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
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.

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.

Morning Break
  • 11:15

Morning Break

WORKSHOP
Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright MBE

Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright MBE

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!

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
The A Cappella Orchestra with Emily Dickens

The A Cappella Orchestra with Emily Dickens

Explore the different vocal colours, techniques and instrumental sounds fundamental in creating exciting a cappella in this workshop with versatile soprano and musical director Emily Dickens. Learn how to underpin the ensemble as the bass, establish a groove, approach stylistic vocal percussion and harmonise with beautiful blend through interesting, challenging and fun arrangements. Expect to walk away singing!

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
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! Focussing on styles that range from Gospel through Soul and Reggae and beyond, this promises to be a high energy workshop that will be both inspirational and informative. You will be amazed at how much music can be made from scratch in such a short time.

Morning Break
  • 11:15

Morning Break

WORKSHOP
The Essential Toolkit for a Singer with Dan Ludford-Thomas

The Essential Toolkit for a Singer with Dan Ludford-Thomas

For any singer, aural skills are vital, the very basic way we can sing a song is by listening and repeating. Through this workshop we will work on exercises and games to strengthen the ear and help to translate this into reading at sight. Whether you are a ‘non-reader’ or a confident sight-singer, Dan will lead you through a class designed to get you started, or further develop your ear. Giving the less confident a boost and the confident strategies to develop further.

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
The Gospel Session with Bazil Meade MBE

The Gospel Session with Bazil Meade MBE

The Gospel Session Our patron, Bazil Meade MBE returns to give his inspiring and exhilarating gospel workshop. Learn the techniques and production skills needed to feel and perform gospel music.  Gospel comes from the soul, with its uplifting rhythms and spiritual meaning.  Bazil will take you on a journey whilst teaching you what it really means to sing gospel. 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