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Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London

The Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London opens this autumn, and will be a hub of Bulgarian events in London.

Other voices

A Spell in Time:
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
London's Georgian choir - we share a handful of members, and plenty of friends. Occasionally, we perform together.

The Dessibelles
Trio specialising in Bulgarian folk songs, led by Dessi.

Bianca K "Passion Has Dreams"
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
Collective of voice teachers who believe singing is our birthright

Bulgarian Women's Choir in Los Angeles

Dunav Balkan Group:
Dunav is the longest running Balkan folk group in the UK

Georgian Harmony Association:
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
London's first radio art station

Cultural Co-operation
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:
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:
The seven-piece Glas Vocal Ensemble are based in Denmark, and sing songs from all over Bulgaria. More at their MySpace site.

Slavonic Tractor:
A Finnish folk music choir from Turku, inspired by Bulgarian choirs and with many Bulgarian songs in their repertoire.

The Spooky Men:
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:
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:
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:
Boryana Cerreti-Velichkova leads these two Berlin-based ensembles specialising in Bulgarian folk music.

Swiss Bulgarian Choir:
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
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
Award-winning Thracian Choir specialising in music from Pirin, Rhodope and across Bulgaria

Zagore Folklore Ensemble
Ensemble of dancers, musicians and singers from Dessi's home town, Stara Zagora

Children's Choir of Bulgarian Radio and Television:

"Ivan Spassov" Plovdiv Chamber Choir:

Sofia Orthodox Choir:

Women's Choir of Sofia:

The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir:

Great Voices of Bulgaria:
A variety of touring choirs and concert ensembles.

Eva Quartet:
Quartet of soloists from the Mysteres choir - Myspace site

Cosmic Voices:

Phillipopoly: Choir from Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts

Bulgarians in London

Bulgarian Embassy:
The Bulgarian Embassy's web site

Bulgarian Cultural Events in the UK:
The Bulgarian Embassy's bulletin of events

BG Ben
London-based Bulgarian newspaper

Friends of Bulgaria
UK-based charity supporting humanitarian projects in Bulgaria

Bulgarian City Club
London-based organisation for professionals with links to Bulgaria. Frequently raises money to support Bulgarian children's charities.

Bulgarian Business Club
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
From the site of Yves Moreau, Quebec

Vox Bulgarica
Vox Bulgarica offer sheet music for download as .pdfs

WebFolk Bulgaria
Multimedia database of Bulgarian musical folklore

Bulgarian Folk Music Blog
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:
Information on a range of well-being holidays.

Workroom Productions:
Consultancy specialising in software test strategy. Sometimes forgets the tune . . .

Maf'j Alvarez:
Interactive Design.

Bernard Burns:
Bernard's Big Wave - Surf on in!

Creative Suppport Agency:
Recruitment agency for the creative industries.

Panorama Hotel, Varna:
Fine hotel on the Black Sea coast.