Fieldview Festival 2016 - Main Stage
Bristol Folk House - Photo by Camilla Adams
SOUTH WEST ENGLAND'S LEADING CONTEMPORARY FOLK CHOIR
Founded in 2012 by musician and songwriter Heg Brignall, The Great Sea Choir have risen from a small group of singers to a forty-strong choir, performing their unique selection of a cappella, contemporary-folk arrangements at professional events and festivals, collaborating with other artists, receiving recognition from local BBC Introducing and BBC radio shows as well as becoming the winners of the 2016 Heart FM choir competition. They were also the featured group on Made In Bristol TV as the headline act at Bristol Festival of Song 2015.
The choir's debut EP Within The Sound - a collection of six arrangements by Heg - is released in November 2018. The EP has already received plays on BBC Radio Bristol, with presenter Steve Yabsley describing it as "Rather good!"
The choir has performed at major concert venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Royal Festival Hall., Colston Hall, St George's, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol Folk House and at festivals including Priddy Folk Festival, Fieldview Festival, Bristol Folk Festival, Chorus Festival London, Bristol Harbour Festival and St Werburgh's Farm Fair.
The choir regularly promotes their own concerts and events including their sell-out winter concert held in central Bristol each year as well as more bespoke gigs; previous events include a gig on boat and a formal concert in a disused church.
Each year the choir supports different local charities; last year they raised £1809.53 for SARSAS and Bristol Zero Tolerance - a new initiative dedicated to making Bristol a city free from gender based violence. The choir since signed the BZT pledge to end gender based violence in the city. Previous charities include Jessie May, Disasters Emergency Committee, Bristol Refugee Rights and Concern Universal.
Artist collaborations include performing with songwriter Theo Bard; Heg & The Wolf Chorus (the choir featured on the album Raising The Fires and performed at Trinity Bristol as part of a theatrical album launch) as well as support gigs with Blackbeard's Tea Party and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominees Gilmore & Roberts.
The choir pride themselves on having high musical standards and excellent vocal technique; they learn quickly and perform textured and often complex arrangements in up to eight part harmony. At the heart of what the choir creates musically is an incredibly strong sense of community and companionship which is what gives the choir the perfect combination of community and musicianship.
The Great Sea Choir are available for concert and event bookings, festivals, artist collaborations including recordings and private event hire. The choir can go out as the full forty-strong ensemble or in smaller configurations depending on the requirements and restrictions of an event.