Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London opens this autumn, and will be a hub of Bulgarian events in London.
A Spell in Time: http://www.spellintime.fsnet.co.uk/
A Spell In Time is a unique pioneering British-Bulgarian performing arts company founded in 1995 by Moni Sheehan and Ivor Davies. We specialise in presenting tales from Bulgarian myth and folklore to British audiences in English translation for the first time. The company’s trademark is a primal blend of storytelling, ritual and music combined with Bulgarian singing.
We aim to create an experience of traditional Bulgarian culture that is exciting, enjoyable and entertaining, while offering an alternative insight into shared human experience
Maspindzeli Georgian Choir http://maspindzeli.org.uk/
London's Georgian choir - we share a handful of members, and plenty of friends. Occasionally, we perform together.
Trio specialising in Bulgarian folk songs, led by Dessi.
Bianca K "Passion Has Dreams" http://www.biancakmusic.com/
Vivienne Boucherat (who sings with us), Chris White (The Zombies - and a fine help with our albums) and Matthew White have written, recorded and produced a great new CD - Passion Has Dreams - with the wonderful Irish singer Bianca K. All info at the above address.
The Natural Voice Practitioners' Network http://www.naturalvoice.net/
Collective of voice teachers who believe singing is our birthright
Bulgarian Women's Choir in Los Angeles
Dunav Balkan Group: http://www.dunav.org.uk
Dunav is the longest running Balkan folk group in the UK
Georgian Harmony Association: http://www.georgianharmony.org.uk/
Promoting Georgian folk music events since 1998 - see this website for Maspindzeli information
California-based women's choir singing songs from across Eastern Europe
Resonance FM http://www.resonancefm.com/
London's first radio art station
Cultural Co-operation http://www.culturalco-operation.org/
Independent arts charity that promotes cross-cultural contact, dialogue and understanding. Currently organising the Diaspora Music Village, Europe's longest running festival of world culture
Slaveya performs traditional unaccompanied vocal music from the Balkans and neighboring regions. Based in the US, Washington area. Directed by Tatiana Sarbinska
Yasna Voices: http://www.yasnavoices.org/
8 voice choir based in Manhattan
A Bulgarian choir in Denmark, led by Michael Deltchev
Men's choir, based in Melbourne, Australia. Sings Bulgarian / Georgian songs. More information here
Sydney-based Bulgarian choir, led by Mara Kiek. Soloists include Silvia Entcheva.
Vokalselskabet GLAS: http://www.vokalselskabetglas.dk/
The seven-piece Glas Vocal Ensemble are based in Denmark, and sing songs from all over Bulgaria. More at their MySpace site.
Slavonic Tractor: http://www.slavonictractor.net/
A Finnish folk music choir from Turku, inspired by Bulgarian choirs and with many Bulgarian songs in their repertoire.
The Spooky Men: http://www.spookymen.com/
Touring men's choir from Australia, singing songs from all over the world, with particular inspiration from Georgia... and with an unmissable live presence.
Georgia's extraordinary and inspring men's choir.
Johnny Madge: http://www.johnnymadge.com/
Sculptor, Olive Oil and slow food expert based in Casperia, Italy - sings (beautifully) in a choir that has worked extensively with Dessi, and is a lovely chap.
Tuscon-based choir specialising in choral music from the Balkans - many excellent videos on their blog.
20,000 Voices: http://www.20000voices.org/
Northumberland organisation to promote singing across the region - 100,000 voices and counting...
Seattle-based women's vocal ensemble specializing in the a cappella folk music of the Balkans, led by Dina Trageser.
Womenís Choir Bulgarian Voices Berlin and The Bulgarian Voices Quartet Berlin: http://www.musikagenturvoices.de/
Boryana Cerreti-Velichkova leads these two Berlin-based ensembles specialising in Bulgarian folk music.
Swiss Bulgarian Choir: http://www.swissbulgarianchoir.ch
Dessi's choir in Zurich – formed by Karen Gruno and with strong links to the fine Swiss-Balkan band Sedjanka.
Netherlands-based choir, performing Bulgarian folk music with a modern twist. Mostly unaccompanied, but sometimes with accordion, tapan, clarinet and bass.
In and around Bulgaria
Bulgarian Women's Choir - Angelite http://www.singers.com/choral/voicesangelite.html
Professional touring choir, music available on iTunes. Subject of the film Voices from Sofia. Official site
Philip Koutev Ensemble
Professional ensemble (including dancers and instrumentalists), tours internationally, music available on iTunes. Information from BalkanFolk
Trakia State Folklore Ensemble
Professional ensemble based in Plovdiv
Tunjda Ensemble http://www.tundjafolk.com/index_en.htm
Award-winning Thracian Choir specialising in music from Pirin, Rhodope and across Bulgaria
Zagore Folklore Ensemble http://www.balkanfolk.com/p/folklore_music_dance_catalogue/zagore_ensemble.htm
Ensemble of dancers, musicians and singers from Dessi's home town, Stara Zagora
Children's Choir of Bulgarian Radio and Television: http://www.iccs.bas.bg/music/rtchoir/
"Ivan Spassov" Plovdiv Chamber Choir: http://spassov.hit.bg/
Sofia Orthodox Choir: http://www.pari.bg/hor/
Women's Choir of Sofia: http://www.bulgarianvoices.com/en/wchoir.html
The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir: http://www.iccs.bas.bg/music/mystery/staff.html
Great Voices of Bulgaria: http://www.bulgarianvoices.com/
A variety of touring choirs and concert ensembles.
Eva Quartet: http://www.elen-music.com/art009en.php
Quartet of soloists from the Mysteres choir - Myspace site
Cosmic Voices: http://www.cosmicvoices.net/
Phillipopoly: Choir from Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts http://www.myspace.com/phillipopoly
Bulgarians in London
Bulgarian Embassy: http://www.bulgarianembassy.org.uk/
The Bulgarian Embassy's web site
Bulgarian Cultural Events in the UK: http://www.ablen.com/news/bceuk
The Bulgarian Embassy's bulletin of events
BG Ben http://www.bgben.co.uk/
London-based Bulgarian newspaper
Friends of Bulgaria http://www.friendsofbulgaria.org.uk/
UK-based charity supporting humanitarian projects in Bulgaria
Bulgarian City Club http://www.bgcityclub.org/
London-based organisation for professionals with links to Bulgaria. Frequently raises money to support Bulgarian children's charities.
Bulgarian Business Club http://bulgarianbusiness.org.uk/
The club aims to encourage and develop business relationships between British and Bulgarian firms in both countries.
Bulgarian Music and Folklore
Commercial site offering music and dance from across the whole region
Bulgarian Folklore Link page http://www.bourque-moreau.com/bglinks.htm
From the site of Yves Moreau, Quebec
Vox Bulgarica http://www.voxbulgar.com/
Vox Bulgarica offer sheet music for download as .pdfs
WebFolk Bulgaria http://musicart.imbm.bas.bg/EN/Default.htm
Multimedia database of Bulgarian musical folklore
Bulgarian Folk Music Blog http://bulgariafolk.blogspot.com/
Blog started in 2011 by our friend Sam, who runs a Sardinian choir. In Italian, but here's an English translation.
Choir members are associated with:
Neal's Yard Agency: http://www.nealsyardagency.com/
Information on a range of well-being holidays.
Workroom Productions: http://www.workroom-productions.com/
Consultancy specialising in software test strategy. Sometimes forgets the tune . . .
Maf'j Alvarez: http://www.limbicfish.net
Bernard Burns: http://www.bernardburns.btinternet.co.uk/
Bernard's Big Wave - Surf on in!
Creative Suppport Agency: http://www.creativesupportagency.co.uk/
Recruitment agency for the creative industries.
Panorama Hotel, Varna: http://www.panoramahotel.bg/
Fine hotel on the Black Sea coast.