September 5, 2021
  • 10:00 Introduction to DONNE, the Daffodil Perspective and Multitude of Voyces

    Find out about three new initiatives in the choral world that seek to address gender inequality in choral programming and repertoire. Multitude of Voyces seeks to address this imbalance in their publishing of three sacred anthologies, presenting 63 women composers spanning 800 years of music, across three printed volumes. The Daffodil Perspective is the first ever gender balanced, racially equitable, inclusive classical music podcast/radio show in the world and DONNE is a charitable organisation whose main goal is to celebrate, advance, and amplify women in music. Join us for a fascinating discussion and an introduction into these three brilliant musical organisations! 

  • 10:00 Meet Eric Whitacre

    The American composer and conductor Eric Whitacre in conversation with Amy Bebbington earlier this year. Click here to browse all of Eric Whitacre's music on Musicroom. [Pre-recorded viewing]

  • 10:00 Using the 7 Principles for an Inclusive Recovery

    #WeShallNotBeRemoved is an intersectional UK Disability Arts Alliance formed as an emergency response to the pandemic, to advocate, to campaign and support D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners and organisations through and after Covid19. The Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts & Cultural Organisations working safely through COVID-19 is designed to complement the guidance documents issued by UK Governments and sector support organisations. Michèle Taylor will talk through why the 7 Principles are as important and relevant now as they were when they were first created in summer 2020 and explore the principles, looking at how they can be used as the basis for planning, policy and practice. If you'd like to share your thoughts and questions with Michèle in advance, please add this to the form at

  • 11:00 Break
  • 12:00 In conversation with Becky McGlade

    Composer Becky McGlade talks to OUP's Choral Promotion Specialist Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson about her life and compositions. A selection of Becky’s works will be played with scores to follow on screen. [Pre-recorded viewing]

  • 12:00 Indian Music Masterclass with Rakesh Joshi

    Find out more about Indian choral music with Rakesh Joshi. Rakesh is the Musical Director of the Indian Choir of England and the Indian Youth Choir of England. Discover Indian Music -Raga, rhythm and notation system, Indian vocal music, voice culture and singing techniques, Indian languages and choral music, and Vedic tradition in Indian music.

  • 12:00 Rediscovering the score with Nicholas Cleobury

    After the enforced break, can we look at the choral score with fresh eyes? Nicholas Cleobury uses a selection of a cappella mixed voice repertoire to consider efficient ways to prepare your score, plan your rehearsal and suggest useful ways to reinvigorate your singers. Repertoire will include Byrd Haec Dies, Stanford Beati quorum via, Joseph Phibbs Gaudeamus omnes and Judith Weir Ave Regina caelorum.

  • 13:00 Break
  • 14:30 A new song: church choirs

    Most church choirs were silenced during the pandemic, with potentially far reaching consequences. Professional London choirs were shut down, recruitment of young singers in the community has been made very difficult, older singers are nervous about returning, yet church choirs have risen to the challenge, making vital contributions to online worship and making the most of the space that church buildings offer. Our panel, which includes Hugh Morris, Director of the RSCM, Martin Seymour, Director of Music at Romsey Abbey, Emma Trounson, Director of Music at All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church, Loughborough, Roy Rashbrook, Vicars Choral at St Paul's Cathedral, and Tricia Rees-Jones, Music Director in a rural parish in the south west, will consider singing in churches large and small and look at how everyone can learn from each other.

  • 14:30 In conversation with Mat Wright, Barnsley Youth Choir

    An interview with Mat Wright, talking about their recent international summer festival and their plans for the future. [Pre-recorded viewing]

  • 14:30 Walton Music: Contemporary Choral Works

    Get to know the contemporary American choral music publisher Walton Music with Susan LaBarr, composer and choral editor, who joins us from Missouri. We’ll look at several new works and answer questions about our music and composers. Walton Music is one of the world’s leading choral music publishers. With a catalogue spanning over six decades and music from across the globe, Walton editions are performed by professional, community, school and church choirs worldwide. Walton Music is distributed exclusively by Hal Leonard Europe in the UK and Europe.

  • 15:30 Break
  • 16:00 Final plenary: the choral landscape of the future

    This time last year we asked ‘Where do we go from here?’. Having embraced technology, seen scientific research and more positive signs that singing would return, we were all hoping and expecting to get back to our choirs. Little did we realise how much longer the situation would continue and the battles we’d all face. Now, finally, many of us are looking forward to a new season. What have we learnt? Has the choral landscape changed for ever, or will we decide to put it all behind us? How are choirs and their leaders planning to go back? Does the UK's situation differ from other countries? Our final session tries to answer these questions, along with any queries delegates have about their own situation, with a discussion panel including Amy Bebbington, abcd staff, Mat Wright (Artistic Director, Barnsley Youth Choir), Barbara Eifler (Chief Executive, Making Music) and Dermot O'Callaghan (CEO, Sing Ireland and Vice-President, European Choral Association).