The London International Choral Festival, has been presented in London over the New Year period since 2008.
The opportunities that the Festival gives for choirs to sing are quite superb, with each performance opportunity being tailored to the specific performance capabilities of the singers. LICF offers delightful venues and enthusiastic audiences for all of the Festival’s concerts. The main aim of the London International Choral Festival is that it be inclusive and accessible to all young choirs and singers from all over the world. Within the Festival performers are offered the opportunity to sing their repertoire as an individual choirs on two occasions, in venues that are specifically chosen for a choir of their size, ability, and repertoire. Frequently LICF offers the magnificent stages of Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square as choirs embellish the superb LNYDP instrumental concert series. LICF works in partnership with London’s other major musical event – London’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival thus enabling exciting opportunities to singers that they might never normally be offered. Additionally, LICF offers the tremendously exciting opportunity of joining the LICF Massed Choir Gala Finalé Concert. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of the singers in the Festival to get together and sing communally accompanied by one of the finest Youth Orchestras in Europe. LICF Choral Director is Justin Doyle. Justin believes passionately that all of us have the ability to sing and enjoy making vocal music and his mission is to ensure that every single singer who participates in this Concert enjoys the experience, and performs to the very best of their abilities. LICF is supported by the City of Westminster, The London Mayors’ Association, and The Mayor of London. The Festival is also supported by three of the greatest Choir Directors in Britain today. James O’Donnell from Westminster Abbey, Martin Baker from Westminster Cathedral, and Malcolm Archer from Winchester College. The London International Choral Festival enjoys the Patronage of one of Britain’s most prominent arts benefactors, Mr. Roger Bramble, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of London.
Born in Lancaster, Justin Doyle was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers. Recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, King’s Camerata, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia of Leeds, Haffner Orchestra, Essex Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and a cover CD for BBC Music Magazine.