Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2013

11th - 20th October 2013

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...

  • And finally...

    Ssshhhh... A surprise event as part of the last Make Sundays Special! FoS13 will stage a 'vocal happening' at Bristol Temple Meads station - details of which will be posted on the website nearer the time!

  • Gurt Come & Sing

    Ever wondered what all the Gurt fuss is about? Or what it's like to sing in a mass of hundreds? Come & 'sing-a-long-a-lush' with the Gurt Lush Choir! No previous experience, or musical ability required.

  • CHARLIE DORE with Julian Littman of Steeleye Span supported by Original Sing

    Charlie Dore is one of the UK's most respected songwriters, known for her bittersweet, subversive and original lyrics, addictive melodies and gorgeous harmonies covered by countless other artists including George Harrison & Tina Turner. She is supported by Bristol based Original Sing, with their songs of heart and passion, complexity and depth.

  • The Croutons and The Stepford Singers

  • An Introduction to Bhajans

    Bhajans are simple Indian devotional tunes sung in groups as a call and response, accompanied by Indian percussion, mridangam or tabla. Led by Durga Ramakrishnan. Anyone interested in Indian vocal music is welcome.

  • 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!

  • Great Western Chorus close harmony workshop for men!

    Led by members of award winning Great Western Chorus of Bristol

  • Exultate Singers

    This accomplished chamber choir has performed more than 150 concerts and broadcasts. In this concert, Exultate Singers perform an atmospheric programme of music written for the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches, including works by John Tavener, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Chesnokov, Schnittke and Grechaninov.

  • Harbourside Song Raids

    Every 20 minutes from 11.00am, starting at the M Shed, choirs will serenade you with song– make sure you find them! Route: M Shed, Bristol Ferry Boats, Pero’s Bridge, Millennium Square, Anchor Square, College Green & Cascade Steps Choir timings to be announced

  • British Voice Association Road Show

    An accessible, fascinating and multidisciplinary look at the voice, with a range of speakers from the worlds of voice teaching, speech therapy and laryngology.

What's on and where 2013

Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2013

11th - 20th October 2013

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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