NEW FOR 2018

Wales 13-14 October 2018
(BOOKING NOT YET OPEN)

St Albans 21-22 October 2017
Manchester 17-18 February 2018

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Learn... Develop... Perform
Church Choirs
Theatre Groups
Barbershop Choirs
Choral Societies
School Choirs
a cappella Choirs
Community Choirs
Gospel Choirs
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Learning & Music-making at their very best

Non-competitive

Non-residential

A festival of amazing workshops
and performance opportunities
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Russell Scott Entertainment Limited
proudly presents

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St Albans
Venue
St Albans High School for Girls
Manchester
Venue
Manchester High School for Girls
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Wales
Venue
HABS School for Girls, Monmouth
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ABOUT THE UK CHOIR FESTIVAL / all you need to know

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.

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 or university choir, gospel choir, choral society or barbershop choir.

The UK Choir festival is 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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An absolutely amazing weekend.

Amazing choral leaders…
we learned so much!

Incredibly informative…

Confidence building… and fun!

So enlivening and so energising, … Amazing!
It’s taught us that we can take our performances to higher levels than we thought possible.

Inspirational...

An absolutely amazing weekend.

Amazing choral leaders…
we learned so much!

Incredibly informative…

Confidence building… and fun!

So enlivening and so energising, … Amazing!
It’s taught us that we can take our performances to higher levels than we thought possible.

Inspirational...

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

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Workshop Leaders / meet the team

Ben Sawyer

Trainer & Choral Director

Ben Sawyer is a dynamic choral conductor, vocal teacher and singer. (more…)

Pete Churchill

Educator & Choral Director

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

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

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

Joanna Tomlinson

Professional Singer & Choral Director

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

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

Dominic Peckham

Orchestral & Choral Conductor

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

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

Ula Weber

Conductor, Teacher Trainer and Workshop Leader

Ula is a leading conductor, teacher trainer and workshop leader, whose work has taken her around the UK and

David Lowe

Classical Music Vocal Specialist

David Lowe is a classical music vocal specialist having worked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world.

Stuart Overington

Conductor, Vocal Animator and Composer

Stuart Overington is an accomplished conductor, vocal animator and composer working between Manchester and London, UK.

Mark De Lisser

Vocal Coach, Choral Director & Arranger

Mark De-Lisser is one of the most sought after choral directors and arrangers in the industry.

Richard Eteson

Singer & Workshop Leader

Richard Eteson is one of London’s most versatile and accomplished tenors. From local beginnings as a choirboy in Bingley,

Ayo Oyerinde

Creative & Music Director

In any game of cards, Ace trumps all. In the game of life Ayo ‘Ayce’ Oyerinde easily follows suit,

Jean Paul Samputu

Singer, Songwriter & Workshop Leader

Jean Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter, and peace activist from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of

Karen Gibson

Choir Conductor and Workshop Leader

Karen Gibson, a full time, award-winning choir conductor and workshop leader, is a powerhouse of inspiration and energy.

Greg Beardsell

Musical Director and Choral Leader

Greg Beardsell is a leading light in music education and performance.(more…)

Polly Bennett

Movement Director, Choreographer and Practitioner

Polly Bennett is a movement director, choreographer and practitioner working across the broadest applications of movement.

Stephanie Oyerinde

Pop Vocalist & Workshop Leader

With more than thirteen years experience behind her, Stephanie has provided backing vocals for some of the world’s leading

James Davey

Conductor & Choral Trainer

James Davey is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected choral directors, in demand for his work

Workshop leaders subject to availability and vary for each event.

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 takes place in the beautiful city of St. Albans in Hertfordshire and in Manchester!

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 / in Manchester & St. Albans

Greg Beardsell

Day 1 – Session 2 with Greg Beardsell

Pitch and Putt

You don't need to be a golfer to appreciate that you need clubs for different situations around the course. Sight reading is a bit like

Performance Session

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.
Pete Churchill

Day 2 – Session 4 with Pete Churchill

Learning By Ear

Pete is back!  This workshop will focus on the process of learning music by ear as well as improving our ability to memorise the material we are singing.
Ula Weber

Day 2 – Session 5 with Ula Weber

You Can Sing in Polish!

There’s nothing quite like singing in a language with hardly any vowels! Join Ula (conductor of the National Polish Folk Choir, Echo Doliny) as

Performance Session

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.
Ben Sawyer

Day 1 – Session 3 with Ben Sawyer

Purely Vocal

With shows like ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ and ‘Pitch Battle’, and a wealth of material on YouTube, a cappella singing has seen a major surge in popularity

Performance Session

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.

Performance Session

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.

Details for future events will appear as soon as information becomes available.

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

2018 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.

SILVER

£29

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

GOLD

£36

 Full admission
 Access to all workshops
 Reserved seating
 Guaranteed seating in the front section of the raised tier
 Opportunity to perform in final showcase
 Performance feedback
 Complimentary Festival Programme

Limited number of Gold & Platinum tickets available.
All prices are per person per day and are inclusive of VAT. 
2018 prices and features may differ from previous years.
Bookings are non-refundable, non-transferrable and non-exchangeable unless the event is cancelled. Terms and conditions apply.

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If you have any questions, check out our comprehensive FAQ section below

Festival FAQS / find your answers

Visit our comprehensive FAQ section to answer the most popular questions.

Register now / book now to reserve your places

To process your booking, you will need to confirm how many tickets you require.
Tickets must be purchased by the Choir as a whole.
Tickets are not available on an individual basis. (Additional tickets may be purchased later).
Please have your bank or credit card details ready to complete your booking.
Please ensure you have read the Terms of Booking and the FAQ section before proceeding.

 

 

 

Festival Location (Manchester)

Manchester High School For Girls
Grangethorpe Road
Manchester
M14 6HS

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Festival Location (St. Albans)

St. Albans High School For Girls
Jubilee Hall
Townsend Avenue
St. Albans
Herts.
AL1 3SJ

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Contact Us / please contact us for any further information

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Festival Sponsors / thank you

our sponsors

Vocalzone are proud to be sponsoring the UK Choir Festival for their second year.

Vocalzone is a medically licensed pastille for the over-use of the voice. It was first developed in 1912 by William Lloyd, a leading nose and throat surgeon, for the Great Enrico Caruso. Vocalzone has since been used by some of the world’s top performers, including Sir Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Rihanna. The three main ingredients in Vocalzone are essential oils. Myrrh tincture, menthol, and peppermint oil. The myrrh acts as a natural anti-inflammatory reducing swelling of the vocal chords and therefore reducing irritation, whilst the menthol and peppermint help clear the airways.

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