The award-winning London Bulgarian Choir, led by Dessislava Stefanova, performs a spine-tingling repertoire of folk songs in traditional and contemporary arrangements. Some tell powerful tales of love and loss, fighting and celebration, while others are inspired by the daily fabric of life. Sung in a complex and unique vocal style, featuring dissonant harmonies, compelling rhythms and exuberant trills and hiccups, the choir’s heartfelt performances transcend language barriers and can move audiences to tears.
The choir was founded in 2000 and, thanks to Dessislava’s patience and dedication, this group of largely non-professional singers has become a performing tour de force, winning hearts and minds from the Welsh valleys to Bulgaria’s mountain villages, as well as attracting a number of high-profile collaborations.
From its early days as a handful of enthusiasts, the choir has grown into an extended ensemble bringing its thrilling sounds and infectious energy to concert halls, churches, nightclubs, galleries, festivals, embassies, village squares and even a barge on the River Thames.
The London Bulgarian Choir has released two albums, Alyana Galyana (2007) and Goro Le Goro (2012), while tours of Bulgaria in 2005 and 2010 took the choir’s London-flavoured Bulgarian songs back to their spiritual homeland.