Festival Schedule
Registration
  • 08:45

Registration

Festival Welcome
  • 09:15

Festival Welcome

Presented by Founder and Producer of the UK Choir Festival, Russell Scott.

WARM UP
Morning Warm Up
  • 09:15

Morning Warm Up

This inviogorating and lively warmup to start the day off, led by one of our esteemed workshop leaders.

WORKSHOP
Making the Impossible, Possible with Ben Sawyer

Making the Impossible, Possible with Ben Sawyer

How often have you looked at a piece of music and thought, ‘We’ll never learn that!’ or ‘That’s too hard for us’.  This session for singers and choir leaders will introduce some of the techniques your choir can use to approach the seemingly unapproachable while enhancing your a cappella singing. With nowhere to hide, every member has a role in creating the fantastically blended, well-balanced sound your choir strives for, and Ben will be teaching you some of these basics so that your choir can confidently sing a cappella whilst pushing themselves with something that appears a bit more challenging. Today’s session will be taking a classical crossover piece and exploring how to get the most out of your choir’s blend and balance when starting to learn a new piece.

WORKSHOP
Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright

Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright

A lively, fun and interactive workshop that will feature lots of useful information and usable ideas that will help singers and choirs improve and develop. We will look first at preparation and warm-ups and how we can use the Kodaly system to support better intonation and colour. During the workshop there will be opportunities to try lots of interesting ways of warming up in a fun but focused way. We will not only look at vocal warm-ups but look at physical and mental preparation before performances and discuss how important this is. The workshop will look at the genre of popular choral music - one that is often misunderstood and undervalued. We will use a simple piece as a focus for the workshop and discuss how choirs can perform this music in an exciting way and produce an interesting interpretation. We will focus on communication - with one another and, crucially, with an audience. Honest expression is key when we perform and we will discuss and learn about how we can 'sing from our souls'. Getting the balance right between technical accuracy and communicative expression is key. Audiences will always forgive a wrong note - they will never forgive a lack of energy, passion and commitment!

Morning Break
  • 11:15

Morning Break

WORKSHOP
The Wordshop with Nicholas Cleobury

The Wordshop with Nicholas Cleobury

Composers set Words, Words are added to existing music, some Words are set many times by different composers. Musical responses to Words vary, with a wide variety of style and genre. Why are Words set as they are? This Workshop will go behind the scenes, as it were, with Composers and ask how and why they set the Words as they did. Do we do justice to the Words when we sing? What are the musical tools that enhance their meaning? With full participation - singing and contributing – we’ll look at how we can bring extra depth, meaning and colour to our singing.

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals
  • 12:30

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals

Choirs will be allocated slots during the extended lunch break to rehearse in preparation for the afternoon Performance Session. PLUS there is an opportunity for Attendees to talk directly with all our Workshops Leaders in a relaxed Drop-In session to asnwer any vocal or choir-related questions.

WARM UP
Afternoon Warm Up
  • 14:00

Afternoon Warm Up

Before the afternoon session kicks off, one of our workshop leaders will get your voices warmed up once again, ready for the final workshops.

WORKSHOP
Performing Contemporary Rock & Pop Music with Craig Lees

Performing Contemporary Rock & Pop Music with Craig Lees

Join choral director and arranger Craig Lees for an inspiring workshop, exploring contemporary rock and pop choral singing. Discover new techniques for singing and performing, try out new arrangement devices and take a deep dive into song interpretation, all whilst whilst enjoying a fresh arrangement of an uplifting song in a relaxed group atmosphere. This session is open to all – a passion and love for singing is all that is required!

Mini Break 1
  • 15:00

Mini Break 1

WORKSHOP
The Joint Session

The Joint Session

NEW FOR 2022 - This final workshop is a collaboration by all the workshop leaders of the day working on one single piece in a Masterclass format, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to take part. Putting together all the learnings of the day, this session is aimed at consolidating whilst giving choirs the opportunity to work with all 4 workshop leaders at the same time.

Mini Break 2
  • 16:30

Mini Break 2

PERFORMANCE
The Performance Session
  • 16:45

The Performance Session

The Performance Session is often one of the festival's highlights. Choirs take to the stage to perform whilst being adjudicated by our panel of workshop leaders, giving positive and constructive feedback in written form to help choirs develop and thrive even more than ever before.

Festival Finale
  • 17:45

Festival Finale

The Platinum Sessions*
  • 18:00

The Platinum Sessions*

Choirs have their own 1-2-1 session with our workshop leaders to get further insight into their performances, ask questions and talk openly about their challenges and ambitions. NEW to 2022, these invaluable Platinum Sessions will now be split into 2 parts for each choir, working 1-2-1 with 2 workshop leaders at a time, giving choirs even more quality time together.

Close
  • 19:00

Close

* Platinum Ticket Holders only

Registration
  • 08:45

Registration

Festival Welcome
  • 09:15

Festival Welcome

Presented by Founder and Producer of the UK Choir Festival, Russell Scott.

WARM UP
Morning Warm Up
  • 09:15

Morning Warm Up

This inviogorating and lively warmup to start the day off, led by one of our esteemed workshop leaders.

WORKSHOP
The Vocal Workout with Charles MacDougall

The Vocal Workout with Charles MacDougall

After a prolonged period away singing and choirs, many singers are understandably finding themselves simply not match fit for the demands of rehearsal and concerts! Award-winning singer, choral director and vocal coach Charles MacDougall will give you a full vocal workout tackling the core and satellite components of healthy singing technique which is guaranteed to get you back into action! Jam-packed with technical advice all delivered through fun, energetic and engaging activities, this session will – without doubt – increase your awareness and mastery of your instrument, providing tools for the vocal development of the individual singer as well as ideas for effective ways of working with choirs and singers of all abilities. Charles will show that everyone – no matter their level of ability or experience – can get to grips with the key elements behind classical training, improving their own sound, the sound of their choirs, and get us all back to sounding our best!

WORKSHOP
Interpretation of a Pop Song with Rachel Walker Mason

Interpretation of a Pop Song with Rachel Walker Mason

Understanding a pop song helps you create a memorable and honest performance. During the workshop we'll create stories behind a range of songs to interpret them, looking at lyrics for clues. We will then look at how we can tell the story through facial expressions and body language, using mirroring in pairs and wordless story-telling. Finally we will look at different vocal techniques to add the correct emotion to the melody line of the song, for example sob, twang, different onsets. By the end of the workshop you'll have discovered how to give a memorable and honest performance of your song. The workshop will look at the genre of popular choral music - one that is often misunderstood and undervalued. We will use a simple piece as a focus for the workshop and discuss how choirs can perform this music in an exciting way and produce an interesting interpretation. We will focus on communication - with one another and, crucially, with an audience. Honest expression is key when we perform and we will discuss and learn about how we can 'sing from our souls'. Getting the balance right between technical accuracy and communicative expression is key. Audiences will always forgive a wrong note - they will never forgive a lack of energy, passion and commitment!

Morning Break
  • 11:15

Morning Break

WORKSHOP
Podium Time with Katie Thomas

Podium Time with Katie Thomas

Podium time! Ever wondered what your Musical Director is actually trying to do up there?! Here’s a chance for your whole choir to learn some basic conducting skills in order to help you decode your MD’s gestures. Katie will show you how to improve your skills in coordination (of body and breath), explore non-verbal communication, discover the importance of postural alignment, and refine your ‘radar' as an ensemble musician. By the end of the session your choir will have honed its ‘telepathic’ powers and will hold potential for more instinctive music-making in its future performances.

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals
  • 12:30

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals

Choirs will be allocated slots during the extended lunch break to rehearse in preparation for the afternoon Performance Session. PLUS there is an opportunity for Attendees to talk directly with all our Workshops Leaders in a relaxed Drop-In session to asnwer any vocal or choir-related questions.

WARM UP
Afternoon Warm Up
  • 14:00

Afternoon Warm Up

Before the afternoon session kicks off, one of our workshop leaders will get your voices warmed up once again, ready for the final workshops.

WORKSHOP
Gospel Expressions with Carla Jane

Gospel Expressions with Carla Jane

Gospel music is widely regarded as being a very expressive and stirring style of music. A strong message of faith in God, hope and love, is carried on a sound that has taken its shape from Africa and the Caribbean to American and many countries in between. In her sessions Carla likes to bring a ‘Sunday morning in church’ experience to all present, so buckle up! We will be looking at two songs that give a taste of different aspects of gospel styling.

Mini Break 1
  • 15:00

Mini Break 1

WORKSHOP
The Joint Session

The Joint Session

NEW FOR 2022 - This final workshop is a collaboration by all the workshop leaders of the day working on one single piece in a Masterclass format, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to take part. Putting together all the learnings of the day, this session is aimed at consolidating whilst giving choirs the opportunity to work with all 4 workshop leaders at the same time.

Mini Break 2
  • 16:30

Mini Break 2

PERFORMANCE
The Performance Session
  • 16:45

The Performance Session

The Performance Session is often one of the festival's highlights. Choirs take to the stage to perform whilst being adjudicated by our panel of workshop leaders, giving positive and constructive feedback in written form to help choirs develop and thrive even more than ever before.

Festival Finale
  • 17:45

Festival Finale

The Platinum Sessions*
  • 18:00

The Platinum Sessions*

Choirs have their own 1-2-1 session with our workshop leaders to get further insight into their performances, ask questions and talk openly about their challenges and ambitions. NEW to 2022, these invaluable Platinum Sessions will now be split into 2 parts for each choir, working 1-2-1 with 2 workshop leaders at a time, giving choirs even more quality time together.

Close
  • 19:00

Close

* Platinum Ticket Holders only

Registration
  • 08:45

Registration

Festival Welcome
  • 09:15

Festival Welcome

Presented by Founder and Producer of the UK Choir Festival, Russell Scott.

WARM UP
Morning Warm Up
  • 09:15

Morning Warm Up

This inviogorating and lively warmup to start the day off, led by one of our esteemed workshop leaders.

WORKSHOP
Exploring the Techniques of A Cappella Singing with Richard Eteson

Exploring the Techniques of A Cappella Singing with Richard Eteson

What makes an a cappella or close harmony group stand out from a choral ensemble or choir?  Learn the tricks of the trade with former King’s College Choir and Swingle Singer Richard Eteson.  In this immersive workshop we will explore how a cappella singers refine and perfect the basic choral skills of time and tuning to make the music ring true. Know your place: the function of your part/vocal line; your note in the chord; balance, ensemble and teamwork. The sounds of a cappella: basslines, backing vocals and vocal percussion. Performance, engagement and having fun!

WORKSHOP
Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright

Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright

A lively, fun and interactive workshop that will feature lots of useful information and usable ideas that will help singers and choirs improve and develop. We will look first at preparation and warm-ups and how we can use the Kodaly system to support better intonation and colour. During the workshop there will be opportunities to try lots of interesting ways of warming up in a fun but focused way. We will not only look at vocal warm-ups but look at physical and mental preparation before performances and discuss how important this is. The workshop will look at the genre of popular choral music - one that is often misunderstood and undervalued. We will use a simple piece as a focus for the workshop and discuss how choirs can perform this music in an exciting way and produce an interesting interpretation. We will focus on communication - with one another and, crucially, with an audience. Honest expression is key when we perform and we will discuss and learn about how we can 'sing from our souls'. Getting the balance right between technical accuracy and communicative expression is key. Audiences will always forgive a wrong note - they will never forgive a lack of energy, passion and commitment!

Morning Break
  • 11:15

Morning Break

WORKSHOP
Vocal Group Time Machine with James Rose

Vocal Group Time Machine with James Rose

Imagine if a familiar tune, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, might have been performed by various popular vocal groups of the last hundred years. This workshop is a journey through history, but also a bit of an arranging, harmony and theory lesson all in one. Its simple melody has been arranged to bear uncanny resemblance to groups such as Pentatonix, Queen, Take 6, The Mills Brothers, The Hi-Lo's, Mozart and beyond. This, in turn, reveals approaches to harmony, arranging devices, vocal technique, performance characteristics and production conventions in many contrasting styles. The content of this particular workshop was curated by members of Accent, acclaimed internet sensation jazz a cappella group.

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals
  • 12:30

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals

Choirs will be allocated slots during the extended lunch break to rehearse in preparation for the afternoon Performance Session. PLUS there is an opportunity for Attendees to talk directly with all our Workshops Leaders in a relaxed Drop-In session to asnwer any vocal or choir-related questions.

WARM UP
Afternoon Warm Up
  • 14:00

Afternoon Warm Up

Before the afternoon session kicks off, one of our workshop leaders will get your voices warmed up once again, ready for the final workshops.

WORKSHOP
Performing Contemporary Rock & Pop Music with Craig Lees

Performing Contemporary Rock & Pop Music with Craig Lees

Join choral director and arranger Craig Lees for an inspiring workshop, exploring contemporary rock and pop choral singing. Discover new techniques for singing and performing, try out new arrangement devices and take a deep dive into song interpretation, all whilst whilst enjoying a fresh arrangement of an uplifting song in a relaxed group atmosphere. This session is open to all – a passion and love for singing is all that is required!

Mini Break 1
  • 15:00

Mini Break 1

WORKSHOP
The Joint Session

The Joint Session

NEW FOR 2022 - This final workshop is a collaboration by all the workshop leaders of the day working on one single piece in a Masterclass format, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to take part. Putting together all the learnings of the day, this session is aimed at consolidating whilst giving choirs the opportunity to work with all 4 workshop leaders at the same time.

Mini Break 2
  • 16:30

Mini Break 2

PERFORMANCE
The Performance Session
  • 16:45

The Performance Session

The Performance Session is often one of the festival's highlights. Choirs take to the stage to perform whilst being adjudicated by our panel of workshop leaders, giving positive and constructive feedback in written form to help choirs develop and thrive even more than ever before.

Festival Finale
  • 17:45

Festival Finale

The Platinum Sessions*
  • 18:00

The Platinum Sessions*

Choirs have their own 1-2-1 session with our workshop leaders to get further insight into their performances, ask questions and talk openly about their challenges and ambitions. NEW to 2022, these invaluable Platinum Sessions will now be split into 2 parts for each choir, working 1-2-1 with 2 workshop leaders at a time, giving choirs even more quality time together.

Close
  • 19:00

Close

* Platinum Ticket Holders only

Registration
  • 08:45

Registration

Festival Welcome
  • 09:15

Festival Welcome

Presented by Founder and Producer of the UK Choir Festival, Russell Scott.

WARM UP
Morning Warm Up
  • 09:15

Morning Warm Up

This inviogorating and lively warmup to start the day off, led by one of our esteemed workshop leaders.

WORKSHOP
Changing Choral Colour with James Davey

Changing Choral Colour with James Davey

Every note we sing is unique and colourful and contributes to a magnificent palette of sound when we sing together. 'Changing Choral Colour’ explores how sound is produced, how we can refine our individual sound, and what we need to do with it to improve the blend of our choir. With the help of some festival volunteers, the session will highlight solutions for creating beautiful harmonies and articulating text appropriately. We’ll also learn about the technique of voice-matching and other advanced methods for balancing and blending a choir.

WORKSHOP
Interpretation of a Pop Song with Rachel Walker Mason

Interpretation of a Pop Song with Rachel Walker Mason

Understanding a pop song helps you create a memorable and honest performance. During the workshop we'll create stories behind a range of songs to interpret them, looking at lyrics for clues. We will then look at how we can tell the story through facial expressions and body language, using mirroring in pairs and wordless story-telling. Finally we will look at different vocal techniques to add the correct emotion to the melody line of the song, for example sob, twang, different onsets. By the end of the workshop you'll have discovered how to give a memorable and honest performance of your song.

Morning Break
  • 11:15

Morning Break

WORKSHOP
Vocal Keep Fit with Suzzie Vango

Vocal Keep Fit with Suzzie Vango

We all know that singing together is an uplifting experience and we will invariably feel this even more when singing in harmony. With a focus on vocal technique, aural skills and having plenty of fun, join Suzzie Vango, founder of quintet Papagena, “crème de la crème in a crowded a cappella scene” (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) as she takes you through your paces with a mixture of traditional and contemporary music to test your vocal skills...there may even be a small dose of elementary beatboxing thrown in.

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals
  • 12:30

Lunch Break, Drop-In Session & Rehearsals

Choirs will be allocated slots during the extended lunch break to rehearse in preparation for the afternoon Performance Session. PLUS there is an opportunity for Attendees to talk directly with all our Workshops Leaders in a relaxed Drop-In session to asnwer any vocal or choir-related questions.

WARM UP
Afternoon Warm Up
  • 14:00

Afternoon Warm Up

Before the afternoon session kicks off, one of our workshop leaders will get your voices warmed up once again, ready for the final workshops.

WORKSHOP
Gospel Expressions with Carla Jane

Gospel Expressions with Carla Jane

Gospel music is widely regarded as being a very expressive and stirring style of music. A strong message of faith in God, hope and love, is carried on a sound that has taken its shape from Africa and the Caribbean to American and many countries in between. In her sessions Carla likes to bring a ‘Sunday morning in church’ experience to all present, so buckle up! We will be looking at two songs that give a taste of different aspects of gospel styling.

Mini Break 1
  • 15:00

Mini Break 1

WORKSHOP
The Joint Session

The Joint Session

NEW FOR 2022 - This final workshop is a collaboration by all the workshop leaders of the day working on one single piece in a Masterclass format, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to take part. Putting together all the learnings of the day, this session is aimed at consolidating whilst giving choirs the opportunity to work with all 4 workshop leaders at the same time.

Mini Break 2
  • 16:30

Mini Break 2

PERFORMANCE
The Performance Session
  • 16:45

The Performance Session

The Performance Session is often one of the festival's highlights. Choirs take to the stage to perform whilst being adjudicated by our panel of workshop leaders, giving positive and constructive feedback in written form to help choirs develop and thrive even more than ever before.

Festival Finale
  • 17:45

Festival Finale

The Platinum Sessions*
  • 18:00

The Platinum Sessions*

Choirs have their own 1-2-1 session with our workshop leaders to get further insight into their performances, ask questions and talk openly about their challenges and ambitions. NEW to 2022, these invaluable Platinum Sessions will now be split into 2 parts for each choir, working 1-2-1 with 2 workshop leaders at a time, giving choirs even more quality time together.

Close
  • 19:00

Close

* Platinum Ticket Holders only

All workshops and workshop leaders correct at time of press but subject to change