The Brandenburg Choral Festival OF LONDON
The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London exists as a platform for amateur choirs to perform in Central London venues.
It is London's biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral — and we mean everything!
Over the year we bring together choirs and vocal ensembles of different shapes and sizes, and from every musical background — classical and jazz, a cappella or accompanied, gospel, male voice, choral scholars, community choirs, and a whole lot more besides!
With two main seasons each year — the Spring Series and the Autumn Series — Brandenburg presents over a hundred concerts of unparalleled variety. Find out more about them below.
Centred geographically and spiritually around St Martin-in-the-Fields, other venues include St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Temple Church, Corpus Christi Maiden Lane, Royal Courts of Justice, National Portrait Gallery, St James's Sussex Gardens and many more. Find out more about our venues here.
The Spring Series opens at the end of December and runs through to the first May Bank Holiday – for 2018 the dates will be Saturday 30 December to Monday 7 May.
The 2017 Spring Series is over, but you can still have a look at what was on offer by viewing our clickable online version of the brochure here. Or browse through our listings month by month:
Traditionally the opening concert of the Festival is Messiah - a concert where all singers in the audience are invited to stand and join in with the Hallelujah chorus. In recent years, we have opened the Spring Series with our very own Brandenburg Festival Chorus performing - and what a fantastic performance it is!
If you would like to take part in a future Festival Chorus event, find out more about the BFC here.
Come & Sing!
Another fantastic way of taking part in the Festival is to come along to one of our Come & Sing events.
Each season we provide a selection of events that will appeal to seasoned choral singers and newcomers to the singing scene. For our 2017 Spring Series we hosted three fantastic Come & Sing events - a special for Community Choirs, a chance to sing 40-part Tallis motet Spem in alium, and Vivaldi Gloria.
There will be more Come & Sing events in our upcoming Autumn Series - check back soon to find out what we will be singing and when - or sign up to our free Friends mailing list and be among the first to hear about the new season highlights as they are announced.
In May 2016 Bob Porter sailed away on the inaugural Choral Cruise with its Come & Sing at sea - check out our review of that event here, and visit the Cruise page for details of the next two cruises in 2017!
The Autumn Series runs from September through to November - in 2017 the dates are Saturday 2 September to Saturday 25 November.
The 2017 Autumn Series brochure is being put together right now - look out for announcements of our season launch. And in the meantime, you can still flick through our past brochures to see what we featured - click the image left for our 2016 Autumn Series, or click season brochure for the 2015 Autumn Series.
And do sign up for our free email service and hear about all the highlights during each season.
Be part of an historic event!
Our 2017 Spring Series is over, and the summer on our doorstep. Which of course means planning our future seasons! Brandenburg HQ is putting the final touches to our 2017 Autumn Series - we hope to launch those dates by end of June. And we are already planning Spring 2018 as well - so if you'd like to take part, now is the time to contact us!!
Want to know what it's all about? Find out more by browsing our past seasons and previous events here.
If you conduct, sing with, or support a choir that you think should be involved in a future season, then please get in touch. Just send us an email, or fill in the contact form and tell us a bit about the choir.
For budding audience members, there is plenty to choose from: during Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 we featured more than 100 choirs in almost 100 concerts at 17 different venues!
Of course there are also our fabulous Fringe Club Nights... Find out more about them on the Fringe Club page.
Want to be the first to hear about the highlights in our 2017 Autumn Series? Then become a Friend and join our free mailing list service. We send regular emails to keep our Friends up-to-date with Brandenburg events and special ticket offers. Sign up to the mailing list now.
As an Ambassador, you get to see concerts for free by helping out behind the scenes. Our Ambassadors are a friendly team who meet and greet, usher, sell programmes and so on. Find out more on our Friends page.
However you would like to get involved, we look forward to hearing from you!