The London Sangerstevne 2019
Non-competitive Choral Festival
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The word Sangerstevne is of Norwegian origin. It means a congress or coming together of singers. Sangerstevne are organised on a district, regional and national level. Sangerstevner are all non-competitive. Singers and choirs come together just to express their love and joy of singing, to meet new people and hear new repertoire.

The concept was brought back to the UK by Philip Norman (who had been Kantor and Organist of Orkdal - a municipality near Trondheim). The first London Sangerstevne was held in 2004 with approximately a hundred singers and seven or eight choirs.

A typical London Sangerstevne these days will involve some 30 choirs from several nations, and about 600-700 singers.

Main Festival - Saturday 18 May - St Sepulchre's Church: There will be four concerts, each with 6 or seven choirs, running from 12 noon to about 9.40 pm. At the end of each concert,  the Festival Pieces will be performed by those who wish to do so.

From 10 am through to 8.00 pm, participating choirs will be offered a short warm-up session in a location close to the church. This is likely to happen some time before the concert in which any one choir participates. For instance, if you are singing in a concert which begins as 12 noon, your warm-up time would be between 10.30 am and 12 noon.

During the whole of the day, from 10am through to 11pm, The Viaduct Tavern and Starbucks will be open for drinks and refreshment. These places are usually closed on a Saturday but are opening specially for the Sangerstevne.

There will be space in the church for you to eat your own sandwiches, if you prefer.

Fringe Concerts - Friday evening, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon: This refers to concerts in other churches across London at which choirs perform up to 30 mins music of their own choice.


Last date for Registration: Choirs are requested to complete their registration, using THIS FORM.

Payment: Payment for participation will need to be completed by Monday 15 April. This payment will be returned if the choir is unavoidably unable to participate.