David Clover Festival of Singing

The David Clover Festival of Singing encourages the development of singers from throughout the UK and beyond

The DCFS was set up to carry on the inspirational work of David Clover, the charismatic Sheffield Schools Music Adviser, who encouraged everyone to sing and saw singing as central to the development of the complete person. Lesley Garrett is our patron, Mark Wildman, president and Elizabeth Watts, vice-president; and our work is supported by other internationally-famous singers and teachers of singing.

Singers, take advantage of unique opportunities to perform and learn under the guidance of professional adjudicators with classes for all ages and for all types of song. There is ample scope for own-choice items and individual recital programmes too. And, of course, there will be experienced and sympathetic pianists to accompany you.

Audiences, come and be entertained by a wide range of enjoyable singing performances of a high standard, all followed by sympathetic comment and appreciation.

Annual programme of events

January: The Singers' Platform focuses on music students at Universities and Conservatoires, giving them a chance to display their talents and continue their development with substantial prize money. It will take place 24th-26th January 2020.

February : The Festival Weekend invites singers of all ages to compete in what is our major event, featuring all kinds of songs. There are more than a hundred performances which take place in a friendly atmosphere over three days, 31st January-2nd February 2020.

Singers and Audiences may obtain more information (including entry forms) from the website, though it is now too late to enter for 2020.

May: Two prize-winners from the Singers' Platform 2020 will perform on 16th May in the Crucible Showroom at the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, organised by Music in the Round.

July: The Festival Showcase features prize-winners from the Singers Platform and the Festival Weekend.

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