Choirs in Cornwall and across the globe will be descending upon the the Duchy for one of the world's biggest choral events.

The miners who founded their male voice choirs across the world in olden days might have raised an eyebrow, but female singers will be amongst those launching and performing in this year’s Cornwall International Male Choral Festival when it bursts into life from April 28 to May 2.

More than 50 choirs from as far afield as Canada and the Ivory Coast are preparing to descend on Cornwall for the May Bank Holiday singing event – the largest event of its kind in the world - to be opened by Truro Cathedral Choir including its female choristers.

Falmouth Packet: More than 50 choirs from as far afield as Canada and the Ivory Coast are preparing to descend on Cornwall for the May Bank HolidayMore than 50 choirs from as far afield as Canada and the Ivory Coast are preparing to descend on Cornwall for the May Bank Holiday

For the first time headline acts will include two internationally renowned UK vocal ensembles performing at the Hall for Cornwall - the Wales-based singing and dancing winners of TV’s Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud, and the spine-tingling, mixed gender acapella octet,VOCES8.

Festival Director Gareth Churcher said: "We are delighted to be back 'in person' for the 2022 CIMCF and in particular at such prestigious venues such as the Hall for Cornwall and Truro Cathedral.

"The latter has had such innovations in Choral music-making that we wanted to show-case this at our opening International Gala Concert at the Cathedral.

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"The Hall for Cornwall will be hosting two of our headline acts in Voces8 and Only Men Aloud along with some amazing Male and Boy choirs.

"Voces8 and Only Men Aloud are such progressive internationally renowned acts and with Voces8 being a mixed group we hope it brings a wider demographic to the performances at the HfC and still shines a light on the importance of Male Choral singing too."

The 10th biennial Festival is the first to be held 'in person' since 2019 after the global pandemic forced the 2021 event to take place online.

Other choirs eagerly preparing to sing their hearts out will be making the journey from Switzerland, Germany and – for the first time – Iceland, as well as from across the UK and Cornwall itself.

Falmouth Packet: The 10th bienniel Festival is the first to be held ‘in person’ since 2019 after the global pandemic forced the 2021 event to take place online.The 10th bienniel Festival is the first to be held ‘in person’ since 2019 after the global pandemic forced the 2021 event to take place online.

As with the last in person Festival - a huge cultural and economic success for Cornwall - more than three thousand singers of all ages and nationalities will be performing for more than thirty thousand people in venues from the Minack Theatre to St Michael’s Mount and from Mevagissey to Saltash.

For information on the 2022 and previous Festivals and all the amazing choirs taking part, the concerts, venues, competitions and events across the Bank Holiday weekend visit www.cimcf.uk/ .

Tickets for all events can be bought online through the Hall for Cornwall www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/playhouse-tickets-shows/cornwall-international-male-choral-festival/about-the-show or by calling 01872 262466.