Sounds Sublime Festival

Just what choral music in this country needs
— Libby Percival, Percius

Next Festival: Saturday 18 July, 2015

On a hot and humid summer's day in July 2014 we launched the first ever Sounds Sublime Festival, an innovative new festival celebrating the diverse range of singing within London and an opportunity for talented young singers to gain exposure to new audiences and opportunities.

Listeners were invited to join us for a morning of free 20-minute 'Snapshot Concerts' in St Martin-in-the-Fields, a lunchtime concert from our young artists scheme Genesis Sixteen, afternoon recitals in the stunning surroundings of The National Gallery and surprise pop-up performances across both venues.

In addition to this there were three workshops catering for singers of all ages and abilities; a family singing workshop with our festival partners Apollo5, a music leadership workshop with Charles MacDougall, and a Come & Sing workshop led by Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan and the Fieri Consort (graduates from the inaugural year of Genesis Sixteen). 

The choirs involved were Genesis Sixteen, the Fieri Consort, the Verismo Consort, The Erebus Ensemble, The Sharp Collective, The Techtonics, the Templar Scholars, Apollo5, Opera Bellas, the London Youth Choir and the London Youth Gospel Choir. 

We're pleased to confirm the next Sounds Sublime Festival will take place on Saturday 18 July 2015. We will once again take over the glorious spaces of St Martin-in-the-Fields and The National Gallery, with an exciting array of free concerts, family events and pop-up performances. The resident choir will be Eo Nomine, a group formed during the first ever Genesis Sixteen scheme, who recently signed to Hazard Chase. Watch this space for more details!

Such a brilliant day. The Sixteen are extremely generous with the time and encouragement they give to singers and supporters, and I suspect they are unique in this!
— Jen Fox, workshopper

The Sounds Sublime Festival is generously supported by the Genesis Foundation and The Parnell Trust.

Photos: Simon Jay Price (except Verismo Consort by Marie-Sophie Willis)