Local music education charity Peterborough Sings! is delighted to welcome singers from across the UK and as far afield as Canada to the inaugural Peterborough International Women’s Choral Festival.

The event will provide an exciting new weekend event for female choirs, which will take place in Peterborough from June 16-19.

Supported with public funding from Arts Council England, the festival will focus on the female experience of choral singing, championing women’s choirs and female composers and celebrating the quality and ambition of women’s singing globally.

Groups and ensembles of all sizes, ages and traditions will participate in this wonderful weekend full of challenge, inspiration and new friendships, supporting each other to be the best they can be through collaboration, performance and the exchange of ideas.

The festival will also empower local women from diverse communities to get involved, join in and find their voices, and a number of specially-formed 'pop-up' choirs - including a workplace choir, a Latvian choir and a mums' choir – will also be taking part. 

Peterborough Matters: The Latvian Choir will take part in the Peterborough Festival.The Latvian Choir will take part in the Peterborough Festival. (Image: Jackie Morris)

Centred around Cathedral Square with its vibrant café culture, the festival will feature a Gala Concert at Peterborough Cathedral, competition classes, informal singing opportunities, practical workshops with international specialists and a series of seminars exploring and addressing the challenges facing women’s choirs today.

Members of the public are invited to watch competition classes in the cathedral free of charge (10am-1pm approx.), and to attend the Festival Gala Concert at 7pm on Saturday, June 17.

  • The festival competition classes are at Peterborough Cathedral, from 10am-1pm, on Saturday, June 17 and members of the public are invited to watch free of charge.
  • The Festival Gala Concert is at Peterborough Cathedral at 7pm on Saturday, June 17, and is open to members of the public. Tickets at: peterboroughsings.org.uk
  • Further information about the festival and participating choirs is at www.peterboroughsings.org.uk

For more information and tickets.visit: www.peterboroughsings.org.uk