Choral Symposium at City of Derry International Choral Festival

The second City of Derry International Choral Festival takes place this October and organisers are now welcoming applications to participate in a practical conducting workshop as part of the festival's choral symposium activities.

A new addition to this year's festival, the Sing Joyfully! International Choral Symposium will take place on Wednesday 22nd October in association with the School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster. This one-day symposium will bring together a distinguished international panel of choral directors and leaders to discuss the importance of choral singing, and to explore different approaches to encouraging access, developing skills and providing an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all.

The symposium will feature presentations by Christopher Bell (National Youth Choir of Scotland), Shane Farrell (Ulster Youth Choir, N. Ireland), Harry Christophers (The Sixteen) and more; the launch of the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland's newest Choral Catalogue for Mixed Voices; and performances by local primary and post-primary schools and Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir, Norway.

The day will conclude with a practical workshop led by the Chair of the Adjudication Panel, Ragnar Rasmussen, Professor of Conducting in Tromsø University, Norway. This session will focus on the importance of gesture in conducting, with practical demonstrations by Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir. Applications are now open for participation, and the workshop is open to conductors of any level and any musical style. No advanced preparation is required and participation is free of charge.

For more information on the schedule of events and to download the application form, visit www.codichoral.com. The deadline for applications is Friday 26th September 2014. Those wishing to attend as an observer only are welcome and are also asked to complete the short application form for registration.

The City of Derry International Choral Festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages. School, local, national and international choirs are invited to take part in a five-day festival of competitions, concerts, pop-up performances and educational workshops.
The main venue for concerts, competitions and workshops will be St. Columb's Hall and the festival's Choral Trail will bring visiting choirs to city centre locations and wider community venues and parishes for pop-up performances and Sunday services.

Posted: Tue 09th September 2014

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