This exceptional vocal group is made up of members from the south coast area. Over the years they have raised nearly £40,000 for numerous charities. Many of its members are choir directors themselves. Salvacosta not only gives each vocalist a chance to enjoy their singing but also the opportunity to share their talent by giving back to the community and helping others.
They were formed in 2000 under the leadership of Darren Bartlett initially for a 'one-off concert'. That success has grown into a series of concerts of musical excellence, all for local community and charitable fund-raising events.
Their repertoire ranges from musical theatre to easy listening pop and includes the occasional traditional choral piece too.
Salvacosta have maintained an individual musical style of the highest standard, which continues to develop under Darren’s innovative leadership & instruction. His arrangements & compositions take us on an easy-listening musical experience through a wide range of styles, from close harmony to gospel, from solo voice to classical choral and on to musical theatre.
Since the success of their first recording ‘You Raise Me Up’ with Darren and Swedish gospel singer Annika Hansson, back in 2002, the group continue to be inundated with requests for concerts. These have included appearances at theatres and concert halls throughout the UK.
They were invited to be perform at Wembley in 2005, and a number of the songs performed on that occasion were the basis for their second album, "Believe". They have also performed live on BBC Radio numerous times.
2012 - First appearance at the National Choir of the year competition winning "Choir of the day" in their South West regional heat.
In 2013 they launched "The Christmas Collection", recorded and produced by members of the group themselves, and released in conjunction with BBC Radio Solent. Salvacosta have raised many tens of thousands of pounds for charity, and this CD is no exception - proceeds being donated to the BBC Children In Need appeal.
2014 saw the group reach the Category Finals of the national Choir Of The Year competition, performing at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, placing Salvacosta in the top 4 adult choirs in the country. Subsequently this led to an invitation from the BBC to feature in a Radio 3 broadcast recorded at the famous famous Maida Vale studios . This recording was also used to enter the group into the European competition "LET THE PEOPLE SING".
2015 brought the launch of their fourth album entitled 'True Colours'!
2016 promises to be a very exciting year! See our Calendar of Events here.
Charities that Salvacosta have raised money for include :
The Salvation Army, Brendoncare, Breast Cancer Care, Alfie's Trust, Naomi House,
Julia's House, Southampton Hospital Radiotherapy Unit, Fibromyalgia+, Kenya Trust , Myanmar Children's Home, BBC Children in Need,
Southampton Hospital Chemotherapy Unit, Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People, 'Vision of Hope" (Ukraine).
If you would like to book Salvacosta to appear at your concert or event
please contact us here.
Previous Engagements in 2015
In this year a brand new album from Salvacosta arrived, with time in the studio recording and of course lots of performances too.
Previous Engagements in 2014
Saturday 8th March 2014: BBC CHOIR OF THE YEAR COMPETITION Fairfield Halls. Awarded Choir of the day and heat winners.
Saturday 29th March 2014 @ 7pm: Salvacosta in Concert at The Salvation Army, Poole.
Saturday/ Sunday 21st/22nd June 2014 - Visit to Leeds Central Corps.
Sunday October 19th 2014 - BBC CHOIR OF THE YEAR CATEGORY FINALS @ The Royal Festival Hall, London.
(TOP 4 ADULT CHOIRS IN THIS UK COMPETITION)
Saturday 22nd November 2014 : Salvacosta in Concert at The Salvation Army, Sholing. Concert In aid of Southampton General Hospital Radiotherapy unit .
Saturday 13th December 2014 @ 7.30 pm: CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION CONCERT : Annual spectacular Christmas concert in support of Brendon Care featuring, Salvacosta Vocal Harmony Group with Darren Bartlett and Woodfalls Brass Band.
December : Guildford Cathedral - A special Christmas concert featuring Salvacosta and other artists.