Inspiration and support for everyone leading singing, showcasing some of the best regional, national and international choirs.
Amongst a wide range of topics, strands this year include repertoire, conducting skills, Early Music and community and office-based choirs. Our ever-popular repertoire sessions will cover an even wider range of music, masterclasses will offer hands-on advice for Intermediate and Advanced level conductors and there will also be conducting sessions for those less-experienced or wanting a quick refresher. There are sessions on vocal technique, working with young singers, and new ideas from here and abroad on getting the best from your singers, whatever their age.
Internationally we welcome guests from the USA, Russia and Germany: Andy Beck and Jonathan Griffith, the Academic Students' Choir of the Ural Federal University, and Michael Reif respectively. From the UK the panel is wide and experienced, including Ian Chesworth, Robert Hollingworth, Maggie McDonald, Keith Orrell, Gitika Partington, Philip Stopford, Patrick Russill, Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Will Todd and Irina Walters.
We're delighted to welcome a Russian choir to Convention for the first time. Based in Ekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia, the choir is conducted by Svetlana Dolnikovskaya and includes students from throughout the university. It frequently performs in national and international contests, festivals and master-classes, winning 6 Grand-Prix, 17 gold prizes, 4 silver and 2 bronze prizes internationally.
This chamber choir is based at the University of York, conducted by Robert Hollingworth, who is also Anniversary Reader in the Music Department there, as well as of course being known as the founder and conductor of I Fagiolini. It performs music from the sixteenth century to the present day and tours widely, most recently to China.
This abcd regional initiative brings boys from across the region together to rehearse and perform music specially selected to allow for voice change, enabling boys to sing with confidence and be supported through the changes. Conducted by Ian Crawford and now in its fourth year, the choir was given the opportunity to sing in last year's BBC Proms, taking part in the War Horse Prom.
Our exhibition forms the hub of Convention, with the concert hall, dining area and session rooms all nearby, making it easy to browse, plan repertoire, tours, workshops, buy equipment and more.
A practical, hands-on course, in parallel with Convention, open to all aged 18 to 25 who do not currently earn their living from conducting.
Jo McNally and Keith Orrell lead this practical course looking at rehearsal and conducting techniques for all kinds of choir leader.
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