About MFC

Who are we?

Midland Festival Chorus (MFC) began life in 1975 as a choral workshop, under the direction of Malcolm Goldring who is still the organisation’s inspirational conductor and musical director. 35 singers took part in the first workshop, which culminated in a performance of Faure’s Requiem. The event was intended to be a one-off but proved so popular that Malcolm was persuaded to conduct a second workshop the following year which was an equal success. Over the years, numbers continued to grow until a large chorus of more than 200 singers existed, many travelling from all parts of the country (not just the Midlands) as well as some from abroad. MFC has held its annual event in the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry and, since 2002, in Worcester Cathedral.

What does MFC offer singers?

The aim has always been for keen singers to have access and opportunity to sing the major choral repertoire with, over many of the organisation’s years, public performances involving some of the finest orchestras and artists in Europe. However, crucially the experience of meeting together annually to study and sing great music whilst improving choral skills has always been the motivation for MFC’s singers. Focussed rehearsals under inspirational leadership creates an uplifting experience for all.

With major public concerts ever more expensive to mount, and funding support difficult to obtain, MFC is continuing to develop its work with singers, to provide an exciting musical challenge which is accessible to as wide a range of singers as possible. Since 2014 the organisation has organised a new kind of ‘choral workshop’ twice a year, where singers are expected to do some preparation in advance, but the emphasis is on high quality singing and fun.

2014 Choral Workshop

The Choral Workshop

The first event of this kind took place in Worcester in May 2014, where 180 singers worked together on The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. It was an enormous success. The conductor, Malcolm Goldring, said afterwards:

“Nobody really knew what the outcome would be for this new MFC event, but we needn’t have been anxious. We welcomed new as well as many of our regular singers, and the quality achieved at the final, informal performance was remarkable. It’s clear that this is a model which will be repeated.”

Here are some comments to the question “What have you enjoyed about today?” following the May Choral Workshop:

•  Giving me confidence that I CAN sing, learned a lot about posture and its impact on tone.
•  The spirit of the whole choir, getting a feel for how it all came together.
•  Quality demanded and given!
•  Everything!