Festival of Voice - Arnos Vocale & Free Range, UHBW Choir, Sing Out and Windrush Reggae Choir
Experience and support fantastic local choirs in Bridgehouse as part of the Festival of Voice.
One of a series of Festival of Voice concerts in our foyer space, Bridgehouse, will showcase the best of Bristol’s choirs, featuring:
Arnos Vocale & Free Range
Founded in 2019 by MD Anya Sreter, Arnos Vocale started off as just six auditioned singers, but have now swelled to around a dozen skilled singers who perform throughout the year, delighting Festival and concert audiences with their beautiful singing and varied repertoire.
Free Range Acappella is a nine strong group that have been singing together since 2002. Described by Bristol Folk Festival as “Choral singing without the stuffiness”!
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) Choir
Choirs have been a feature of hospitals for decades. However, their popularity has grown hugely in the last 10 years, helped in part by Gareth Malone’s The Choir TV shows. There is also increasing evidence of the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of group singing, and greater understanding of how choirs can support a sense of community.
Musical Director Ellie Rose supports the UHBW choir to sing in beautiful harmony while keeping the focus on fun and wellbeing.
Sing Out Bristol
Sing Out Bristol is the South-West’s award-winning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Choir. Collectively they are much more than just singers, they are a community in and of ourselves, encouraging each other to grow and develop as people, to form friendships, networks and social groups, and to grow in confidence and ability.
Windrush Reggae Choir
Led by voice coach Gena Rose, the Windrush Reggae Choir was recently launched by Bristol Reggae Orchestra. Bristol Reggae Orchestra was established in 2011 to reach out to diverse communities living in Bristol, extending opportunities for music-making to excluded groups while creating high-quality creative outputs and inclusive performances.
Bristol Reggae Orchestra have worked with a range of local and national partners and are well known for the ‘feelgood’ factor that we create for all participants and audiences.
Presented by Bristol Beacon and St George’s Bristol as part of the Festival of Voice
18.00 – Arnos Vocale + Free Range Acappella
19.00 – UHBW Choir
20.00 – Sing Out Bristol + Windrush Reggae Choir
Festival of Voice
The Festival of Voice is St George’s Bristol’s month-long celebration of the power, beauty and universality of the human voice. Bringing together internationally renowned artists with grass-roots choirs anchored in their local communities, and everything in between. We’re exploring what the voice can do and a celebration of what singing can help us all be and achieve, creating something together to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part!
Singing is like a celebration of oxygen”
- – Björk
at Bristol Beacon
Our foyer space located within Bristol Beacon where we host events, performances and conferences.
Getting to the venue
Location: Bridgehouse is located within Bristol Beacon with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.
Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.
The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.
Bridgehouse has level access from street level with lifts to all levels. For unallocated seated performances, seats can easily be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.
There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.