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The Category Choral Festivals is a subset of Music Festivals. Look at that 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.


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):

- Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival

- The Festivals of Male Voice Praise


! Choral Festivals KEY
VISITS (to the Website)9
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)34

‘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 the Website)244
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279

'Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival celebrates the power of the voice and the spirit of communal singing ... Chorus is curated by Southbank Centre’s year-round vocal programme, Voicelab. Held Late July.

* Chorus Festival
VISITS (to the Website)152
Also indexedVoicelab
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)365

'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 the Website)234
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)354

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 the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)91

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 the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)165

'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 the Website)196
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)427

'The UK and Ireland's LGBT+ Choral Festival. 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 Cardiff in August 2019. More than 25 choirs from all over the British Isles are expected to converge on St David's Hall in the Welsh Capital for a weekend of singing, workshops, partying and much more! As well as St David's Hall, we will be running public events across the city with plans including Cardiff Bay and City Centre venues to bring the joys of LGBT+ singing to a much wider audience.'


* Hand In Hand LGBT+ Choral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)51

'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.' Festival held Late January.

* London A Cappella Festival
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)411

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 the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)338

‘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 the Website)157
Also indexedLlanidloes Choral Society | Welshpool Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218

'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 the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)300
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)93
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘First held in Sheffield in 1983 as the “National Street Band Festival”, the Street Choirs Festival brought together musicians who played in the signature marches and protests of a turbulent decade politically defined by Thatcherism, the Falklands/Malvinas war, and the miners’ strike. The intention of the Festival was to put the music into protest to make it more creative, joyful and thought-provoking. The festival carried on as the National Street Choirs Festival and in 2013 “National” was dropped from the Festival’s title to extend a welcome to choirs from all nations of the UK ... Since its inception the Festival has expanded to welcome community choirs who sing together for a variety of reasons, not least the sheer love of singing, and the range of Street Choirs now includes anarchist choirs, women’s choirs, LGBTQ choirs, choirs of women asylum seekers, choirs singing to raise awareness of human rights, and community choirs simply enjoying singing together.‘ Held Mid July.

* Street Choirs Festival
VISITS (to the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)140

‘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 the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)141

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 the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)97

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'. Held Late March.

* Usk Choral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)70

‘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 the Website)95
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150

'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 the Website)3
Also indexedYorkshire College of Music & Drama
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)20

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 the Website)209
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)437

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