In only five seasons the Brandenburg Choral Festival (Artistic Director, Bob Porter) has grown from a small selection of concerts at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields to become a major event featuring large and small choirs and vocal ensembles from across England and beyond. Running from 30 December to 5 May, the 2014 edition of the Brandenburg Choral Festival features ninety choirs and vocal ensembles in seventy separate concerts and performances. Based at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Festival reaches audiences at ten landmark venues in the heart of central London, some of which are hidden gems often overlooked by the general public, across an area running from Trafalgar Square to the City of London.
As the premier showcase for amateur choirs with professional standards, the programme features large choral societies, high class chamber choirs and intimate vocal ensembles, jazz and gospel groups, top school age performers, choirs from around the world, and finalists from the national Music In Offices ‘Office Choir of the Year’ competition. The Festival will also feature resident orchestras the Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, and specially formed choir the Brandenburg Festival Chorus. Some thirty choirs will be appearing in the Festival for the first time in 2014. Members of the public can also join in at a Come-and-Sing day (22 February) with the Festival’s 2014 Artistic Patron, Howard Goodall.
Also new in 2014, the Brandenburg Choral Festival is teaming up with over fifty small charities to aid their fundraising at concerts at many of the Festival venues. As in previous years, the Festival presents a huge range of musical styles, including: choral favourites with orchestra; atmospheric a cappella classics; chamber choirs singing sacred and secular music; jazz, barbershop, and gospel choirs. In addition, the Brandenburg Festival Fringe Club meets once a month at a secret club venue in Covent Garden, the location revealed to club members only. Fringe nights are a unique opportunity to hear three different groups perform a stunning a cappella selection in one evening.
Link for further information: http://www.brandenburg.org.uk