Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2014

10th - 19th October 2014

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...

  • Classical for Beginners

    Zadok the Priest : It’s one of the best-known pieces of choral music – you’ll recognise it from many royal occasions – but have you ever sung it? Here’s your chance – a choral workshop on this exciting work by Handel, led by Martin Le Poidevin. We defy you not to have chills down your spine as you prepare for that first note! No need to read music.

  • All That Jazz with Wendy Sergeant

    “Slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes” and grab the chance to work with the wonderful Wendy on her own harmony arrangements – no need to read music, Wendy will take you there in effortless style.

  • The Magnificent AK 47 and Stepford Singers

    A bunch of blokes who have somehow been lucky enough to unlock their inner minstrels through the medium of song join together with Bishopston’s infamous all-female community choir for a special Festival of Song concert.

  • Southmead Hospital Arts Festival

    A diversity of events to celebrate the way the arts bring the brand new Brunel building to life and connect the hospital to the communities who use it. Choirs, including Original Sing, Great Sea Choir, Ponita, Firefly, Fascinating Rhythm, Clifton Gospel Choir and The Gasmen, will follow sing throughout the public spaces and on the wards.

  • The Singing Cure with Stephen Taberner

    Stephen Taberner, best known for his leadership of the Spooky Men's Chorale, has 20 years of experience in cultivating ecstatic, grooving, blended sound from mere mortals. He's led singing weekends, choirs and large scale events all over the world. In this workshop, he'll present his own cocktail of funky originals, thinking person's pop/rock, georgian delicacies, and cherrypicked world music bon bons, and use them as a portal into a world where open ears and a goodly collective pulse take us to a place where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. No previous singing experience is needed, just the desire to lend your voice to the greater cause. This will be an experience to leave your feet tapping, your chest zingling, and your heart light.

  • Great Western Chorus close harmony workshop for men!

    Learn to sing in 4-part unaccompanied close harmony, led by Director Linda Corcoran and members of GWC, and be given the opportunity/option to perform it on a Christmas show session with the chorus. Multi award winning GWC (8 times national Barbershop champions) is one of the finest amateur male acappella '4 part harmony' groups in Britain.

  • Bristol Choral Society

    Celebrating 125 years of singing by and for the people of Bristol this year, Bristol Choral Society stages several large-scale concerts at Colston Hall every year, plus at least one 'Come & Sing' day when all are welcome to spend the day singing with us under our conductor Adrian Partington.

  • Bath Community Gospel Choir

    This all-access choir performs spirituals, traditional, R&B, funky and pop gospel‚ and of course there‚ all the swaying and clapping into the bargain!

  • Singing in Harmony with Rhymetime

    Bring your children along for this adult session.

  • Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend

    A festival celebrating Cary Grant’s Bristol Roots. The Hippodrome Choir will be singing in front of the foyer as part of this festival and the Song Raids with songs from the shows.

  • Harbourside & City Song Raids

    Every 20 minutes from 10.30am, starting at the M Shed, choirs will serenade you with song – make sure you find them! Route: M Shed, The Matthew, Bristol Ferry Boats, Pero's Bridge, Millennium Square, Anchor Square, Cascade Steps and Bristol Sightseeing Open Top Buses to Clifton Village. Choir timings to be announced really really soon!

  • Sounding the City at St George’s

    A richly eclectic celebration of the outstanding singers, ensembles, and choirs in the region. Come and share in the joy and inspiration that singing brings to across the South West. Feel free to wander in and out during sessions.

What's on and where 2014

Find out about last year's festival.

Evaluation Summary for 2013

Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2014

10th - 19th October 2014

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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