Midland Festival Chorus


MFC – a day of singing with a difference!

Midland Festival Chorus has moved its base over the past 40 years from Shepshed to Leicester, Warwick and most recently to Worcester, where it presented many major large-scale works in the Cathedral.

Over the past few years, MFC has organised a choral workshop or singing day, but with a difference! These one-day events end with an informal performance with soloists, concentrate on getting under the skin of major choral works, learning performance techniques… and having some fun at the same time.

Under the direction of Malcolm Goldring, each workshop provides a stress-free day for singers, whatever their ability, although being able to read music is essential to get the most out of the event. Guidance notes are provided in advance of the day to enable singers to prepare effectively.

Recent Choral Workshops have included Stabat Mater by Pergolesi (in an unusual SATB version), Mozart’s Requiem (but with the rarely-heard piano duet accompaniment by Carl Czerny), Elgar’s The Music Makers, Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man,  and Poulenc’s Gloria. In April 2018 we sang choruses from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and, following a successful concert of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Pergolesi’s Magnificat in the beautiful Pershore Abbey in 2017, we returned in September 2018 to perform Haydn’s Nelson Mass.


A message from the committee:

“In the course of our final Workshop Day it became apparent that every past singer has at least one highlight or happy memory of a particular workshop or concert. We have therefore decided to produce a booklet of such memories, possibly with some illustrations or photos, a bit of history, past repertoire etc. We are therefore inviting YOU to submit a paragraph or two outlining your favourite memory or highlight of Choral Workshop/MFC. All contributions to the administrator by Thursday 30 June please.”

“Also, we invite Members (those who pay for membership) to submit suggestions for worthy recipients of the MFC assets. Please send your ideas to the administrator by Thursday 30 June for consideration at a later Committee meeting. A short summary of the objects and work of any proposed charities would be very helpful to assist the Committee in forming a strategy.”

Further details are in the May 2019 Newsletter