London Bulgarian Choir
|London Bulgarian Choir|
Basingstoke leg of the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition
|Also known as||LBC|
|Genres||Bulgarian folk music|
|Years active||2000 - present|
The London Bulgarian Choir is a London-based amateur choir, specialising in Bulgarian folk music. Dessislava Stefanova has led the choir since its formation in 2000. Primarily a performing choir, the LBC perform around twenty concerts a year and have been involved in high-profile collaborations with British Sea Power, Doves and Orlando Gough.
History and Achievements
In the summer of 2005 LBC toured Bulgaria. The tour was covered in a full-page article in the British Songlines magazine and filmed for Bulgarian television. The choir returned to Bulgaria in August 2010, featuring in national press and television, and performing at the Koprivshtitsa folk festival and the Bansko jazz festival.
Sections of the choir contributed to the soundtracks for the 2004 Warner Bros. epic Troy and the 2005 BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen. The Virgin Queen soundtrack won the 2007 BASCA Ivor Novello award in the Best Television Soundtrack category.
Outside London, the choir regularly take part in music and arts festivals, and have performed at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, MusicPort, Sidmouth Folk Week and the Larmer Tree Festival.
Composer and animateur Orlando Gough used the choir in central roles for the performances Singing River at the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall and Shouting Gallery in the National Portrait Gallery.
Part of the choir sang with British Sea Power on BBC Two's music television program Later... with Jools Holland in January 2008 and joined them again for the Mercury Music Awards later that year. The full choir joined British Sea Power for concerts in the Roundhouse in 2008 and Regent's Park in 2009.
In 2012, the choir performed with Cerys Matthews, adjusting two songs from their repertoire to fit with two from Cerys' album Tir. 10 singers from the choir worked with Neil Davidge on the soundtrack to Halo 4.
Dessislava Stefanova was the featured guest on Radio 3's The Choir  with Aled Jones in February 2007, and presented Bulgaria's Voice on Radio 3 in 2005. Both programs included recordings of the choir in performance.
Alyana Galyana, 2008
Christmas Concert (DVD), 2009
Goro Le Goro, 2012 [planned]
- Official website: http://www.londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk/
- BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year
- London Bulgarian Choir Calendar
- Songlines #33, Nov/Dec 2005
- Recording the Score for Troy
- "The Virgin Queen" (2005) (TV mini-series) - Soundtracks
- The Ivor Novello Awards - Nominees
- Exhibition Road Music Day: London's home of Fete de la Musique
- London Jazz Festival - Radio Gagarin
- Article: Organisers look back on 'fabulous' festival - Hebden Bridge Times (Hebden Bridge, England); HighBeam Research
- Musicport Festival, 21 October 2008
- Sidmouth FolkWeek Lineup (2009), archived December 2009
- Larmer Tree Festival 2009 Line-Up Archive (Google cache)
- YouTube - Bulgarian Choir
- The Shouting Gallery: 6 Frisky Choirs at National Portrait Gallery (Friday, May 12, 2006) - Upcoming
- RTV - British Sea Power to headline 2000trees festival
- Hazel Sheffield - Freelance Journalist: Live Review: British Sea Power @ Roundhouse, 17/10/08
- British Sea Power, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London, Simon Price, The Independent, 23 August 2009
- BBC - Electric Proms - Doves
- BBC - Radio 3 - The Choir
- BBC - Radio 3 - Feature - Bulgaria's Voice