Festival Schedule

the workshops

The 2020 festival features great workshops, lots of singing and
unrivalled learning from some of the best workshop leaders in the UK.

Manchester ~ Brighton ~ York ~ Harrow


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

Roedean School
Roedean School
Registration image
Welcome / Introduction image
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 Musical Theatre Workshop with Russell Scott image
10:00 - 11:00
The Musical Theatre Workshop with Russell Scott

The Musical Theatre Workshop

Following great demand to feature ‘songs from the shows’, musical theatre professional, Russell Scott, brings this engaging workshop to this year’s festival.

With over 35years experience in the musical theatre world, Russell Scott will be exploring the musical theatre genre with some classic music to sing and enjoy. The workshop will also look at performance technique, vocal tone and production.

The Musical Theatre Workshop with Russell Scott image
Russell Scott
Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director
Morning Break image
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Break
The Gospel Soul Session with Stephanie Oyerinde image
11:30 - 12:30
The Gospel Soul Session with Stephanie Oyerinde

The Soul & Gospel Session

Bringing out the true essence of Gospel singing which can be applied to any genre. This workshop will aim to bring out the soul in your voice focusing on connection and singing with feeling, vibrato, Rhythm and timing
Tone and texture to create a warm choir sound, Movement and performance.

This workshop focuses on the techniques and knowhow of working on soul and gospel material including:
– Rhythm and timing
– Tone and texture to create a warm choir sound
– Singing with feeling
– Movement and performance


Join the sensational Stephanie Oyerinde for a workshop which will get you singing ‘in the soul & gospel groove’.

The Gospel Soul Session with Stephanie Oyerinde image
Stephanie Oyerinde
Pop Vocalist & 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 image
14:00 - 14:10
Post-Lunch Warm-Up
Everything ‘a Cappella’ with Jamie Wright image
14:10 - 15:10
Everything ‘a Cappella’ with Jamie Wright

How do you make a compelling performance when the only accompaniment you have is yourselves?

Dive into the methods and techniques used by a cappella ensembles to create engaging music with only their voices.

In this session you will explore everything from the fundamentals of the musicianship needed to perform unaccompanied, vocal percussion (beatboxing), improvisation and mash-ups. Learn how you can apply these techniques and approaches to any piece of music to make it your own.

Whether you are a seasoned aca-pro or completely new to a cappella music this exciting session will have something for everyone.

Everything ‘a Cappella’ with Jamie Wright image
Jamie Wright
Singer, Vocal Coach & Conductor
Mid-Afternoon Break image
15:10 - 15:30
Mid-Afternoon Break
Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright image
15:30 - 16:30
Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright

Sing From Your Soul

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!

Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright image
Mat Wright MBE
Teacher, Conductor, Composer and Arranger
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.