Festival Statesmen Chorus

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The Festival Statesmen

Formed in April 2009 by Musical Director and Educator Jonathan Bligh, The Festival Statesmen Chorus is a dynamic all-male A Cappella vocal group. With repertoire ranging from Contemporary to Classical, this chorus exists to provide a platform for Adelaide singers to achieve vocal and performance excellence.

The chorus has headlined a number of choral festivals all across Australia and regularly runs workshops for secondary school students. The lads have won a whole swag of awards over the years in various genres. They've also hosted 3 Sold-Out shows in the Adelaide Fringe. In 2018, the Festival Statesmen became Barbershop Harmony Australia Chorus Champions with the highest score in Australian history from the international panel of judges.


Formed in 2009 by Jonathan Bligh the Festival Statesmen burst onto the Barbershop Harmony Australia scene and made themselves the home for youth barbershop in the country. This was bolstered by the presence of the Fishbowl Boys. The Fishbowl Boys were two-time Barbershop Harmony Australia Youth Quartet Champions and one-time bronze medallists in the open competition.


  • Jonathan Bligh - 2009 - Present

Competitive History

Barbershop Harmony Australia Chorus Competition

2009 2011 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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