A new day-long festival in London this summer will showcase the talent of upcoming vocal ensembles. The July event, entitled Sounds Sublime, is being run by The Sixteen’s education department in partnership with Voces Cantabiles, St Martin-in-the‐Fields, The National Gallery and Classic FM.

A host of performances and workshops take place at different venues: at St Martin-in-the-Fields’ main church, pop-up performances, snapshot concerts and a performance from Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s training choir, will take place throughout the day. In additional spaces, the festival will host family workshops and singing events. The National Gallery (pictured) will be hosting historically relevant performances in selected exhibition rooms.

Performers will include the Erebus Ensemble, conducted by Tom Williams, whose repertoire focuses on music from the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries; The Sharp Collective, champions of young British composers perform music both new and old, in fresh and innovative ways; and members of The Sixteen, Voces 8 and Apollo 5 will lead vocal workshops.

The full schedule for Sounds Sublime on 19 July is below:

Venue one – St Martin-in‐the-Fields, main church
10:30 –12:30 Informal 20-minute concerts given by five different choirs
10:30–10:50 Apollo5
10:55–11:15 The Sharp Collective
11:20–11:40 Erebus Ensemble
11:45–12:05 London Youth Gospel Choir
12:10–12:30 Templar Scholars
12:30–1.15 Open Genesis Sixteen rehearsal
1.15–2.15 Genesis Sixteen concert

Venue two – St Martin‐in-the-Fields, additional spaces
10:30–12:00 Pop‐up 15-minute performances
11:00 –12:30 Family singing workshop led by Apollo5; accessible for all ages will involve warm-ups, creativity and learning how to sing in harmony. The session will culminate in a mini performance
14:30–16:00 Music leadership workshop led by Charles MacDougall (Voces 8) and Apollo5. This session will introduce The VOCES8 Method, a simple tool that teachers and young leaders can learn to use in a variety of workshop settings.
15:00–16:45 Come and Sing event, led by Eamonn Dougan and Fieri Consort; a workshop focusing on Italian and English Renaissance madrigals for about 50 people
17:00–17:30 Fieri perform free recital in National Gallery

Venue three – The National Gallery
14:30 –17:00 Series of 15-minute pop-up performances from four or five choirs, one every half an hour
14:30–14:45 Erebus Ensemble (Room 8)
15:00–15:15 London Youth Choir Choral Scholars (Room 34)
15:30–15:45 The Sharp Collective (Room 32)
16:00–16:15 Opera Bellas (Room 36)
16:30–16:45 Verismo (Room 32)
17:00–17:30 Fieri Consort recital (Room 8)

For more details, visit The Sixteen’s website.

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