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Street Choirs Festival 2016

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LEICESTER will come alive with the sound of music this weekend, with over 30 choirs hitting city streets.

More than 600 singers from all corners of the country - from Edinburgh to Brighton and from Aberystwyth to Cambridge - will be coming to Leicester for the weekend (Friday 24th - Sunday 26th June).

The National Street Choir Festival, in it's 34th year, takes place in a different city every year. And, this year the spotlight is on Leicester.

The festival, which embraces many musical styles and both traditional and modern songs from the UK and abroad, last came to the city in 1998.

The songs chosen by the choirs will reflect the Festival’s twin themes of Diversity and Solidarity.

As well as Red Leicester Choir (the organisers of the event), local choirs Leicester Amika and DMU Square Mile will also be performing.

There will be a range of public events and activities taking place across the city as part of the festival.

All the choirs will gather in Jubilee Square on Saturday, from 12noon, where all 600 participants will sing a short selection of songs in four-part harmony.

The choirs will then circulate around the city, from 1pm until 4pm, singing their own repertoire of songs for about 20 minutes at a time.

In addition, there will be an evening of entertainment at The Curve on Friday, from 7.30pm until 11.30pm.

Tickets will cost £5 and will feature a variety of local talent, including Nupur Arts, Mellow Baku, Kaviraj Singh and Ishi Khan-Jackson.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "The city centre will be brimming with music this weekend and watching more than 600 people singing enmasse at Jubilee Square will be an extraordinary experience.

"This is a fantastic festival and we are delighted that it is being held in Leicester this year."

Jane Bursnall, Red Leicester’s musical director, added: "This is a fantastic occasion to celebrate the power of singing.

"There will be 600 people from across the UK singing their hearts out in Jubilee Square on Saturday lunchtime and it would be great to see an enthusiastic audience of local people welcoming them in the best Leicester tradition.’

More details about the Festival are on the Red Leicester website at: www.redleicesterchoir.com