The sessions will offer ideas to improve technically and build confidence, including on specific topics such as rehearsal technique, vocal production, presentation and style – or provide general feedback through working on specific pieces selected by choirs in advance.
Choirs are welcome to attend with or without their conductor, and do not have to be represented by their full numbers. Plus, after the Workshop, choirs can stay on to watch the Choir of the Year audition session free of charge.
What does it cost?
What to expect
- The day will begin with introductions and warm-ups for the combined choirs.
- Each choir will work with the Workshop leader for up to 25 minutes. This gives choirs the chance to pick up tips from each other in terms of style and performance. Similar to a Choir of the Year audition, choirs will be asked to perform two short pieces of their choice to the wider group. (Choirs should bring their own accompanist if required).
- The Workshop leader will then work with the choir to develop skills and confidence, with the other choirs observing. Feedback can be given publicly or after the Workshop if preferred.
- The Workshop will end with a short Q&A involving all the choirs, the Workshop leader and an abcd representative.
- All choirs are then invited to attend the Choir of the Year audition session and audience workshop in the afternoon (evening in Glasgow).
- Saturday 19 March, 10.30-13.00, Warwick Arts Centre
- Sunday 17 April, 10.30-13.00, The Anvil, Basingstoke
- Sunday 24 April, 10.30-13.00, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
- Sunday 8 May, 10.30-13.00, Cambridge Corn Exchange
- Sunday 22 May, 10.30-13.00, The Sage Gateshead
- Saturday 28 May, 10.30-13.00, Portsmouth Guildhall
- Saturday 11 June, 16.00-18.30, Glasgow City Halls
- Sunday 12 June, 10.30-13.00, Alban Arena, St Albans
For more information and to register your choir for a Workshop visit the Choir of the Year website.