About

  • The Vision

    St Andrews is a uniquely beautiful, historic town; the perfect place for a festival! It has a strong market for music and culture, unrivalled scenery, an international reputation as the home of golf, proximity to some of Scotland’s major cities (Dundee, Edinburgh and Perth), plus all the vibrancy of a university town. All these factors make it a matchless place for a top-class music festival, and in October 2012 St Andrews Voices brought this vision to life for the first time. Since then, the festival has gone from strength to strength and has become one of the country’s cultural gems.

    The Voice

    There are many successful chamber music festivals around the country, just as there are numerous summer opera festivals. What is more unusual is a festival that places the voice, and all its diverse musical incarnations, at the centre of its programme. St Andrews Voices does just this, bringing the festival a number of strengths, not least the wide audience base that vocal music attracts, and the opportunity to explore unique programming that crosses traditional genre boundaries.

    Headline Concerts

    A main concert each night of the festival features artists of international calibre in a variety of genres.

    Late-night & Day-time Events

    These offer the chance to hear the voice in different, less formal guises. There are also events giving members of public a chance to get involved and get singing.

    The Reaction

    2015 Festival

    ‘With masterclasses, recitals, performances and cabaret it’s a weekend with a marvellous mix as well as a selection of world-class performers…’ Scots Magazine

    ‘St Andrews [Voices] is one of the few festivals anywhere to focus entirely on the voice in all its glory… an extraordinary festival… the variety is tremendous.’ BBC Radio 3

    ‘Thank you for the gift of the Festival. We went to almost all the events and enjoyed them hugely. Such a range of works and all of such quality.’ Audience member

    2014 Festival 

    ‘a diverse and classy showcase of vocal music’ The Herald

    ‘St Andrews Voices Festival… returned to the town in resplendent glory… the festival featured events for everyone no matter what their preference in music… the most spectacular four days of music.’ Owl Eyes Magazine

    ‘Outstanding quality of music and singing’ Audience member

    2013 Festival 

    ‘…hugely compelling’ The Scotsman

    ‘…a spectrum of music that was astounding in delivery… another world class display of a cappella music.’ Courier

    Lovely atmosphere, lovely people, lovely venues, splendid music!’ Audience member

    2012 Festival

    ‘…judging by the sheer quality and ambition of the inaugural outing, it’s been an enormous success’ The Scotsman

    ‘…one of the highlights of the St Andrews calendar’ The Saint

    ‘The greatest concentration of musical enjoyment ever! Every performance was outstanding… There was tremendous variety, including performances we probably would not have attended had they not been part of the festival. We would have been the losers!’ Audience member

    The Future

    There is much in store for St Andrews Voices, which has now established itself as an annual event. Future plans include bringing more international performers to St Andrews, developing relationships with Scotland’s exceptional young talent, commissioning new music, cultural twinning projects and a whole host of concerts ‘with a twist’.

    The Team

    The festival has been established as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC042900), with a board of charity trustees drawn from both the University and the wider artistic community in Scotland. We have also assembled a small, dedicated administration team made up of experienced arts professionals from diverse fields. This includes the Artistic Director, Sonia Stevenson

    Sonia Stevenson

    Sonia grew up in St Andrews and was deeply involved in much of the local music making. She left St Andrews to take up a place at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, from where she went on to study music at King’s College London, gaining a BMus and MMus. Sonia has undertaken a number of roles within the music business and currently splits her time as Artistic Director of both St Andrews Voices and the Lichfield Festival, as well as serving as a board member for the British Arts Festivals Association. In the past she has worked as Promotion Manager at Faber Music, PA to the conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, Artist Manager at Connaught Artists and Concerts Department Assistant at the Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a keen singer and oboist.