Brecon Choir Festival 2024
Tickets for the confirmed concerts and events are now live.
As well as the ticketed events expect our wonderful Singing Walking Tour and joyful Afterglows!
More events are being planned. Stay tuned for more updates.
Young Singers Award
9 March, 3.30pm
The Watton Church
The four shortlisted competitors for our 2024 Young Singers Award will be singing two contrasting pieces in front of a small audience and two adjudicators. The winner will be announced at the end of the event.
Come & Sing Workshop for The Armed Man
Sat 13 July, 10.30am - 4pm
The Neuadd, Christ College
If you love singing and can read a bit of music come and sing 'The Armed Man' for a day. Music scores will be provided. The workshop will be led by the Musical Director of Brecon Singers Rob Evans (ex consort singer working with The King's Consort, The Sixteen, The Cardinals Musick and The Gabrieli Consort). Participants are invited to take part in the concert at Brecon Cathedral on July 18th.
The Armed Man
Thurs 18 July, 7.30pm
Brecon Singers joined by other choral singers will sing this wonderful mass by Karl Jenkins. We will welcome back Erin Thomas who is our 2023 Young Singer Award winner. The music will be led by cellist Sonia Hammond and Brecon Sinfonia.
You can book pre-concert suppers with The Hours Cafe in the cathedral close.
Fri 19 July, 12.30pm
Recital venue to be confirmed
Lunchtime song recital with Ceri Davies
Back by popular demand, Ceri 'Taffarotti' Davies brings a mix of Welsh folk songs and operatic classics to a beautiful Brecon chapel setting.
Festival Walk to
Fri 19 July, 2.30pm
Depart from The Muse
Following the lunchtime recital enjoy a gentle walk with other festival goers up onto The Crug to enjoy wonderful views of Brecon.
Friday Concert - to be announced....
Fri 19 July, 7.30pm
Special festival guests to be announced soon
The Friday Afterglow
Fri 19 July, 9.30pm
The Clarence Inn
Join the concert choirs and our community in the pub for a rousing communal sing...with a pint or two!
Sat 20 July, 10.30am
St Mary's Church
In the weeks leading up to the festival local children will be enjoying some singing workshops with the South Powys Youth Music Team. Come and enjoy listening to the joyous singing they will have created!
Henry Vaughan - Festival Context
Sat 20 July, 11am
The Muse, our Festival Hub!
Watch this space for talk update
Picture credit: artist Robert Macdonald
Continuum: The Evening Watch: Henry Vaughan in Song
Sat 20 July, 12.30pm
The Chapel, Christ College
Continuum’s singers are drawn from some of the finest choral institutions in the UK with several having met at University whilst singing in Trinity and St John’s College Choirs in Cambridge.
Inspired by the poetry of local Welsh poet, Henry Vaughan, Continuum are presenting a programme of English and Welsh choral music that is crafted around his poetry.
The concert will culminate in Hubert Parry’s six Songs of Farewell written between 1916-18 which are among the final pieces that Parry wrote. The first song, My soul there is a country, sets words from Henry Vaughan’s Peace.’
The Festival Choir Trail
Sat 20 July, 3.30pm
Start from the Canal Basin, Theatr Brycheiniog
Join the festival choirs and voices as they walk, stop and sing at different venues around town
Grand Concert: The London Welsh Male Voice Choir
Sat 20 July, 7.00pm
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir has sung at many of Britain’s most prestigious concert halls and cathedrals, has appeared twice at the Royal Variety Command Performances and have recorded with Charlotte Church, Aled Jones and Bryn Terfel.
Join us for a musical experience – a wonderful evening of virtuoso singing and entertainment featuring the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.
The Saturday Afterglow
Sat 20 July, 9.30pm
The Clarence Inn
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, festival attendees can enjoy a second evening of rousing song for one of our great Festival Afterglows.
Book pre-concert supper with The Hours Cafe in the cathedral close.
Solstice: Brahms, Bruckner & Vaughan
Sun 21 July, 12 noon
The Chapel, Christ College
Solstice Choral Ensemble is a Cardiff based octet made up of current and graduate vocal students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Established in 2022 to expand on a love of choral singing, their past performances range from the music of Tallis to Whitacre, with highlights including performances of Faure's Requiem and Brahms Neue Liebeslieder.
The group are keen to work on new music and often work with local composer Tomos Owen Jones. Recent performances include the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Festival, and the Sounds Sublime Festival in collaboration with The Sixteen.
This Sunday concert will see Neue Liebeslieder by Brahms, pieces by Bruckner in his 200th anniversary year and - in keeping with our festival theme- music set to Henry Vaughan by two local Welsh composers.
Sun 21 July, 4.00pm
Join the cathedral congregation for their Festival Evensong
Sunday 21 July, 6pm
The Plough Chapel
Enjoy, and join in with, congregational hymn singing in the wonderful Plough Church here in Brecon to close the festival.
Brecon Choir Festival is delighted to be supporting this event on 12 April at which our 2023 Young Singer Award winner, Erin Thomas will be singing with Louise Wood