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Singing City

Part of Festival of Voice

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A special day in the month-long Festival of Voice at St George’s

Our ultimate aim is to represent the richness and diversity of choirs and singing groups in Bristol. This is the first of many opportunities for choirs of all genres and styles to present their favourite music. The musical programme will be interspersed with fascinating interactive sessions ranging from learning a new Celebration Day song in just quarter of an hour, to hearing about the latest research on the impact of singing on our well-being and positive mental health.

Choirs participating include:

The Raff Pack
Riff Raff
Bristol Choir Brigade
Bridgewater House Choir
Nightingale Valley Choir
The Redcliff Singers
Phoenix Choir
Axbridge Singer
Bristol Old Vic Community Choir
Twin City
UWE Singers
Sing Out!

Guest Speakers

Kat Branch

Following last year’s talk on what happens in the body which helps us feel good when we sing with others, this year Kat will be explaining how our own stories and experiences of singing can be used in research with an opportunity to participate in a new study on the impact of regularly singing together.

Ben England

Ben England BEM is a pioneering conductor in the new world of online music-making.  During the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020, Ben established Homechoir, a free YouTube channel on which he broadcasts a range of free musical and educational programmes including choir rehearsals, music theory teaching and a Sacred Sing on Sunday mornings. Ben is also the musical director of Choir of the Earth, an award-winning internationally renowned digital choir, which recently came 2nd in Britain’s Top Choirs.  Ben discusses how digital music making has developed in the last twelve months, and how innovations in tech (including AI) are going to help bring thousands, ultimately millions, of singers together.

Orgena Rose

Orgena is a dynamic vocalist, composer, music director, award winning voice coach, actor, dancer, playwright, best selling author, music supervisor, TV Host and the first online Entertainment Producer and will be speaking on Diversity in Community Choirs and How to Achieve This! She has over 25 years in the arts and entertainment and highlights of her career include appearances on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, international tours, as well as on OPRAH, Today, Conan and PBS. Orgena has been sharing her Rose Voice Method and coaching choirs and individuals  to “find their voice” since 1993.