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...

  • Sounding the City - Evening Session 6.00 - 10.00pm

    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 people across the South West. Feel free to wander in and out during sessions.

  • Eko Trio

    Ranging from jazz and soul to folk and electronica, each artist brings something fresh to the table and together they find a common ground in vocal harmony. The Eko Trio present a modern twist on vintage and traditional acappella singing their sound can be experimental, sometimes comic and always beautiful.

  • Bristol Male Voice Choir

    Bristol MVC has a membership of about 70 choristers who perform for all sorts of charities in order to raise funds for their work in many different areas.

  • Cole Porter Celebration

    Join the Bristol Hippodrome Choir for a evening of song celebrating Cole Porter.

  • Velvetones

    A sophisticated female trio performing well known songs with a twist. The Velvetones have been delighting audiences since the group was formed in late 2013.

  • The Magnificent AK47

    A bunch of blokes who have somehow been lucky enough to unlock their inner minstrels through the medium of song - they are the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes! Inspired by Georgian harmonies and attracted to the musically irreverent and absurd, they offer serious singing combined with profound insights into modern male angst.

  • The Filtonaires

    6 male voices, 3 acoustic guitars, singing 50s and 60s hits. They love their performing and strive to make all audiences happy to hear them and to join in - and you most definitely will!

  • The Gasmen

    Ten guys who love singing a cappella with real feeling. Expect to be delighted and you won't be disappointed.

  • The Divine Paradox (of Human Beings in Paradise)

    Andy Sheppard - Saxophone. A composition for massed community choirs, saxophone, percussion/electronics and double bass by the composer/saxophonist Andy Sheppard in conjunction with Gathering Voices, Gurt Lush and St Joseph’s Primary School with guest soloists include Celestine Walcott. Supported by Bristol Green Capital.

  • Elmlea Junior School Chamber Choir

    A talented and vibrant group of Year 5 and 6 children singing a diverse range of music from Tallis to Jessie J. Enjoy beautiful harmonies and unexpected mash-ups!

  • 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!

What's on and where 2015

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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