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The Category Choral Festivals is a subset of Music Festivals. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Choral Festivals which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Festival's Full Record.

 

Some 'Featured' Providers in this Category are so busy during their Season(s) that I do not even try to list all the dates when they have planned forthcoming events:

- Brandenburg Choral Festival of London

 

In contrast, the following Choral Festivals do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Chorus Festival

- Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival

- The Festivals of Male Voice Praise

 

! Choral Festivals KEY
VISITS (to Website)60
VIEWS (of this Record)286

‘A non-competitive choral festival. All choirs of every level of experience are welcome, in the spirit of the Scandinavian Sangerstevne. There are four concerts during the day of the main festival, with 6 choirs performing in each concert. Each choir performs a short set of songs, and forms the audience for the other choirs in their concert. At the end of the concert, all the choirs join together to perform two simple songs that have been sent to them in advance.’ Held Early March.

 

* Beaconsfield Festival of Choirs
VISITS (to Website)328
VIEWS (of this Record)561

‘London's biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral - and we mean everything! ... Brandenburg Choral Festival exists as a platform for amateur choirs to perform in Central London venues. St Martin-in-the-Fields is at the artistic, spiritual and geographical heart of the Festival. Our other venues range from the characterful Cheshire Cheese pub to the Royal Courts of Justice ... With two main seasons each year — the Spring Series and the Autumn Series — Brandenburg presents over a hundred concerts of unparalleled variety.’

 

* Brandenburg Choral Festival of London
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)499

'A wonderful day of mass harmony singing workshops followed by a concert, by the choirs, for the choirs. It is open to any choir or singing group who welcome all voices without auditions and sing a cappella.' Held Early April.

 

* Community Choirs Festival
VISITS (to Website)282
VIEWS (of this Record)420

Founded 2017: ‘We celebrate the vibrant vocal music both local and national, celebrating the heritage, education, spirituality and variety of repertoire of vocal music ... World famous artists ... Thousands of performers ... World Premieres’. Organized by Durham Music Service’. Held Late January - Early February.

 

* Durham Vocal Festival
VISITS (to Website)89
VIEWS (of this Record)153

Founded 1956: ‘Friendship was one of the core reasons the Festival came into being; that, plus a belief on the part of the founders that sacred music is at the very heart of the liturgy (a form and arrangement of public worship laid down by a church or religion) – and the need to fundraise for a new Church roof ... The festival has flourished, and today it lasts for eight days at the end of August, from Compline by candlelight on the Sunday evening, to Eucharist on the following Sunday morning of the Bank Holiday weekend’.

 

* Edington Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)105
VIEWS (of this Record)248

'The Exon Singers hold their annual festival in the historic market town of Tavistock, with recitals and services in the town’s beautiful 13th century parish church and in nearby Buckfast Abbey.' Held Early August.

 

* Exon Singers Festival
VISITS (to Website)247
VIEWS (of this Record)531

'The UK and Ireland's LGBT+ Choral Festival ... The 2019 Festival took place in Cardiff on 16th -18th August when 1000 delegates gathered for a weekend of performing, workshops, partying and celebrating the contribution that LGBT+ choral singing is making to building strong and diverse communities ... Begun in 2013 in London and followed by successful events in Brighton in 2015 and Manchester in 2017, the next festival will take place in Newcastle in August 2021.

 

* Hand In Hand LGBT+ Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)139
VIEWS (of this Record)123

'Dedicated to the many forms of a cappella, London A Cappella is a unique international hub of vocal activity. Presenting world-class flagship projects, London A Cappella prides itself on drawing the world’s finest a cappella performers to the capital and providing performance and learning platforms for singers of all ages and abilities.' ALERT 'We’ve been proud to see the London A Cappella Festival grow over the past ten years, and we will be taking a break from the festival in 2020.'

 

* London A Cappella Festival
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)472

'This exceptional opportunity offers choirs of young voices the chance to sing tailored performances to the individual capabilities of the singers to enthusiastic audiences in amazing London venues. During the Festival each choir performs their repertoire at different venues on two occasions. The venues are specifically chosen to reflect the size, singing style and repertoire of each group and are an integral part of the LNYDP Festival Series.'

 

* London International Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)39
Also indexedLNYDP Festival Series
VIEWS (of this Record)82

Held Mid May: ‘A Non-Competitive Festival for all Choirs, sacred or secular, large or small, singing a repertoire of their own choice.’

 

* London Sangerstevne
VISITS (to Website)228
VIEWS (of this Record)412

‘Apart from the War years of 1939-1945, the Festival has been held every year since 1921 and has been conducted by many well-known and eminent conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Charles Groves. The Festival Choir now consists of two affiliated choirs - Llanidloes Choral Society and Welshpool Choral Society - supplemented by individual singers from Machynlleth and surrounding areas ... The choirs rehearse separately in Llanidloes and Welshpool, with some rehearsals in Newtown.‘ Held Early May.

 

* Montgomery County Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)202
Also indexedLlanidloes Choral Society | Welshpool Choral Society
VIEWS (of this Record)307

'The Dean and Chapter warmly welcome you to Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival. Choirs and singers from churches throughout Diocese of Peterborough are invited to join together to sing a Festival Evensong in Peterborough Cathedral.' Held Mid October.

 

* Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)358

‘Scotland’s only festival dedicated to the voice and vocal music. Set in the beautiful town of St Andrews, each October we present a varied programme of events showcasing the versatility and beauty of the human voice in an amazingly broad spectrum of genres including opera, cabaret, lieder, folk, spoken word, choral, a cappella, early music, new music and more ... The festival runs during the day and night and includes family concerts, opportunities to sing-a-long and get involved, as well as free events to enjoy while relaxing with a drink. Come along and discover something new!’ Held Late October.

 

* St Andrews Voices
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)194

‘Launched in 2016, The UK Choir Festival is a festival aimed to support, train and bring choirs together in a beautiful setting where people can learn, develop and thrive ... The Festival is designed for choirs of all abilities, ages and style, no matter whether you are a local community choir, a cappella choir, school or university choir, gospel choir, choral society or barbershop choir. Whether you are a choir of 4 people or 100 people, your choir will love being part of this exciting and dynamic festival, where learning and making great music is at its heart ... The festival is non-competitive, but very much “hands-on” for everyone to watch and learn from each other whilst being guided and developed by some of the best workshop leaders in the UK.‘ Held at several locations at different times of the year.

 

* UK Choir Festival
VISITS (to Website)84
VIEWS (of this Record)193

Sacred Harp singing is a form of traditional, unaccompanied community harmony singing. The tradition as we know it today comes from the Southern states of America, but the music can trace its roots to a number of places and time periods. Our tradition knows neither rehearsal nor performance, and, like our Convention, is open to all – regardless of background, age, religious belief or musical experience. The UK has a thriving Sacred Harp community, and events are held up and down the country throughout the year. The United Kingdom Convention has been held annually since 1996 and is one of the largest Sacred Harp singings outside the United States.‘ Held Mid September.

 

* UK Sacred Harp Convention
VISITS (to Website)72
VIEWS (of this Record)148

Founded 2019: 'A celebration of choral music from glorious Renaissance polyphony to effervescent arrangements of modern pop songs and everything in between ... Concerts in different venues around the small, picturesque town of Usk, in Monmouthshire featuring different choirs and a wide range of choral sounds.’ ALERT ‘The first Usk Choral Festival held in March 2019 was a spectacular success. Usk was full of happy faces all weekend with every concert sold out. The singing was spellbinding and audiences were moved to tears and cheers. Building on the success of the 2019 Festival it will now become a biennial event happening every 2 years.’ Next Festival Early March [2021].

 

* Usk Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)130
VIEWS (of this Record)134

‘Celebrates the extraordinary range of vocal diversity on offer in the capital and beyond. The Festival showcases ensembles of all shapes and sizes, from community choruses and youth groups to professional chamber choirs and operatic ensembles. At the heart of our festival lies collaborative music making in a wide range of guises.’ Held Late June.

 

* Voices of London Festival
VISITS (to Website)147
VIEWS (of this Record)212

'The Yorkshire College of Music & Drama in Leeds, inspired by the diverse range of choirs that use the facility and the desire to help secure the future of choral music in Yorkshire, launched the Voices Yorkshire project in 2019 ... The principal aim is to attract choirs and audiences from a large cross-section of society and bring them together through events and activities which will culminate in a biennial Gala Concert held in different host venues across the County ... Each Gala Concert will be a celebration of music featuring invited choirs who represent the diversity, depth and variety of styles from around the region.'

 

* Voices Yorkshire
VISITS (to Website)26
Also indexedYorkshire College of Music & Drama
VIEWS (of this Record)96

Established 1921: ‘We are not a choir, as such, but an umbrella organisation that organises annual gatherings of seven constituent choirs in the Winchester Area, on two successive Saturdays in May to perform wonderful works from the choral repertoire ... The established pattern is for two annual Spring concerts in Winchester Cathedral and Romsey Abbey respectively, a series of combined choir rehearsals, an advance “taster day” on the selected repertoire and a choral workshop or “Come & Sing” in the Autumn. The Compton & Shawford Festival Choir is the only society still in existence which performed in the first Festival, although Easton & Martyr Worthy (now known as the Itchen Valley Choral Society) and Winchester City Festival Choir joined the following year, followed by Botley Choral Society in 1925’.

 

* Winchester and County Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)244
VIEWS (of this Record)557

'A true mix of all styles from Rock and Pop, through Show Tunes to World Music, Folk Song and Classical ... Choirs great and small and young and old and all from York and North Yorkshire. A true community event that is certain to entertain whatever your musical taste.' Held Mid March.

 

* York Community Choir Festival
VISITS (to Website)25
VIEWS (of this Record)78

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