The Festival Choirs
The Festival Singers is the largest of the Festival’s three singing ensembles. It comprises over 60 singers from across Dorset, most of whom sing in other choirs, who come together for a series of Saturday workshops that begin on 21 March, and evening rehearsals that start closer to the Festival period. The first workshop for the 2015 is on 21 March. More details, including how to join, will be published before Christmas. Each year we welcome new singers to the choir, who are keen to keep on singing over the summer who enjoy the challenge of singing in one of the south west’s most exciting choirs. The Festival Singers performs in two concerts during the Festival, accompanied by the professional Wessex Chamber Orchestra. David Everett is the Festival Director. He also conducts all the Festival choirs. Outside the Festival David He directs three of Dorset’s best choirs – The Orlando Singers, Dorset Chamber Choir and The Broadstone Choir.
Wessex Voices is an ensemble of around 25 singers, most of whom also sing in The Festival Singers. It provides the music for three choral services – Compline, Festival Eucharist and Festal Evensong. It will also be appearing in the opening concert of the 2015 Festival, when it will give the 1st performance of a new work by the Festival Director.
The Festival’s third singing group is Excelsior. The octet comprises experienced professional and semi-professional singers. In addition to providing all the vocal soloists for the Festival the group will also be singing at Saturday’s Choral Eucharist, which celebrates the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary.