from the Voice In A Million Songbook in front of a 7000 audience.

Both the Academy and events at the 02 Arena and beyond raises awareness in support of The British Association For Adoption & Fostering (BAAF). ‘The academy that makes a difference’ not only enhances ability and confidence of each child attending, but also makes a difference to those children that need families. Voice In A Million strives to achieve awareness of the plight of millions of children worldwide that are orphaned, abandoned or separated from their birth parents and in need of a loving family for life.



9 things that will disappear in our lifetime  
05/08/2012

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Cheque
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes

6. Music
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

7. Television
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The "Things" That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories".  And then probably Alzheimers will take that away from you too!
 


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