Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2016

7th - 16th October 2016

Unique in the South West, Bristol’s own Festival of Song, launched in 2010, is an annual, inclusive and city-wide celebration of the human voice.

By gathering together the extraordinary range and repertoire of the city’s singers, choirs, ensembles, vocal artists and groups we continue to proudly proclaim Bristol as the UK’s premier ‘City of Song’. 

For a full ten days in October the city will resonate with outstanding performances, workshops, open rehearsals and Song Raids that includes a rich diversity of genres from classical, community, contemporary and gospel, to world, roots and sacred songs - not to mention seafaring shanties...

  • Exultate Singers

    Bristol's accomplished Chamber Choir who give concerts around the UK and abroad. Well known for their polished, inventive and entertaining programmes of a wide variety of choral music from across the centuries. Dreams of Flight - Exultate Singers are flying high with an eclectic programme that contrasts vivid settings of words from the psalms and madrigals inspired by birds with contemporary pieces describing the soaring and excitement of aeroplanes and the freedom of flight. The programme includes the premiere of Dancing Star by Toby Young, a celebration of dancing in all its forms from folk, ballroom to the urban nightclub.

  • Lilliput Concerts

    Professional classical concerts for babies, toddlers and their grown ups! Lilliput Concerts present music for Bass. Acclaimed Bristol-based Bass, Niall Hoskin, will be performing a selection of songs to enchant, entertain and surprise. The concerts are aimed at families with babies aged 0-5 (with older siblings welcome too!).

  • Early Stroll Songs

    A new song cycle for guitar and voice, based on the Tweets of Ian McMillan. Will be performed at St Georges on 11th October alongside songs by John Rutter and John Dowland. Plus an intro and poems from Ian McMillan himself.

  • National Teachers' Choir Performance

    A chance to hear the acclaimed National Teachers’ Choir, as teachers from around the country take to the stage at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol, to sing an uplifting and varied programme of songs, with items for audience participation. All are welcome!

  • Bristol MAN Chorus

    The mighty Male Voice classics from the Land of the Dragon. Georgian/Bulgarian repertoire to make the very stones weep. Vintage Barbershop cheese (tempered with a small pinch of salt). Also odes to facial hair, garden sheds, reversing round corners....

  • Gurt Lush!

    Extraordinary open-access choir split between 3 branches. (Weekly rehearsals in St Andrews, Redland & Southville). They aim to sing the eclectic mix of a good community choir, but with the ambitious harmony, tone colour and sophistication of a good choral society.

  • Harbourside & City Song Raids

    Every 20 minutes from 11.25am, starting at the M Shed, choirs will serenade you with song – make sure you find them! Have a look at the Song Raid page for full details!

  • National Teachers' Choir weekend intensive workshop

    Teachers - Come and sing with the National Teachers’ Choir for a weekend of inspiring music-making in Bristol. NTC welcomes all kinds of school teacher and music tutor – no audition! 1pm Saturday 8th to 4pm Sunday 9th October 2016 at the Tobacco Factory, with a public performance at 3pm. Fee is £85 including Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch. To find out more and book your place visit www.nationalteacherschoir.org.uk

 

What's on and where 2016

Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2016

7th - 16th October 2016

Unique in the South West, Bristol’s own Festival of Song, launched in 2010, is an annual, inclusive and city-wide celebration of the human voice.

By gathering together the extraordinary range and repertoire of the city’s singers, choirs, ensembles, vocal artists and groups we continue to proudly proclaim Bristol as the UK’s premier ‘City of Song’. 

For a full ten days in October the city will resonate with outstanding performances, workshops, open rehearsals and Song Raids that includes a rich diversity of genres from classical, community, contemporary and gospel, to world, roots and sacred songs - not to mention seafaring shanties...

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