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Radio 3 Choir of the Year Grand Final (transmission date)

BBC Four, 16th December 2006, 7-8:30 pm

We re-lived the closing stages of the competition in this BBC broadcast - but if you want to hear the full versions of the songs, you'll have to seek out the radio broadcast. Better still, come to a gig!

Christmas Concert

Salvation Army Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London, 15th December 2006

We closed off another remarkable year with a wonderful sing, drawing a 300+ crowd to this fine central-London venue.

Guest performances from:
The Dessibelles

Friends of Bulgaria Charity Christmas Ball

Bulgarian Embassy, London, 12 December 2006

The choir performed a short set at this annual event in aid of orphanages and childrens's charities in Bulgaria.

BBC Choir of the Year Grand Final

Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10th December 2006

It was impossible to choose between such different and able choirs, but the wonderful Chantage took the day - winning not only the judges prize, but also the audience prize.

The final will be broadcast on Radio 3 on Monday 11 December, 7:30 - 10 pm, and BBC 4 on 16 December, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Until the 18th, you can 'listen again' to the radio show at . Fast-forward to 1:08:50 for an interview with Dessi, and 1:10:40 to hear us on-stage.

On the High Road

With the Clod Ensemble, 1st December 2006

In a one-off preliminary production of a new translation of Chekhov's play, a nine-voice fraction of the choir sang original music by Paul Clark.

Virgin Queen: Best Original Score

Royal Television Society awards, 20th November 2006

Martin Phipps' fine soundtrack had contributions from the London Bulgarian Choir, and solos from Dessi.

BBC Choir of the Year Category Finals

Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 12th November 2006

We won! We're pleased to announce that we are BBC Radio 3 Open Choir of the year 2006. Highlights of all the category finals were broadcast on Radio 3's "The Choir" on the 19th and 26th of November - we were on the 26th.

Evening of Bulgarian Culture

London Press Club, 26 October 2006

Competing honourably with a Bulgarian wine tasting, the choir enthralled its audience with a variety of regional folk songs. Informal singing and dancing continued throughout the evening...

Summer Concert

The Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, 22nd July 2006

A wonderful evening's singing in this beautiful church bought our season to a close in style. Big audience, new songs - and a standing ovation!

Radio Gagarin

Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill, 16th July 2006

Back to Max Reinhardt's bi-monthly experiment in Sunday Socialism, this time with just twelve of us - all we could fit on stage. Plenty of dancing afterwards to the music of Babar Luck and Mama Matrix. More at the NHAC Website.

Friends of Bulgaria Charity Summer Dance

Foreign Press Association, London, 15th June 2006

Friends of Bulgaria's fundraising ball, in aid of projects to help disadvantaged children in Bulgaria. Supported by ZOV UK, the Bulgarian City Club, and the Bulgarian Embassy.

Swaledale Festival

Reeth and Grinton, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, 26-27th May 2006

We sang to packed audiences at The Bridge Inn, Grinton on Friday and at the Reeth Methodist Church on Saturday. We also performed a few songs on the musical walk on the Sunday - and were grateful to the King's Arms, Reeth for their enthusiastic support (two nights running!) of impromptu singing in their lounge bar.

We had a wonderful time across the whole weekend, and would like to express our thanks and deep appreciation to the hosts, organisers and other local people who were unfailing in their hospitality to our thirty-plus singers, assorted relatives and partners. Festival details from the Swaledale Festival website.

Alphabet Day Celebration

Bulgarian Embassy, 24th May 2006

The choir sang at the Embassy for this annual celebration of the Cyrillic alphabet.

Recording: Vecheriai Rado, Tredafilchitu, Brala Moma, Aide Momi

Royal College of Art, London, 23rd May 2006

We recorded four songs for use in an animation. More details to follow.

The Choir

6:30 pm, BBC Radio 3, 20th April 2006

The BBC transmitted our performance of Ergen Deda, recorded during the heats of BBC Choir of the Year.

Following the following link for Radio 3's The Choir. Until Sunday 28th, you can hear the piece on "Listen Again" - it's all good, but fast-forward to about 54 minutes to get straight to the song.

Music for Change

Herne Bay, 14th May 2006

A dozen or so of us warmed up a grey and windy day in Herne Bay with two hours of songs and dances.

Thanks to Music for Change for organising this event.

Shouting Gallery

National Portrait Gallery, London, 12th May 2006

This event, organised by The Shout!, celebrated the Gallery's 150th Anniversary. We performed as we walked through the galleries, finally joining six other choirs to sing a specially-commissioned piece by Orlando Gough.

BBC Choir of the Year (first round)

The Anvil, Basingstoke, 9th April 2006

We won "Choir of the Day" in the "Open" category, and wait to hear if we will be selected for the Category Finals in November.

More details from The Anvil and the Choir of the Year website.

Bulgarian Embassy

Bulgarian Embassy, London, 4th April 2006

A small group performed a brief Dessi-less set for the President of Bulgaria. People danced!

A1 Festival of Light

Highbury Fields, Islington, 25th March 2006

Celebrating the regeneration of the A1 from corridor to community at the A1 Festival of Light.

Court Sessions

Court Sessions Folk Club, Tooting, 24th March 2006

A fine evening of singing at this regular South London folk club. For more events, see Court Sessions' website.

The Virgin Queen (BBC)

BBC1. 9pm Sunday evenings from January 22 to February 12 2006.

Dessislava Stefanova and other members of the choir sing on the soundtrack to this four-part drama. Soundtrack available at your local record store, from Amazon or from Dessi. Dessi / choir feature on tracks 3, 10, 11, 13. Also transmitted on PBS in November 2005.

Update: The soundtrack has won an RTS Award for Best Original Score, and an Ivor Novello for Best Television Soundtrack. Congratulations to Martin Phipps, the composer and producer.

Radio Gagarin

Notting Hill Arts Club, 22 January 2006

Radio Gagarin - LondonĂ­s only Balkan/Russian/Baltic/Gypsy/Klez/Mash/Thrash/Trash KULTURKlash - played host to the London Bulgarian Choir as one of its trademark Experiements in Sunday Socialism. Ros met Misha the bear . . .