It’s a wrap! VOX 2016 was so great that I felt I needed to say how absolutely fabulous it was for all, even if it is a couple of weeks after the event.

It is always a crazy time here at the Purple Palace and multi-tasking with many projects, but I am so pleased to see that VOX 2016 was such a success.

VOX 2016 was held on 25th June in Manchester. The VOX Team has had such a lovely response through personal messages and emails and across social media platforms. Thank you for all of these.

This year was a very special year and for me it was a privilege to be a part of it. We celebrated the late Phil Sayer with the first ‘VOX Veteran’ Award and also to introduce ‘The Sayer Producer of Year’ Award. Phil who sadly passed away earlier in the year was a great tribute and accolade to the voiceover industry. It was a very sad loss and will be missed greatly.

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So, the day began with the Round Tables and a large coffee and pastry. We all then networked and socialised over an amazing lunch- wow the hotel did good and many certainly wanted to go up for seconds and thirds and….

After being stuffed, we then had the first main talk from Wireless Group with their wonderful assistant and client, Shelly. It was all about creativity and the 3 way process and it highlighted how it really is a collaborative effort with writer, producer and voice-over artist to create a great piece whether it be for radio, TV or the corporate market.

After another short break and then ReelWorld’s, Laura Mather and Paul Fernley talked about imaging and jingle production. It was an interesting talk with them doing a battle of ‘Found Voices’ versus ‘Professional Voiceovers’. That created a certain atmosphere in the room and many debates in the break. Say no more- you just had to be there!

After a cup of tea and pastry to calm people down, the animation talk brought lots of laughter and fun to the room, leaving us with all being Scooby Doos! Again you should have been there. It was hilarious!

Jacky Davis chatted with Marc Silk (aka the voice of Roary The Racing Car, The Narrator in Pingu, Slugs in Fifi & The Flowertots, Nero in Danger Mouse along with many other of the voices, Johnny Bravo, Aks Moe in Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, Bob The Builder in America and many many more) along with Sarah Ann Kennedy (aka Nanny Plum in Ben & Holly’s Magic Kingdom, Miss Rabbit in Peppa Pig). She is also course leader in animation and senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, so a very talented lady and a privilege to know.

I have so much respect and admiration for these two and they were delightful in every way. I am so grateful to them for sharing their stories and voices!

The conference came to a close at 5pm and it gave us a little time to get ready for the dinner, awards and party time, unless you were wanting to watch the football in the bar!

This year the awards was yanked up a notch and with new awards judged by a panel of industry specialists it went down really well. Marc Silk did a sterling job hosting them.

The full list of winners and more can be seen on the VOX website.

A special video was commissioned to highlight Phil Sayer and it was quite a special moment to be in the room when all the attendees and guests stood up and gave him a standing ovation. I still get a shiver down my spine remembering it and writing this. It was also wonderful to hand the VOX Veteran award to his lovely wife, Elinor Hamilton, who also got a standing ovation. Phil certainly would have joked about this and shining down from his throne with a glass in his hand, no doubt.

The dancefloor opened and the party began in true style. The rest can be left to people’s imaginations and from the pictures posted on social media sites. I left for bed late, stuffed with cake and 4 bags of sweets from the candy cart, which I swore to everyone were for my kids! Pick n mix at 3am is a good choice!

What a wonderful industry we work in and I am proud to try and keep audio excellence promoted within it. VOX is a great community event for all that work in the voiceover industry and love being a part of it.

Cheers! 🙂

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