Programme for Sunday

August 26, 2018
  • 00:00
  • 09:00 Annual General Meeting of abcd
  • 09:45 Exhibition opens
  • 10:30 Session 7a: repertoire reading session

    Music for community choirs, with Charles MacDougall. A Convention highlight for many, these brilliant sessions introduce you to new music for all kinds of voice combinations, some published by the composers themselves. Your key to fresh music for your concerts next year.

  • 10:30 Session 7d: Meet the composer, Vytautas Miškinis

    Convention is honoured to welcome this amazingly prolific Lithuanian composer, with over 800 religious and secular works to his name, together with innumerable choral-competition prizes. As a highly-experienced conductor he knows how to make music practical as well as beautiful: his session gives an insight into how he achieves this.

  • 10:30 Session 7c: Bring back rehearsal sanity!

    Would you like your choir to sing in tune? With a full, resonant sound? Would you like the best vocal exercises? This session is for you! Co-Founder, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), Jonathan Griffith has decades' experience teaching young children, youths, teenagers, amateur, semi-professional, professional adults and older adults to become better musicians in rehearsals and performance. These proven techniques work in every rehearsal, making singers look forward to their practice time; every rehearsal becomes a learning experience.

  • 10:30 Session 7b: YAMSEN:SpeciallyMusic

    YAMSEN is the Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Educational Needs, dedicated to and expert in creating inclusive opportunities around music, with members comprising teachers, volunteers, artists, musicians, and other participants with and without additional needs. In this session, YAMSEN staff share 40 years of experience forming and running choirs for people with learning difficulties/additional needs, sharing their ethos and providing examples of best practice.

  • 11:30 Exhibition (tea and coffee)
  • 12:00 Session 8a: repertoire reading session

    Music for youth voices, with Joanna Tomlinson. A Convention highlight for many, these brilliant sessions introduce you to new music for all kinds of voice combinations, some published by the composers themselves. Your key to fresh music for your concerts next year.

  • 12:00 Session 8d: tuning the high performance choir

    With Michael Bonshor and Xenia Davis. This session introduces psychological concepts relating to group dynamics and social learning within group singing activities. It examines choral group dynamics and the role of the conductor in adult amateur choirs. Practical applications of evidence-based research will be demonstrated in interactive sections, encouraging participation in choral team-building exercises and singing as a group.

  • 12:00 Session 8b: conducting masterclass

    With singers from local Leeds adult choirs. Three conductors will receive 15-20 minutes' individual tuition, along with observer delegates, led by Frances Cooke. A wonderful chance to get first-hand tips from the Associate Director of the Hallé Choir. To receive more details, email Rachel Greaves. A panel will choose those fortunate enough to take part.

  • 12:00 Session 8c: Meet the choir, New Dublin Voices

    Find out more about our guest choir and sing some of their repertoire.

  • 13:00 Lunch and last chance for Exhibition
  • 14:30 Plenary - discover Ethel Smyth

    Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and recognised as one of the country's leading teachers of choral conducting, Neil Ferris brings Convention to a stupendous close by leading you in a performance of Ethel Smyth's glorious Mass in D.

  • 14:30 Exhibition Closes
  • 16:00 Tea and farewells