City of Derry International Choir Festival 2020

City of Derry International Choir Festival 2020

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 10.30am

City of Derry International Choir Festival
21–25 October 2020

A change of tune for 2020!

The City of Derry International Choir Festival is getting a digital make-over for its 2020 edition and has announced an exciting and diverse programme, taking place online this October 21–25.

See it all on Facebook, YouTube and derrychoirfest.com!

Full programme of events

WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER
10:30 – Lucinda Geoghegan Workshop
Join Kodály expert Lucinda Geoghegan on Wednesday 21 October for a webinar workshop focusing on delivery of the music curriculum in primary schools under the current Covid restrictions. Expect tips and ideas for non-contact games and rhymes for early years music education. Register now.
12:30 – Sing Joyfully Symposium
Join us for the Sing Joyfully symposium panel discussion, where we’ll explore how singers and the choral world are coping with the current circumstances of Covid-19. The panel, drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds including early years to third level education, singers, choral leaders, festival directors and medical practitioners, will discuss the implications of current guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and share their experiences of the many creative ways they have ensured that we can all continue to Sing Joyfully! 
19:00 - Amazing Grace 
This year’s festival opens with the young voices of school children from Derry, Strabane, Omagh and Donegal performing a virtual rendition of the powerful and stirring Amazing Grace.
20:00 - #DerryChoirFest Playback - Derry Welcomes the World, Part 1 
An exclusive mini-series featuring brand new festival footage through the years. Relive highlights from guest artists, international choirs, youth and community singing, from the inaugural festival in the 2013 City of Culture year, to the seventh edition in 2019.

THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER
12:00 - #DerryChoirFest Podcast, Ep. 1 with Ragnar Rasmussen
A five-part podcast series featuring special guests, including renowned choral directors Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) and Josep Vila i Casañas (Catalonia), local community choir director Siobhan Heaney, and contributions from Sing Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.
14:00 - #DerryChoirFest Playback - Guest Artists
18:00 - #DerryChoirFest Podcast, Ep. 2 with Josep Vila I Casañas
19:00 - A New Topography of Love
A World Premiere performance of brand new music by Northern Ireland composer Brian Irvine and writer/filmmaker John McIlduff from award-winning production company Dumbworld.  Featuring Derry chamber choir Codetta and the Beckmann Foundation Singers, Mexico.
 

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER
12:00 - #DerryChoirFest Podcast, Ep. 3 with Contemporary Music Centre
A five-part podcast series featuring special guests, including renowned choral directors Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) and Josep Vila i Casañas (Catalonia), local community choir director Siobhan Heaney, and contributions from Sing Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.
14:00 - #DerryChoirFest Playback – Young Voices
An exclusive mini-series featuring brand new festival footage through the years. Relive highlights from guest artists, international choirs, youth and community singing, from the inaugural festival in the 2013 City of Culture year, to the seventh edition in 2019.
19:00 - Ardú
Ireland’s premier a cappella vocal band, the award-winning Ardú, specialise in arranging well-known popular music for six singers, creating funky beats, rhythms, melody and harmony with only their voices. Join us for this exclusive concert recorded live from The Glassworks, Derry.

SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER
10:00 - Nigel Short Workshop
Nigel Short, director of Tenebrae, and one of the world’s most respected choral directors, leads a webinar workshop for singers on Saturday 24 October. Participants will have the opportunity to work on two choral works – My soul, there is a country from Songs of Farewell by Hubert Parry, and Versa est in luctum, by Alonso Lobo. This workshop is free, but places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Register now.
12:00 - #DerryChoirFest Podcast, Ep. 4 with Siobhan Heaney
five-part podcast series featuring special guests, including renowned choral directors Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) and Josep Vila i Casañas (Catalonia), local community choir director Siobhan Heaney, and contributions from Sing Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.
14:00 - #DerryChoirFest Playback – City of Song
An exclusive mini-series featuring brand new festival footage through the years. Relive highlights from guest artists, international choirs, youth and community singing, from the inaugural festival in the 2013 City of Culture year, to the seventh edition in 2019.
19:00 - Tenebrae 
Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. Join us for this very special concert recorded live and exclusively for the City of Derry International Choir Festival in St Stephen Walbrook Church, London. This event will be viewed on Eventbrite. Tickets are FREE BUT LIMITED. Get yours here.

SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER
12:00 - #DerryChoirFest Podcast, Ep. 5 with Sing Ireland
five-part podcast series featuring special guests, including renowned choral directors Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway) and Josep Vila i Casañas (Catalonia), local community choir director Siobhan Heaney, and contributions from Sing Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.
14:00 - #DerryChoirFest Playback – Derry Welcomes the World, Part 2
An exclusive mini-series featuring brand new festival footage through the years. Relive highlights from guest artists, international choirs, youth and community singing, from the inaugural festival in the 2013 City of Culture year, to the seventh edition in 2019.
18:30 – Bob Chilcott Workshop
19:00 – Danny Boy with Bob Chilcott and Global Virtual Choir
Join us for a virtual performance of the beloved Danny Boy, conducted by world-renowned choral director and composer Bob Chilcott! Sign up to take part, enjoy a preparatory workshop with Chilcott, then submit your own video recording to be a part of the closing night performance of this year’s Choir Festival! Sign up is now closed.

For further details on all events, visit https://derrychoirfest.com/

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