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!).

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • Royal Mail Choir

    The Royal Mail, formed three years ago for the BBC TV programme Sing while you work, has gone on to give concerts around the UK, raising over £50K for charity. They have performed for HM The Queen and Prince Charles and recorded a charity single with Joe McElderry and the Royal Mail Christmas TV Advertisement at Abbey Road Studios.

  • National Teachers' Choir Performance

    A choir for teachers from around the country who sing in a high-performing unauditioned national choir. They work with all abilities, supporting participants to sing really well while enjoying themselves and developing musically and vocally. They have held one of their 3 annual intensive weekend rehearsals during the Festival and would like to invite you to sample their work!

  • 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

    If you’d like to join with other teachers from around the country and sing in a high-performing unauditioned national choir, then this is the group for you! It doesn’t matter how experienced or confident you are as a singer – they work with all abilities, and will support you to sing really well while enjoying yourself and developing musically and vocally. They'll also provide you with ideas and repertoire to take back into school. This weekend includes a free informal singing workshop & performance for the public as part of the Bristol Festival of Song on Sunday 3pm.

 

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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