Festival Schedule

the workshops

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

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

Chichester Day One
2019-02-16
Westbourne House School
Manchester Day One
2019-02-23
Manchester High School for Girls
York Day One
2019-05-25
St Olave's School
York Day Two
2019-05-26
St Olave's School
Westbourne House School
Manchester High School for Girls
St Olave's School
St Olave's School
Registration image
09:00
Registration
Welcome / Introduction image
09:30
Welcome / Introduction
The Warm Up image
09:40 - 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
The Musical Theatre Workshop with Russell Scott image
11:30 - 12:30
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
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 - 14:20
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
14:20 - 14:30
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott image
Russell Scott
Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director
Podium Time with Katie Thomas image
14:30 - 15:30
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.

Podium Time with Katie Thomas image
Katie Thomas
Conductor & Workshop Leader
Mid-Afternoon Break image
15:30 - 15:50
Mid-Afternoon Break
The Gospel Influence with Ken Burton image
15:50 - 16:50
The Gospel Influence with Ken Burton

The Gospel Influence

Ken Burton’s workshop combine education, inspiration and entertainment. The workshop will commence with a series of what he calls ‘rapid fire’ songs – short, infectious pieces to get everyone enthused – ranging from African pieces to gospel songs. These are followed by larger scale gospel or gospel influenced  pieces ranging from  enthusiastic songs with opportunities to improvise, to songs with more complex harmonies – both a cappella and accompanied. Participants will leave with a few more tools relating to accessing vocal range, pitting heart and finding meaning in songs,  exploring  vocal colours. The workshops are flexible and organic enough to adapt to the needs of the participants, regardless of experience.

The Gospel Influence with Ken Burton image
Ken Burton
Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Educator & Performer
Performance Session image
17:00 - 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
18:15 - 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.

Registration image
09:00
Registration
Welcome / Introduction image
09:30
Welcome / Introduction
The Warm Up image
09:40 - 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 A Cappella Orchestra with Emily Dickens image
10:00 - 11:00
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!

The A Cappella Orchestra with Emily Dickens image
Emily Dickens
Morning Break image
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Break
Sing From Your Soul with Mat Wright image
11:30 - 12:30
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
Teacher, Conductor, Composer and Arranger
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 - 14:20
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
14:20 - 14:30
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott image
Russell Scott
Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director
Vocal Health and Ensemble Singing with Dominic Ellis-Peckham image
14:30 - 15:30
Vocal Health and Ensemble Singing with Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Join internationally renowned conductor and choral specialist Dominic Ellis-Peckham for an innovative and inspirational session focusing on the critical area of healthy vocal practice and ensemble skills.

With a journey through Dominic’s ‘3 Magic Ingredients’ – honing and unearthing key technical aspects, working on specially selected topics from his critically acclaimed book ‘Inspire Your Choir: 100 Way To Raise The Bar’, as well as a chance to collectively share and discuss vocal terminology, enjoy some time dedicated to enhancing ensemble work (regardless of genre) and engage with new methods and supportive ideas to reignite confidence and leave you buzzing with renewed choral energy!

Vocal Health and Ensemble Singing with Dominic Ellis-Peckham image
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Conductor & Workshop Leader
Mid-Afternoon Break image
15:30 - 15:50
Mid-Afternoon Break
The Gospel Session with Carla Jane image
15:50 - 16:50
The Gospel Session with Carla Jane

Award winning vocalist and Choir director, Carla Jane will guide you on a journey to experience what it feels like to sing in a gospel choir.  This is an inspirational no holding back session, where strong vocals coupled with expressions from the heart are encouraged. 

The Gospel Session with Carla Jane image
Carla Jane
Vocalist & Choir Director
Performance Session image
17:00 - 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
18:15 - 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.

Registration image
09:00
Registration
Welcome / Introduction image
09:30
Welcome / Introduction
The Warm Up image
09:40 - 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.

Exploring the Techniques of A Cappella Singing with Richard Eteson image
10:00 - 11:00
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!

Exploring the Techniques of A Cappella Singing with Richard Eteson image
Richard Eteson
Singer & Workshop Leader
Morning Break image
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Break
The Musical Theatre Workshop with Russell Scott image
11:30 - 12:30
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
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 - 14:20
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
14:20 - 14:30
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott image
Russell Scott
Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director
The Gospel Session with Carla Jane image
14:30 - 15:30
The Gospel Session with Carla Jane

Award winning vocalist and Choir director, Carla Jane will guide you on a journey to experience what it feels like to sing in a gospel choir.  This is an inspirational no holding back session, where strong vocals coupled with expressions from the heart are encouraged. 

The Gospel Session with Carla Jane image
Carla Jane
Vocalist & Choir Director
Mid-Afternoon Break image
15:30 - 15:50
Mid-Afternoon Break
Gathering songs for Choirs with Ula Weber image
15:50 - 16:50
Gathering songs for Choirs with Ula Weber

Bored of doing breathing exercises and singing scales? Gathering songs 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.

Gathering songs for Choirs with Ula Weber image
Ula Weber
Conductor, Teacher Trainer and Workshop Leader
Performance Session image
17:00 - 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
18:15 - 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.

Registration image
09:00
Registration
Welcome / Introduction image
09:30
Welcome / Introduction
The Warm Up image
09:40 - 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.

Changing Choral Colour with James Davey image
10:00 - 11:00
Changing Choral Colour with James Davey

Changing Choral Colour

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.
Changing Choral Colour with James Davey image
James Davey
Morning Break image
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Break
The Heart of Pop with Ayo Oyerinde image
11:30 - 12:30
The Heart of Pop with Ayo Oyerinde

The Heart Of Pop

Let’s discover the heart embedded in some of the songs we know and love!

I’ll be taking a popular song from the radio that you may be used to hearing one way and we’ll make it perfect for a choir.

We’ll look at the elements required to make the sound we want and get our point across focussing on harmony, Tonality, breathing and more…

The Heart of Pop with Ayo Oyerinde image
Ayo Oyerinde
Creative & Music Director
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 - 14:20
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
14:20 - 14:30
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott
Post-Lunch Warm-Up with Russell Scott image
Russell Scott
Producer, Performance Coach & Musical Director
The Vocal Workout with Charles MacDougall image
14:30 - 15:30
The Vocal Workout with Charles MacDougall

The Vocal Workout

Award-winning singer and vocal coach Charles MacDougall will give you a full vocal work out addressing the core and satellite components of good singing technique. Jam-packed with technical advice all delivered through fun, energetic and engaging activities, this session will significantly increase your awareness and control of your instrument, providing tools for vocal development of the individual singer and ideas for effective vocal warm-ups for choirs and singers of all abilities. Charles will show that everyone, no matter their level of ability, can get to grips with the key elements behind classical training and improve their individual sound and the overall sound of their choirs.

The Vocal Workout with Charles MacDougall image
Charles MacDougall
Award Winning Tenor, Choral Animateur & Vocal Coach
Mid-Afternoon Break image
15:30 - 15:50
Mid-Afternoon Break
Jambo Afrika! With Steve Cook image
15:50 - 16:50
Jambo Afrika! With Steve Cook

Jambo Afrika!

Jambo Afrika! promises to get your feet tapping, heart pumping and voices jamming to some infectious African rhythms, chants and big harmonies.

Steve will introduce you to some exciting yet accessible African songs with driving beats, riotous rhythms, funky, syncopated syllables and crazy canons!

Add into the musical mix some ‘choirography’ in the form of South African ‘gumboot’ grooves and body percussion and you have a truly immersive experience!

Jambo Afrika! With Steve Cook image
Steve Cook
Teacher & Workshop Leader
Performance Session image
17:00 - 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
18:15 - 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.

Select date to see events.

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.