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24/05/2017

News release

York Tunes Up For Scandinavian Choral Festival

York will welcome 5 Norwegian choirs this weekend as the free Scandinavian Choral Festival gets underway from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May.

Getting the festival off to a pitch perfect start will be a Choral Singing Contest which will be held at the Guildhall in St Helens Square from 19.30 to 21.00 on Friday 26 May. 5 Norwegian choirs will each perform two songs inside this grand 15th century meeting place.

On Saturday 27 May, there will be two opportunities to enjoy the choral performances. The first will take place outdoors from 11.00 to 13.00 in Kings Square. Choral fans will see the 5 choirs perform pop melodies and folk tunes for 15 to 20 minutes each.

The crescendo of Saturday’s events will be a full choir concert which will take place from 19.00 to 21.00 at Central Methodist Church on St Saviourgate. The 5 Norwegian choirs will take to the stage with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir to sing pop, folklore and church music throughout the evening.

The weekend-long choral festival will culminate in a series of church performances on Sunday 28 May. Participating churches include Central Methodist Church, St Olave, St Clements and St Denys.

The Scandinavian Choral Festival is organised by Escape Travel in partnership with Visit York.

Michelle Brown, Marketing Manager said: “We are delighted that the Scandinavian Choral Festival is back in York again. The city has some of the UK’s finest concert venues, both indoor and out, which choirs are always keen to sing in. Saturday’s performance at Central Methodist Church will be a spectacular choral celebration, featuring our very own York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir.”

The 5 Norwegian choirs performing at the festival include Solheimkoret, Ha dur Moll, Harmony Singers, Fredheim Blandede Kor, Ledaal Vokalensemble
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