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The Glenarm Festival of Voice, our annual celebration of voice and song, is now in its eleventh year. Last year we temporarily relocated to Belfast from the Festival’s home in Glenarm on the beautiful north coast of Antrim and this year due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions, we will once again be holding the Festival in Belfast.

We are delighted that this year we will be able to have a socially-distanced audience for both the Competition Finale in First Church Belfast and for our event in the Orpheus Ballroom, ‘Puccini and a Pint’. Tickets will be £10 for each event and must be booked in advance: booking links are available further down this page.

Unfortunately this year we will not be able to have audiences at the BBC Radio 3 recitals, but these will be recorded in First Church Belfast and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the early Autumn.

All events are subject to change in the event of further COVID 19 restrictions.

Events

  • Friday 27th August, 8pm: BBC Radio 3 Recital, Ben McAteer (baritone) and pianist Simon Lepper
    • Not open to audiences but will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in Sept/Oct
  • Saturday 28th August, 8pm: BBC Radio 3 Recital, Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano) and pianist Simon Lepper
    • Not open to audiences, but will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in Sept/Oct
  • Sunday 29th August, 1pm: BBC Radio 3 Recital, Elizabeth Watts (soprano) and pianist Simon Lepper
    • Not open to audiences but will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in Sept/Oct
  • Sunday 29th August, 3pm: ‘Puccini and a Pint’ at The Orpheus Ballroom, Hill St (above the Harp Bar)
  • Sunday 29th August, 7pm: The Glenarm Festival of Voice Competition Finale, First Church Belfast (Rosemary St)
    • SOLD OUT

After a record number of entries for the Glenarm Festival of Voice Vocal competition, six singers have been selected to compete for the Deborah Voigt Opera Prize. Sopranos Caroline Behan, Cerys MacAllister and Ellen Mawhinney, Mezzo-Sopranos Amy Conneely and Katie Richardson McCrea and Bass-Baritone Matthew Mannion will perform in the competition finale in front of a live audience and judges and hosted by our Patron, Sean Rafferty.

The Peter Rankin Piano Intern for 2021 is Brendan Kennedy.

You can find out more about the finalists here.

We are delighted to be able to bring a wonderful, live event in the fabulous surroundings of The Orpheus Ballroom on Hill St as part of the Festival – join us for ‘Puccini and a Pint’ performed by some of our Associate Artists and friends on Sunday 29th August at 3pm. Tickets are £10, must be booked in advance here.

Have a look through our gallery below for some images from recent Festivals – we look forward to celebrating the last ten years of the Festival and launching our second decade later this summer.

You can also watch last year’s Competition Finale here.