the London Bulgarian Choir  
about us
about Dessi
listen / buy
watch / buy
contact us

Please let us know of any dates to include in the calendar at least 2 weeks prior to event.

© London Bulgarian Choir 2017


Although the tour of Bulgaria was clearly our biggest event in 2005, we started with a recording, and ended with Dessi fronting a Radio 3 documentary on Bulgarian choral music.

Bulgaria's Voice

9:30 BBC Radio 3, Christmas Day, 2005

Dessi presented this 45 minute exploration of Bulgarian music and culture, with interviews and recordings from the tour in August 2005. Produced by Megan Jones.

Christmas concert - and the choir's fifth birthday

St James' Church, West Hampstead, 16 December 2005

Seasonal songs, traditional blessings and a birthday cake. A full house for our first concert in St. James'.

Guest performances from:
The Dessibelles
A Spell In Time

Flash Choir

Waterloo, Bond Street, Oxford Street, 4 December 2005

An afternoon singing round the streets of London. Did you see us?

Friends of Bulgaria Christmas Party

Bulgarian Embassy, 24 November 2005

The choir gave a short performance of traditional and seasonal Bulgarian songs at this charity christmas party. The choir is pleased to support this event, in aid of orphanages, schools and children's hospital wards in Bulgaria. Party organised by Friends of Bulgaria, and supported by the Bulgarian Embassy, the Bulgarian City Club and Zov UK.

Balkan Beat Box

Scala, London, 3 November 2005

Dessi and Bozena sang with Balkan Beat Box as they started their European tour.

BBC World Service

In Praise of God, 23 October 2005

The choir sang Moma Hubava and Tsarsko Momche for this program about Bulgarian rituals and stories.

Flash Choir

London, 22 October 2005

Plenty of crowds (and the occasional security guard) were drawn to the choir as they wandered from London Bridge to Covent Garden, singing wherever they found a good echo.

Songlines Magazine

Autumn edition, October 2005

Veronica Simpson wrote about the joys of being on tour in "Postcard from Bulgaria". Magazine website here:

Bulgarian Tour 10-20 August 2005

Sofia, Trigrad, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Veliko Tûrnovo, Rousse, Bansko

The choir toured Bulgaria in August. Thirty singers were joined by four musicians, a journalist from BBC Radio 3 and fifteen assorted partners, relatives and friends. We had an extraordinary time; performing, seeing the sights, and meeting other choirs.


13th August, Trigrad. Afternoon performance in the town square, evening performance at the Orphic Festival.

15th August, Stara Zagora. Evening concert in the Old Theatre.

16th August, Plovdiv, at the ìKingís Stablesî

18th August, Rousse. Evening concert.


Dylan Fowler - guitar, oboe, clarinet
Oli Wilson-Dickson - violin
Rachel Wilson-Dickson - violin
Gill Stevens - viols, crwth

Our thanks to members of the following choirs for their hospitality and musicianship.

The Philip Koutev Choir, Sofia
The Bistrica Grannies and their Granddaughters, Bistrica, Sofia
The Manol Radichev Folk Ensemble of Gela
Zagorche Children's Choir, Stara Zagora
The Tracea Ensemble, Plovdiv
The children of the musical academy, Plovdiv
Chimerika, Sofia
The Trio Pirinka, Bansko

Concert with Village Harmony

St. Pancras Old Church - 7 August 2005

The London Bulgarian Choir joined forces with Village Harmony for a varied program including village songs from Bulgaria, songs and dances from South Africa, American shape-note songs and 14th century motets.

Spring Concert with Stanislav Hvartchilkov

The Bolivar Hall at the Venezuelan Embassy - 16 June 2005

A packed house at this wonderful venue. The choir were in fine voice with old and new songs, and we were all stunned by Stanislav's fluency across a repertoire from Bach to Bogdanovich.

Alphabet Day Celebration

The Bulgarian Embassy - 28 May 2005

Annual celebration of the Cyrillic Alphabet.

Resonance FM

London Diaspora Live - 31 March 2005

An hour of songs and inverviews with members of the choir.

Big Sing Amnesty Concert

St. Luke's, Cambridge, 18 March 2005

Kicking off the Cambridge Big Sing Weekend with the Good Vibrations Community Choir. Profits from the event were donated to Amnesty International.

Vital Arts Hospital Project

Recorded "Proshtavai Mamo" and "Moma Hubava"for Vital Arts.

Destinations Travel Show

Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, 5 February 2005

The choir performed a 30 minute set of traditional Bulgarian folk songs.