Vocalists gather for festival
THE Bristol Festival of Song has begun, with 3,000 singers both male and female uniting across the city for 70 different events.
The third annual festival runs until October 21, and city arts charity Gathering Voices have aimed several of their events specifically at unearthing more of Bristol's male voices.
Under the banner 'Real Men Sing', choir leader Chris Samuel (pictured) will host a 'Sing Like A Bloke' workshop and explore the nature of manly vocalising.
Mr Samuel said: "We might well sob like men, toast like Georgians and march like Visigoths. We might even snarl like pirates or discover the appropriate musical accompaniment to dry stone walling. From the team that brought you Blokefest many things are possible and indeed probable."
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Other manly activities on the menu include champions of the British Association of Barbershop Singers, the Great Western Chorus, who will bring a men-only workshop with a chance for participants to strut their stuff alongside the full chorus during an evening performance at SoundWorks.
The men of Bath Community Gospel Choir will perform at Colston Hall Foyer, Bristol Male Voice Choir will open up their regular rehearsals to passing gents and the Gasmen will perform at St George's.
The festival aims to increase awareness of current singing activity in Bristol and will take place across venues including St George's, Colston Hall, Circomedia, and St Nicholas Market.
Visit www.festivalofsong.org.uk for details of individual events.