BIG SING- Saturday 4th May 12pm-1pm, Cork City Hall
Everybody has the opportunity to sing at the 65th Cork International Choral Festival. Come and take part in the 2019 Big Sing with Sing Ireland.
The Big Sing has always been a huge success but we hope to make the event even bigger and better by inviting you to join us in City Hall to be part of the experience. Don't stress, you don’t need to be able to sing, it’s simply about lending your voice and experiencing first-hand the enjoyment and sense of community that lies at the heart of choral singing.
This year the session will be led by the brilliant Ciarán Kelly, a member of the Ardú choir. Under his direction, you will work on a selection of a cappella warm ups and you will train to perform one main song: Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake – A Cappella!
The Big Sing is open to everyone and admission is FREE. Music and lyrics will be handed out on the day, and there’s no preparation necessary – just sing from, and for, the heart!
Singers from all backgrounds are welcome. And if you don'y want to sing, you can still come to listen to the performances.
We are looking forward to seeing you there !
More details about Ciarán Kelly here: https://www.corkchoral.ie/portfolio/2019-big-sing/
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE – Mary Shorten – WORKSHOP Friday 3rd May 5.15pm – 6.15pm: CIT Cork School of Music
Freedom, Flexibility and Ease in Performance.
Many singers and conductors experience excessive muscular effort in performance, which can greatly limit their ability to perform well. The Alexander Technique is a fascinating study of the relationship between thinking and movement. All human activity involves movement, whether it’s singing, conducting, playing an instrument, walking, running or engaging in simple everyday tasks.
FM Alexander, an Australian actor, began a life-long study of himself as he tried to find a solution to his vocal difficulties. What he discovered is relevant for us all. How we are thinking, as we carry out a movement, can have a profound influence on our ability to move easily, freely and efficiently.
This informative Introductory Lecture and Demonstration will introduce you to the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) approach to the Alexander Technique. You will learn some key concepts that you can apply immediately, to improve your mental and physical performance. By learning more about ourselves and the principles which govern all movement behaviour, we can greatly improve the quality of our performance, and greatly enhance the quality of our lives in general.
Mary Shorten has been involved in choral music for many years as a chorister, vocal tutor and conductor. In 2012, she graduated as an ITM Alexander Technique teacher, having studied with Don Weed, Head of ITM Training in Bristol. She is also an active trainer of teachers.
CHOIR VOICING – Kevin O’Carroll – WORKSHOP Saturday 4th May 10am – 11am: Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
The Choir Voicing workshop is a one-hour presentation held in an entertaining and collaborative atmosphere where the technique is demonstrated and explained using volunteers or a guest demonstration choir. All that is required is for choir members to change places! The purpose of the technique is to establish the optimum blend for any given group of singers. One of the country’s leading musicians, conductor David Brophy, has said of this technique “Having attended this absorbing presentation I’m fully convinced that all choirs should investigate the potential benefits of utilising this subtle and mysterious technique – they will be surprised at the results!” Applying the Choir Voicing technique is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the overall sound of your choir. Whether applied to a large amateur group of 120 or an 8-member professional choral ensemble, the technique is equally effective. Presented by Kevin O’Carroll, this demonstration has proved to be very popular with both national and international choirs. So much so that a presentation of the workshop has been requested every year since 2012. In addition to being a freelance conductor, adjudicator and provider of choral workshops, Kevin has researched the impact of standard modern music notation on the performance practice of Renaissance polyphony. In the process, he has devised the Phrased Notation System (PNS) which seeks to improve performance practice of choral music from the late Renaissance. In 2018 Kevin was awarded a PhD from the University of Limerick for his work in this area.
VOICE PRODUCTION – with Alan Leech – Saturday 4th May 1.30pm – 2.30pm: Doolan Room (Room 217), CIT Cork School of Music
Sing Ireland presents a Master Class in Vocal Production for singers in choirs and conductors
which will be led by an Alan Leech from Chamber Choir Ireland. Many choral singers request help with vocal production issues or need a refresher on the basics of healthy, natural singing technique, breath control and support and posture. Alan Leech is one of Ireland’s leading tenors and choral practitioners. He has been a member of Chamber Choir Ireland for the last 14 years, where he also facilitates their education projects. Alan also teaches Voice at an undergraduate level in St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. Working both as a professional singer and singing teacher is central to Alan’s significant contribution to the greater choral community in Ireland. He is also a tutor for the Irish Youth Choir. Alan’s extensive experience and abilities in the choir area have led to invitations from several bodies to develop choir programmes both with young and older people.