Durham Big Sing - a festival of community singing | Friday 8th - Sunday 17th May 2020



Durham Big Sing

A festival of community singing with 2,020 voices

Friday 8th - Sunday 17th May 2020
Venues Across Durham City

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What is Durham Big Sing?
Durham Big Sing is a brand new, non-competitive singing festival organised by Durham based Social Enterprise - The Singing Elf. Celebrating community singing in its widest form, we aim to bring together 2,020 voices from throughout the North East. The 10-day festival will take place in venues across Durham City between Friday 8th May to Sunday 17th May 2020, making us the biggest community singing festival in the region.

Who can take part?
Durham Big Sing welcomes adult singers of all abilities with a varied programme of workshops and performances for both individuals and choirs. Some of the workshops will also be open to accompanied young people but the focus of the festival is on adults. Each event will be booked separately so that singers can tailor their festival experience to suit them. The final Festival of Choirs day on Sunday 17th May is only open to singers booking as part of a choir or groups of 5 or more.

What happened in 2019?
Durham Big Sing took place for the very first time on Sunday 19th May 2019. The event welcomed almost 400 singers to Durham's Gala Theatre for one day of workshops and performances. Singers from across the region took part including members of 20 choirs. Watch our film to see how the day went.

Quotes from 2019 event:

'Brilliant day, superb value'

'This was a well organised and uplifting day'

'The atmosphere and friendliness was beyond anything I'd anticipated'

'It far exceeded my expectations'


Register your interest here to be the first to learn when our Box Office opens in February

Our Core Values:
Durham Big Sing celebrates community singing in its widest form and aims to bring together 2,020 singers from throughout the North East.


Celebrate community singing
in a non-competitive environment welcoming all adults regardless of their level of ability, confidence or experience, along with leisure-time singing groups of all musical genres.


Strive to include everyone
by placing accessibility at the heart of the festival. Our ethos of meaningful inclusion aims to address the many barriers of taking part such as physical, mental & emotional health, social isolation and finance.

Create outstanding experiences
by delivering high quality, impactful events led by the region’s top vocal leaders. Working collaboratively with leaders, venues and partners to achieve excellent standards.

Dare to be different
take risks and explore different opportunities in an ambitious way. Challenge perceptions, disrupt traditional attitudes and kick-start new ideas.  

Energise & Inspire
through a collective love of singing and its power to unite communities. Focusing on enjoyment by creating fun, exhilarating singing experiences that invigorate and uplift singers.

©2019 The Singing Elf

The Singing Elf Ltd, Trading as The Singing Elf Social Enterprise, Company No. 12246373.

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