Saturday

August 26, 2017
  • 09:00 Exhibition Opens Opera Studio (AGOS)
  • 09:30 Sesssion 2e: The forgotten Scottish Renaissance Movement Room 1 (M1)

    Rebecca Tavener talks to Dr Elaine Moohan about her forthcoming edition of the complete extant works of Robert Johnson, one of Scottish Renaissance music’s mystery men, looking at his motets and service music due to be published by Musica Scotica Edition 2018.  Illustrated with recordings.

  • 09:30 Session 2a: Repertoire reading session - music for SAB Ledger Room

    Keith Orrell introduces newly published music specially designed for mixed voice choirs with limited forces, a situation that so many conductors find themselves in, whether permanently or when their regular singers are away.

  • 09:30 Session 2d:  Meet the choir - the Norwegian Student Choral Society Rehearsal Room 2 (R2)

    An opportunity to hear more from our Norwegian choir before they perform in our gala concert, watch them work with their conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg, and find out more about their repertoire. 

  • 09:30 Session 2c: Preparing your choir for competition Movement Room 3 (M3)

    Frikki Walker is an organist, conductor, singer, composer, broadcaster and teacher at Glasgow High School, where in 2013 he coached the Chamber Choir to win BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year. Find out how he did it, and how you should prepare your choir to do the same – if you have the courage! He will be joined in this panel session by Gillian Dibden and Mandy Miller, both experienced as trainers of choirs for competitions and on the other side of the platform as adjudicators.

  • 09:30 Session 2b: It’s always a Pussy-cat. A singer’s approach to choral conducting Stevenson Hall

    Based on his new book, singer, conductor and teacher Edward Caswell will explain and demonstrate how a singer's approach can transform the sound and enhance the expressiveness of any group of singers – partly by ‘stroking the notes’. If you'd like to start your new season with unexpected ideas and some radical rethinking, this session is not to be missed.

  • 10:45 Session 3b: Meet the composer - Sir James MacMillan Rehearsal Room 2 (R2)

    One of today’s most successful composers, Sir James’s musical language is suffused with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music. We are fortunate that he can be with us. In this session he talks to Rebecca Tavener particularly about his music written for the parish church.

  • 10:45 Session 3d: Repertoire reading session - music by exhibitor composers Ledger Room

    Discover a wide range of new repertoire for all voice combinations from our many composer exhibitors, who this year are all introducing their own works – a unique opportunity to try out new repertoire and know exactly what the composer intended. 

  • 10:45 Session 3c: The Scandinavian choral scene Movement Room 1 (M1)

    Modern Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish music is so rich and varied that it deserves to be far better known. Prolific Swedish composer Mårten Jansson chooses pieces that demonstrate the uniqueness of Scandinavian choral music, including pieces he has written to almost impossible deadlines!

  • 10:45 Session 3a: Kodály in upper Primary Movement Room 2 (M2)

    As Education Director for the NYCoS and a lecturer at the RCS, Lucinda Geoghegan specialises in the Kodály approach to children’s education. In a practical session aimed at those working with ages 7-11, she’ll show you how her innovative Kodály material really works to engage young musical minds – vitally important for the future of music–making. The session will focus on singing games, movement and rhythmic work with an emphasis on Kodály inspired music education, with insight into developing age appropriate musical skills.

  • 11:45 Exhibition (tea and coffee) Opera Studio (AGOS)
  • 12:15 Session 4a: Taxing music Movement Room 2 (M2)

    With Trevor Ford. Both accountant and hugely-experienced musician, Trevor runs an accountancy practice handling over three hundred freelance musicians’ tax affairs. To keep more of what you earn, make sure you come to his session. 1-1 sessions also possible.

  • 12:15 Session 4e: Young Conductors' Course - Session 2 Movement Room 3 (M3)

    With Amy Bebbington

  • 12:15 Session 4c: Advanced conducting masterclass Stevenson Hall

    Our Advanced level masterclass, with three conductors receiving 15-20 minutes’ individual tuition, along with observer delegates. Conductor, soloist and choral singer Edward Caswell has chosen three short, contrasting, pieces for conductors to prepare to work with members of the Glasgow Chamber Choir.

  • 12:15 Session 4b: Repertoire reading session - Sacred music Ledger Room

    Conductor of Cappella Nova, Strathclyde University Chamber Choir and the Scottish Plainsong Choir, Alan Tavener introduces newly published sacred repertoire, both liturgical and non-liturgical.

  • 12:15 Session 4d: Young voices - set the bar high! Movement Room 1 (M1)

    With Mandy Miller. Mandy founded Dunfermline Junior Chorus in 2005. It now has four choirs with over 130 young people aged six to seventeen. Vital in such phenomenal success is choice of repertoire that inspires such young people and – equally important – an inspiring way to prepare it. Her session will show you how it’s done.

  • 13:15 Lunch and Exhibition Jack Bruce Space and AGOS
  • 15:00 Session 5c: Taxing music Movement Room 3 (M3)

    With Trevor Ford. Both accountant and hugely-experienced musician, Trevor runs an accountancy practice handling over three hundred freelance musicians’ tax affairs. To keep more of what you earn, make sure you come to his session. 1-1 sessions also possible. Repeat of 4a.

  • 15:00 Session 5d: Taking Pop music seriously Movement Room 2 (M2)

    Ideas from Popchoir leader Helen Hampton. Many choirs now include at least some contemporary music in their repertoire, but with varying degrees of success. In this session, Helen will show you how to make pop music work for your choir, whatever their age group; how to avoid the common mistakes and give you hints and tips for making your choir sound chart-worthy.

  • 15:00 Session 5a: Intermediate conductors' masterclass Ledger Room

    Our Intermediate level masterclass, with three conductors receiving for 15-20 minutes’ individual tuition, along with observer delegates. Musical Director of the Liverpool Welsh Choral, the William Byrd Singers and abcd tutor Keith Orrell has chosen short, contrasting, pieces, sent out in advance, for the conductors to prepare to work with members of the Glasgow Chamber Choir.

  • 15:00 Session 5b: Rejuvenate your Voice Movement Room 1 (M1)

    With Wilma MacDougall. As we age, so do our voices and this often causes a lack of self-confidence. The good news is that vocal ageing can often be delayed.  Learn ways to keep your voice fit and healthy, and discover why singing can promote wellbeing and healthy ageing. The session includes warm up exercises (which can be used for personal or choral practice), technical help and general information on the ageing voice, exercises for aural training as one's hearing diminishes, how the use of text can help the ageing mind and general information.

  • 16:00 Exhibition (tea and coffee) Opera Studio (AGOS)
  • 16:30 Session 6c: Repertoire reading session - music for SATB Ledger Room

    Choral Director, composer and ex-King's Singer Jeremy Jackman leads delegates through new publications for SATB from our exhibitor publishers.

  • 16:30 Session 6e: Young Conductors' Course - Session 3 Movement Room 3 (M3)

    With Amy Bebbington

  • 16:30 Session 6d: Health and wellbeing through singing Movement Room 2 (M2)

    Teacher and professional mezzo Anne Lewis asks: imagine you'd been told as a child that you couldn't sing and discovering years later that you could make music after all! Get an insight into what happens in Anne's classes, what the participants expect and learn, and hear about the joyful music that emerges.

  • 16:30 Session 6b: Kodály in upper Primary Rehearsal Room 2 (R2)

    As Education Director for the NYCoS and a lecturer at the RCS, Lucinda Geoghegan specialises in the Kodály approach to children’s education. In a practical session aimed at those working with ages 7-11, she’ll show you how her innovative Kodály material really works to engage young musical minds – vitally important for the future of music–making. The session will focus on singing games, movement and rhythmic work with an emphasis on Kodály inspired music education, with insight into developing age appropriate musical skills. Repeat of 3a

  • 16:30 Session 6a: A healthy dose of plainsong! Movement Room 1 (M1)

    With Alan Tavener, conductor of the Scottish Plainsong Choir. Develop healthy singing practice in the context of Gregorian chant and unique plainchant from Celtic homelands, and appreciate its teaching and learning benefits for note-pitching and music-reading. In the process, enjoy a rewarding musical outcome and discover a repertoire that can enhance choral concert programming.

  • 17:30 Exhibition Opera Studio (AGOS)
  • 18:00 Exhibition closes
  • 18:00 Dinner Doubletree Hilton Hotel (Grand Ballroom)
  • 19:45 Gala Concert Stevenson Hall

    Featuring the Norwegian Student Choral Society (conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg), NYCoS Boys Choir (Changed Voice) (conductor Christopher Bell) and the RCS Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir (conductor Andrew Nunn).