Festival Schedule

the workshops

The 2019/20 festival features great workshops, lots of singing and
unrivalled learning from some of the best workshop leaders in the UK.

Chichester – Manchester – York – Exmouth – St Albans

UPCOMING EVENTS

Schedules for each event are shown below.  Please scroll across the events to see more events if available.

Manchester Day One
2020-02-08
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester High School for Girls
Registration image
09:00
Registration
Welcome / Introduction image
09:30
Welcome / Introduction
The Warm Up image
09:45 - 10:00
The Warm Up

The day kicks off with a stimulating mental and physical warm up given by one of our workshop leaders of the day.

The Essential Toolkit for a Singer with Dan Ludford-Thomas image
10:00 - 11:00
The Essential Toolkit for a Singer with Dan Ludford-Thomas

Aural Skills and Sight-Reading – The Essential Toolkit for a Singer

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.

The Essential Toolkit for a Singer with Dan Ludford-Thomas image
Dan Ludford-Thomas
Conductor, Chorus Master & Singing Teacher
Morning Break image
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Break
Choir Energisers with Ula Weber image
11:30 - 12:30
Choir Energisers with Ula Weber

Bored of doing breathing exercises and singing scales? Choir Energisers can be a fun and important addition to your choir rehearsal. Pick up new ideas for using rounds, layering songs and repertoire that develops independent singing as well as warming up the voice. Have a go at harmonising simple songs that can easily become great concert openers and choir favourites for years to come.

Choir Energisers with Ula Weber image
Ula Weber
Conductor, Teacher Trainer and Workshop Leader
The Drop In image
12:30 - 13:30
The Drop In

Attendees are welcome to drop in on our esteemed panel of workshop leaders to ask them any questions in an informal and personal environment.  Whether it be a simple vocal question or something more technical, our expert panel are here to chat.  Availability is limited to first come first served.

Lunch Break & Performance Rehearsal image
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break & Performance Rehearsal

A long lunch break to recharge and take on board the morning’s wealth of knowledge. Plus an opportunity for choirs to warm up and rehearse for their performance later in the day.

Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott image
14:00 - 14:10
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott image
Russell Scott
Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director
Performing Contemporary Rock & Pop Music with Craig Lees image
14:10 - 15:10
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!

Performing Contemporary Rock & Pop Music with Craig Lees image
Craig Lees
Vocal Coach, Choral Leader & Arranger
Mid-Afternoon Break image
15:10 - 15:30
Mid-Afternoon Break
The Gospel Session with Audrey Mattis image
15:30 - 16:30
The Gospel Session with Audrey Mattis

In this workshop you’ll learn about the history of the gospel choir sound as you sing authentic gospel songs. The workshop will be filled with opportunities to try out gospel specific vocal techniques that you can take away with you and continue to use back home with your choir.
The songs chosen will be exciting and motivational, encouraging all skill levels to join in using 3 part harmonies and hopefully even feature a couple of solos.

The Gospel Session with Audrey Mattis image
Audrey Mattis
Gospel Performer, Choir DIrector & Producer
Performance Session image
16:45 - 18:00
Performance Session

The opportunity to perform in front of each other and our amazing panel of workshop leaders in a non-competitive, supportive environment.  If performing, written constructive critique from the panel will be handed to the choir leaders at the end of the day.  Whether performing or not, this invaluable session is a great chance to watch and learn from other choirs.

Close / Platinum Sessions image
18:00 - 19:00
Close / Platinum Sessions

The end of the festival day. Those choirs with Platinum tickets will now have their opportunity of a 15 minute 1-2-1 Q & A session with the workshop leaders.

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Exact time of closing is dependent on final numbers of choir performing.  Times can vary from day to day.
Workshop leaders and timetable subject to change.