The Monday Warm-Up, Rise and Shine
Start the day with a thorough vocal warm-up to get your voice into shape for the weekend ahead. Whether you are part of a visiting choir, taking part in a later workshop, or just passing through, all will enjoy this uplifting work-out. Today’s session is led by leading vocal facilitators Suzi Zumpe and Lea Cornthwaite.
Lea Cornthwaite & Suzi Zumpe: Cries of London
The Monday Family Workshop
11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm
Using the early 'cries' of the London street traders as a starting point, join us to learn and share songs from neighbourhoods far and wide. Co-presented by two of London’s leading vocal animateurs, this workshop – repeated twice – is specifically aimed at children (aged 7 +) and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult-adults must be accompanied by a child!
£6 adults, £3 children.
Mary King: Concord of Sweet Sounds
Monday All-Day Workshop
11am-7pm (with performance at 6pm)
Level 5 Function Room
Exploring the theme of the power of music to bind communities, this day-long workshop looks at excerpts from pieces by Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Handel and Britten, leading to a performance in the Chorus festival finale event. Aimed at singers interested in exploring classical choral and vocal repertoire, an ability to read music is an advantage but not a prerequisite.
Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Mary King is one of the country’s leading vocal coaches, whose own singing career has encompassed opera, musical theatre, and chamber music.
The Festival Finale
Massed rehearsal, 5.15pm-5.45pm
Experience the debut performance of the Festival Finale Chorus in this informal and free concert, specially created for this festival and trained by Pete Churchill across the 3 days. Joining them are singers from the All-Day Workshop performing Vaughan Williams and much more.
There is also a guest appearance from The London Vocal Project, a 24-singer strong choir formed in 2008 from graduates of London conservatoires, whose range covers a huge breadth of genres, from jazz and popular music to gospel and groove.
There’s also the chance for other singers on site to add your voice to the performance by coming along to the free rehearsal at 5.15pm and learning one of the songs, to close the Chorus festival in true neighbourhood style.
Running parallel to the festival’s activities, the London Community Gospel Choir's programme of workshops runs from 11am to 4pm. To participate and for more information: www.30choirfestival.com