The London International A Cappella Choir Competition was launched in 2014 at St John’s Smith Square. A week of intense heats whittle the highly accomplished international choirs down to 4 finalists who then present diverse programmes combining English-Renaissance masterworks with a rich selection from their respective traditions and pieces by the featured composer. Competing choirs also perform lunchtime and evening concerts at historic churches across London and participate in masterclasses. Featured composers at the first two competitions have been Sir John Tavener and Gabriel Jackson. The Third London International A Cappella Choir Competition will take place from 25th June to 1st July 2017 and will once again be directed by Peter Phillips of The Tallis Scholars. The LIACCC commences on Sunday 25th June with a concert given by The Holst Singers and e Gesualdo Six directed by Stephen Layton and the winners of the 2nd LIACCC, Sansara. The featured composer for 2017 is the Estonian, Arvo Pärt. 16 choirs have been selected to participate from across Europe, North Amerca, South America and Asia. Alongside the competitive heats will be workshops, concerts across London, a photographic exhibition, film screenings and a concert by The Tallis Scholars.