Communal singing is one of the greatest ways of bringing people together through music, regardless of their ability. We are delighted that BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy will be bringing her considerable experience in leading an online choir to create Cambridge Folk Festival’s Virtual Choir, as part of the Cambridge Folk Festival at Home.
Bella will hold an online choir event on Saturday 11 July from 11am to noon, where she will teach you to sing popular folk song The Parting Glass in three part harmony. As a little extra, if you would like to video yourself singing the song after the event and send it in to us, we'll put as many of those videos as we are able to together to create a video collage to be shared during the Festival weekend.
All participants should book their places using the button below no later than noon on Friday 10 July. You'll be asked how you want your ticket delivered - you can tick either option, as we just need email addresses for participants. We'll then send out the link to Bella's choir event on 11 July, along with all of the resources you might need.
There is a suggested donation of £5 for the workshop, but if you are suffering financially do feel free to join without donating. If you can give more, then that would be much appreciated! Money raised will be used to pay the technical costs of this choir, with any additional profits going to Cambridge Folk Festival at Home artists and charity Help Musicians UK.
BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy began performing at Cambridge from the age of 13. In 2006 she helping introduce The Hub, a music making area for young people. In 2014, she led a choir workshop over three days at the festival, which culminated in a once in a lifetime experience for around 200 people, singing onstage with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Bella’s most recent album, Postcards & Pocketbooks: The Best of Bella Hardy was released to critical acclaim in October 2019.