Sounds Sublime Festival

We are excited to announce that our 2020 Sounds Sublime Festival will take place on Facebook this Saturday 18 July. Now in its seventh year, this one-day celebration of choral music has featured ensembles across a wide variety of vocal styles, highlighting some of the UK’s brightest young vocal talent and introducing audiences to the incredible diversity of the human voice.

This year’s festival will showcase 10 years of the Genesis Sixteen scheme with a different musical offering every hour from members past and present. This will be complemented by live interactive events for all ages which will run by The Sixteen’s wider family throughout the day. All events will be available to watch back if you are unable to attend live.

So whether you fancy immersing yourself in a full day of choral music, pausing your day for a few minutes or so to listen to the Genesis Sixteen Virtual Lunchtime concert or ending your day with a choral meditation, there will definitely be something to suit your mood.


10am: Mini Music Makers
A fun, vibrant and relaxed musical session for 0-3 year olds and their families run by Lucia, Matt and Persephone Vernon Long. The sing-along session will last approximately 30 minutes.
12pm: Streetwise Opera
Join Gavin Bailey from Streetwise Opera as he takes you on an imaginary journey ‘Into the Woods’ with music from Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical. This jam-packed fun workshop will last approximately 40 minutes.
1pm: Genesis Sixteen Lunchtime Concert
This year’s Genesis Sixteen cohort have participated in a virtual course and this virtual concert will feature videos created throughout the week.
2pm: Eamonn’s Top Tips
Following on from his recent popular Facebook live, join The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan as he shares more top tips while discovering the delights of Lobo’s Ave Regina. View the score here
3pm: Horizon Voices
Join a capella vocal ensemble Horizon Voices for a musical journey, a safari
exploring songs, sounds and places from Mexico to Africa! Join in and explore your voice and imagination.
6.00pm: An introduction to Kodaly
Join Rebecca Murphy for an introductory session on the Kodaly Method, and learn a lullaby to bring the afternoon to a close.
6.30pm: Lullabies with The Sixteen
Join members of The Sixteen and their families for a calming end to the day. We invite children to print out and colour in their own Ossie (available here) so they can bob it about during the story.

Other highlights throughout the day come from a vast array of ensembles from the Genesis Sixteen family including Fieri Consort, Echo Ensemble, Recordare Chamber Choir, Cantus Firmus, NYCGB Fellows and Corvus Consort.

Sounds Sublime Festival