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Manchester 17-18 February 2018
Monmouth (Wales) 13-14 October 2018
St Albans 20-21 October 2018
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2018 FESTIVAL
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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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TICKETS FROM £29
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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

Manchester
Venue
Manchester High School for Girls
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Monmouth (Wales)
Venue
HABS School for Girls, Monmouth
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St Albans
Venue
St Albans High School for Girls
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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.

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 UK Choir festival is produced to give choirs the opportunity to be taught by some of the best workshop leaders in the UK.

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" The UK Choir Festival ticks all the boxes; Its organisation, the variety of styles delivered by the workshop leaders well known for their different styles. Try it once. You'll want to return... every year! "

Rev Bazil Meade
Gospel Leader

"The festival is a fantastic opportunity to be challenged and inspired in your choral singing. I was really impressed by how different the workshops were and how much fun the day was! "

Stuart Overington
Workshop Leader

" The UK Choir Festival is a wonderful celebration of singing, with such a joyous atmosphere. I really like the fact that it's non-competitive, and just gives singers the opportunity to learn and perform in a supportive and fabulously fun environment. "

Joanna Tomlinson
Workshop Leader

" As a workshop leader, my favourite thing about the UK Choir Festival is having the opportunity to work with and see other great workshop leaders in action. It’s an amazing and rare chance to share good practice with these wonderful practitioners and to continue to learn more about the art of choral singing. I also love the performance platform at the end of the day, not least to feel the warmth in the room as each choir shares what they do with the other groups. A fabulous event! "

Ben Sawyer
Workshop Leader

" A very special atmosphere of committed, enthusiastic people eager to share singing techniques from every possible angle and musical genre. "

David Lowe
Workshop Leader

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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 choose to attend on one day or both days, choirs take part in a series of amazing workshops given by some of the best workshop leaders in the UK, in a supportive, informative, collaborative, non-competitive and inspiring conference-style setting.

It will involve practical and method teaching, and everyone will be involved.  At the end of each day, choirs get the opportunity to rehearse and then perform (if they choose to) in front of each other and the panel of workshop leaders who will give each choir written constructive feedback.

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 cities of St. Albans in Hertfordshire and Manchester, and new for 2018, we are delighted to bring the UK Choir Festival to the stunning town of Monmouth in Wales.

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 / the workshops

The 2018 festival features longer workshops, meaning more singing and learning with great workshop leaders.

Ben Sawyer

Day 1 – Session 2 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.

Mastermind Session

A dedicated session for those Choir Leaders who have booked tickets for this session.  This session runs concurrently alongside the Platinum Sessions.

Performance Rehearsal

Each choir is given a room for a 20min warm up/rehearsal prior to the performance session.

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.

Schedules for Monmouth and St. Albans events will appear in early 2018.

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. Come for one day or come for the whole weekend.

NEW FOR 2018 SAVE 10% WHEN BOOKING A WEEKEND GOLD TICKET*

Choir Leaders can now buy an individual festival ticket should they wish to attend WITHOUT their choir

SILVER

£29

 Full admission
 Access to all workshops
 Guaranteed seating in the rear tiered section or stalls
 Opportunity to perform in final showcase
 Performance feedback
Complimentary Festival Programme

GOLD

£36

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

* Weekend offer only available on Gold tickets. Limited number of Gold & Platinum tickets available. All prices are per person per day and are inclusive of VAT. Single day tickets cannot be upgraded to weekend tickets. Bookings are non-refundable, non-transferrable and non-exchangeable unless the event is cancelled. Terms and conditions apply.

NEW FOR 2018

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Though the festival is committed to a supportive and non-competitive environment, in 2018, we want to give choirs the opportunity of achieving one of our ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awards.  These will be awarded by the panel of workshop leaders who provide constructive critique in written form to all choirs who perform at the festival.  Awards will be given to the choir or choirs who the panel feel are worthy of achieving what will be a very sought after award.  Our awards will include:

Community Spirit Audience Engagement Versatility Original Arrangement Performance

Awards are not guaranteed.  They will only be awarded where the panel feel a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ is worthy.

Book your tickets today and perform at the 2018 UK Choir Festival for a chance to gain one of these fantastic acknowledgement of achievement awards.

There are no winners at the UK Choir Festival…. just great achievers.

Festival FAQS / find your answers

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

Book Now / book now to reserve your places

The 2018 festival has strictly limited tickets to ensure a great experience for everyone and to avoid over-selling.

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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Festival Location (Monmouth, Wales)

HABS School for Girls
24 Hereford Rd Monmouth NP25 5XT

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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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