Programme for Sunday

September 6, 2020
  • 09:30 Welcome
  • 09:45 What does diversity mean in choral music?

    The session aims to look at the lack of racial diversity across the music sector; the pressing issues we need to consider in our own rehearsals, classrooms and in our repertoire choices; and the changes that we as musicians, music educators and conductors need to be making to confront the racial inequalities in our sector. Chaired by Manvinder Rattan, the panel will include Naveen Arles and Nate Holder.

  • 11:00 Break
  • 12:00 a. Singing and mental health

    How do we cope with mental health and well-being issues in our choirs? Singing is known to be a force for good and choirs bring people together to enjoy their company as well as the singing. Nicola Wydenbach will explain how she approaches the stigma of mental illness in her Mind and Soul Choir. As CEO of Making Music, Barbara Eiffler has been at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges for professional and amateur ensembles. She will talk about Making Music’s Adult Music Learning Manifesto and the barriers to adults accessing musical activities with a focus on singing.

  • 12:00 b. Cambiata in practice

    with Ian Crawford and Rachel Staunton, chaired by Martin Ashley. A perfect session for those who already work with cambiata (changing) voices, or those looking to start a cambiata choir. In this session, we’ll explore how to identify the different cambiata voice types and how to manage them safely in your choir. Presenters will share their repertoire recommendations, top tips for running fun and effective rehearsals and discuss their best recruitment strategies for keeping boys singing!

  • 13:00 Break
  • 14:00 a. Meet the composer - Philip Stopford in conversation

    British Composer Philip Stopford joins us live from New York and shares some of his compositions. Formerly Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral and Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral, Philip is now Director of Music at Christ Church, Bronxville, just outside New York City. Published by Hal Leonard, he continues to compose for choirs across the world including new settings of anthems, canticles and Christmas pieces. 

  • 14:00 b. New choir resources

    A look at online opportunities for choirs, conductors and individual singers. Including The Self-Isolation ChoirMy Choral Coach and Koor. Even before lockdown, technology for choirs was being developed and now has become an essential part of many of them singing. As we slowly work our way back to some live singing, these apps are still essential, whether it's to help live rehearsals, or keep our choirs singing whilst we can't meet in person. 

  • 15:00 Break
  • 16:00 Where do we go from here?

    Panel session on future after COVID-19.
    What is the latest guidance? What is the research showing us? Can we have ‘socially-distanced’ concerts? abcd Chair Leslie East leads a panel that includes Professor Martin Ashley, Making Music CEO Barbara Eifler and CEO of Music Mark, Bridget Whyte, plus a pre-recorded interview with ENT consultant Declan Costello, who is part of the team undertaking scientific research on aerosols and singing.