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Who Can Attend & Accessibility Information

Who Can Take Part

Durham Big Sing welcomes adult singers of all abilities from all walks of life. You don't need any previous experience, be part of a choir or even believe that you can sing to take part. The mix of voices is one of the magical aspects of the festival; with complete beginners singing alongside more confident voices. You'll learn the songs from scratch on the day and don't need to be able to read sheet music to join in. Our team will be there to support you every step of the way.

Ladies in Yellow Smiling, Durham Big Sing - The Singing Elf

Who Can Attend FAQs

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Can I attend with others?

Our festival welcomes hundreds of singers attending alone, with friends, small groups of singers from a choir or full choirs. This year, most of the singers attending will have booked individually. You can add others to your booking or 'link' with friends who have booked separately to make sure that you are allocated to the same workshops and can enjoy the day together.

Is the festival inclusive?

The festival is organised by The Singing Elf Social Enterprise who specialise in supporting those with hidden barriers to taking part with our volunteers there to assist everyone. Around 50% of our regular participants live with a physical or mental health condition, disability or are neurodivergent. Most adults can access the festival but we invite those with complex, sensory or memory related conditions to discuss your individual needs with us.

Can I bring a carer?

If you need assistance to attend the festival, you can book a FREE companion ticket so that a friend or carer can accompany you. If you have a trained assistance or therapy dog you can bring them too.

Durham Big Sing, Urban Chorus, Gala Theatre


Accessibility is at the heart of Durham Big Sing and we do all we can to be as inclusive as possible. Around half of the people we work with have some form of accessibility need, this means that our team must plan our events very carefully. During your booking we will ask you to tell us everything you can in order to help us to provide the best possible support. We may contact you after booking to provide further information or to clarify your specific needs.

Support available includes:

  • Limited standing time
  • Limited walking distances to venues
  • Step free access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobility Aid access
  • Accessible toilet
  • Seat with arms to assist getting up or down
  • Bring a carer
  • Bring a guide or therapy dog
  • Brighter, dimmer or angle of lighting
  • Quiet or rest area
  • Blind or Visual Impairment
  • Deaf or Hearing Impairment (including using Hearing Loops)
  • Physical health condition or disability (such as Diabetes)
  • Mental health condition (such as anxiety)
  • Neuro-diverse condition (such as Autism)
  • Dementia friendly or memory related support
  • Detailed information to help plan or ease anxiety
  • One to one support from a buddy
  • Breastfeeding facilities

Our venues and shuttle buses are fully accessible and have toilets and quiet rooms. Our experienced Wellbeing Volunteers will also be on hand to support you throughout the day.

Accessibility FAQs