Date

29th-30th October 2016

Location

St. Albans, UK

Remaining Tickets

TBA EARLY 2017

Workshop Leaders

8 of the BEST Workshop Leaders

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE 2016 FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS

FOOTAGE FROM THE 2016 FESTIVAL WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY
ALONG WITH DETAILS OF THE 2017 FESTIVAL.

ABOUT THE UK CHOIR FESTIVAL / all you need to know

The UK Choir Festival is a brand new festival aimed to support, train and bring together choirs from all over the UK in a beautiful setting where people can learn, develop and thrive.

Produced by Producer & Musical Director, Russell Scott, 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 choir, choral society or barbershop choir.

For the first time, a new UK choir festival is being produced to give choirs the opportunity to be taught by some of the top workshop leaders in the UK.

The UK Choir Festival promises to be exciting, informative, collaborative and culminates each day in an opportunity for each choir to perform on stage.

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The perfect setting to make perfect music
with some of the
BEST workshop leaders in the UK

Workshop Leaders / meet the team

Bazil Meade

Founder & Principal of the London Community Gospel Choir

Bazil Meade has been working in the music industry for over 2 decades. He is the founder and principal of the World famous ‘London Community Gospel Choir’. (more…)

Dominic Peckham

Orchestral & Choral Conductor

Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK's finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation. (more…)

Joanna L’Estrange

Ex-Swingle MD and Jazz Vocalist

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is a professional soprano and jazz vocalist whose stylistic versatility and consummate musicianship has resulted (more…)

Joanna Tomlinson

Professional Singer & Choral Director

Joanna Tomlinson is a conductor, singer and vocal trainer who trained at the Royal College of Music. (more…)

Ben Parry

Ex-Swingle & Choral Director

Ben Parry is a composer, conductor and music producer. He is Director of National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and co-director (more…)

Russell Scott

Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director

Russell Scott has been in the industry, professionally, for over 35yrs working in the worlds of Classical and Musical Theatre. (more…)

Pete Churchill

Educator & Choral Director

Pete Churchill has been working as a composer, pianist, singer and teacher for over two decades. (more…)

Ben Sawyer

Trainer & Choral Director

Ben Sawyer is quickly gaining an enviable reputation as a dynamic conductor and choir trainer, always able to draw the best (more…)

EXPERIENCE / what will it be like

Whether you decide to attend one day or the whole weekend, The UK Choir Festival will be a fun, informative and exciting weekend of music-making.

Each day will begin with a warm-up by one of our expert leaders, followed by a series of workshops on various elements of singing.

It will involve practical and method teaching, and everyone will be involved.  There will be mass choral singing, demonstrations, and each day, choirs will be given the opportunity to take part in a final performance.

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.

There will be opportunities to busk, make new friends and talk to the workshop leaders, as well as learn new techniques, brush up on performance, and hear about tips and tricks to help you be the very best you can be.

The UK Choir Festival is unique, and this year is being held in the beautiful city of St. Albans in Hertfordshire.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity of learning from the very best and being part of some incredible music making.

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Festival Schedule / one or two day options

Bazil Meade

Day 1 – Session 3 with Bazil Meade

The Gospel Workshop

This is a fantastic opportunity for your attendees to explore some of the repertoire and techniques used in ‘group and gospel choir singing’. (more…)

Performance

The day concludes with performances by all choirs wishing to take the opportunity of performing on stage in front of our leaders, choirs and invited guests.
Joanna Tomlinson

Day 2 – Session 2 with Joanna Tomlinson

The Vocal Workout

Joanna Tomlinson leads a session on vocal technique. She'll be giving your technique a blitz, working on posture, breathing, (more…)

Russell Scott

Day 2 – Session 3 with Russell Scott

The Art of Performance

You can have the greatest technique, the greatest voice and the greatest repertoire, but without a great performance, (more…)

Performance

The day concludes with performances by all choirs wishing to take the opportunity of performing on stage in front of our leaders, choirs and invited guests.
Workshop leaders and timetable subject to change.

 

Expert Tuition | Mass Choir Singing | Performance
The Very Best in Choral Direction

2016 Festival Price list / great options for everyone

Outstanding Value For Money

There are 3 options for choirs to choose from.  Prices are per person, per day.
A 10% is discount is applied to those choirs wishing to attend both days.

SILVER

£24

 Full admission
 Access to all workshops
 Unreserved seating
 Opportunity to perform in final showcase
 Performance feedback

GOLD

£28

 Full admission
 Access to all workshops
 Reserved seating
 Guaranteed seating in the front block
 Opportunity to perform in final showcase
 Performance feedback

Limited number of Gold & Platinum tickets available.
All prices are per person per day and are inclusive of VAT. 10% discount applied to those choirs attending on both days.
Bookings are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Terms and conditions apply.

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Festival FAQS / find your answers

No.  Instruments are not permitted.  We provide a Grand piano for those wishing to have accompaniment.  Choirs may also opt to perform a cappella.
Yes, all those attending each need a ticket.
A CD recording of all the choir performances will be made of the UK Choir Festival and available for purchase from the website.  Choirs will be notified by email when the recording is available.
Depending on the numbers of choirs performing, each choir will have the opportunity of performing for up to 10 minutes.  This can be a cappella or with piano (a grand piano is available for use at the venue).  Backing tracks are not permitted.  Choirs will be notified of exactly how long their allocated slot will be nearer to the time of the festival.
There is no requirement to read music as part of the festival.
Due to high demands for the event, we must receive your full payment WITHIN 7 DAYS of booking.  Unpaid bookings will risk being cancelled.
The UK Choir Festival is non-competitive, however, there is wonderful opportunity to receive some feedback by our expert panel of workshop leaders who will make notes on your performance.  These will be forwarded to each choir confidentially after the festival.  You will receive invaluable notes and opinion as well as suggestions for improvement and development to help you in the future.
Whether you are new to workshops, a new choir, have been to workshops before or you are a 100-year old choir, this festival is designed for everyone and will offer something for everyone.  It is a community festival bringing choirs together to learn, develop and perform.
The wonderful state-of-the-art Jubilee Hall in a 400+ seater venue in one tier with addition ground level seating rows.  Every seat is great - every seat feels intimate and you are never too far away from the action.  The stage is at ground level so this event will seem 'up close and personal' wherever you are seated.  But if you would like to have the best seats, closest to the workshop leaders, do take a look at the Gold and Platinum packages available (subject to availability).
You certainly can - so long as we are aware in advance (min of 7 days prior to he event), you are welcome to pair up with one or more choirs to stage your performance.
Choirs can take part so long as there are 4 or more attendees present.  In terms of the largest group, that is dependent on ticket availability, so if you want to bring your 100-strong choir, just as long there are tickets available, you are very welcome.
It is not a residential festival nor are you obligated to attend both days - the decision is yours if you decide to do multiple days and/or if you would like to find local accommodation.  If you require any assistance in finding accommodation, please do get in touch.
You won't need to prepare a great deal - just bring from yourself, perhaps a pencil and pad for any notes you may like to take, loose clothing (we suggest wearing in layers in case of changes to temperature), and an open mind.  Though refreshments may be available, we do recommend you bring plenty of water, snacks and a packed lunch if you prefer not to find somewhere in the vicinity.
Should you have any special requirements, these can be sent to us for consideration up to seven days before the event.
No - we are totally flexible, so you can choose a different package on each day* and also choose whether to perform on either day or both days. *subject to availability.
The UK Choir Festival is designed for all types of choirs, no matter whether you are a cappella, classical, pop and rock, jazz or gospel.  The workshops will teach and develop technique in a range of styles to help all type of choirs.  There will something for everyone!
No - this is not a residential festival.  The festival is held over 2 days, and choirs may choose to come along for one day or both days.  Information of local accommodation will be provided in the festival pack should those attending both days require accommodation.
Yes - seating is available at ground level.  There will also be space for wheelchairs as required (advance notice is required for wheelchair access).
Yes - there is limited parking in the school car parks.   In addition there is street parking available and many local car parks.
Aside from backing tracks, which are not permitted, you are welcome to perform a cappella or bring a pianist with you to play our beautiful grand piano which will be available throughout the festival.

Festival Location

St. Albans High School For Girls
Jubilee Hall
Townsend Avenue
St. Albans
Herts.
AL1 3SJ
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Festival Sponsors / thank you

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