Formed in 2009, Lips has grown from a small group of women who love to sing, to a 100-strong musical force to be reckoned with.
Led by dynamic musical directors Kat Stark and Jessie Maryon Davies and accompanied by an all-female* live band, Lips create a wall of sound like nothing else.
Lips' members and influences come from far and wide and they’re as likely to weave Garage classics into Bjork arrangements as we are to belt out no-holds-barred All Saints Covers.
With their powerful vocal performances, rowdy gigs, original arrangements and unique song choices, Lips has transformed the concept of ‘the choir’.
Lips have collaborated with X Factor winner Leona Lewis and were handpicked by Alison Goldfrapp to perform alongside her at the Royal Albert Hall, where Goldfrapp described them as “Great singers with a wonderful musical sensibility."
Other performances include sell-out shows at the Coronet and the Union Chapel and on the main stages at Bestival, Camp Bestival and Wilderness Festival.
Lips is a supporter of the grassroots group Women Asylum Seekers Together London, and joined the WAST choir outside Yarl's Wood detention centre in protest at the treatment of people seeking asylum.
“A cracking repertoire of pop, soul and disco tunes… They can really sing” - Time Out
"A rare find. Such great singers with a wonderful musical sensibility." - Alison Goldfrapp
Our musical directors are Kat Stark and Jessie Maryon Davies.
Jessie regularly leads creative song-writing and composition projects for Spitalfields Music, Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and Aurora Orchestra. She trained as a pianist at the Royal Academy of Music and plays keys in a 90s cover band.
Kat has been leading choirs for 15 years. Having led community choirs and vocal groups from a young age, Kat honed her skills leading a gospel choir in Coventry between 2001-2004 and had the opportunity to learn from the incredible London Community Gospel Choir. In 2009, Kat and a group of friends founded LIPS Choir.
*Lips is a women’s choir for people who self-identify as female, trans and gender non-conforming.