August 22, 2019
  • 14:00 Young Conductors’ Course - Session 1 Workshop Room 5
    With Lucy Griffiths
  • 14:45 Tea and exhibition
    Start the Festival with tea and take a first look round our extensive music-trade exhibition. It takes place throughout the weekend and is a great place to browse, get ideas, plan new repertoire, plan choir tours, book workshops, buy equipment and much more. All the major music publishers, music tour agents and many other specialists will be there.
  • 15:45 Plenary opening session: Mark de Lisser - Sing when you ain't winning Bradshaw Hall
    [Plenary] Our festival gets off to a lively start with choral director, vocal coach and arranger Mark de Lisser. Vocal coach on TV programmes such as The Voice, Pitch Battle and My Dementia Choir, Mark is also musical director of the award-winning ACM Gospel Choir and the founder of Singology Choirs. His arrangements are sung the world over and his series Sing Out is a best seller of modern popular choral arrangements. In 2018 he was asked to arrange Stand by me for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
  • 16:45 Plenary keynote: Paul Mealor - Music from the New Transcendental School Bradshaw Hall
    [Plenary] Composer Paul Mealor presents music from established and emerging American composers who form part of the new ‘transcendental school’ - choral music that is concerned with the soul, the sublime, the divine and the heavenly. He will lead a read through session on music by Ola Gjeilo, Elaine Hagenberg, Dan Forrest, Dominic DiOrio, Joseph M. Martin, Rollo Dilworth and Stacey Gibbs.
  • 17:45 Opening recital Bradshaw Hall
    A first chance to hear our visiting choir, the National Youth Choir of Hungary
  • 18:00 Networking meetings Various locations
    The opportunity to meet and network with others leading singers in the same field as you. Exchange problems and find solutions!
  • 18:45 Chair's Festival Reception Café
    Meet and greet other delegates over a glass of wine.
  • 19:15 Dinner Café
  • 20:30 Plenary singing session: John Rutter Bradshaw Hall
    [Plenary] After Festival drinks and dinner, join our President, composer and conductor John Rutter for an informal evening of singing.