Thursday, February 18, 2010

Festival 500 - 2011
On July 6th, 2011, Festival 500 Sharing the Voices will commence
another eight-day celebration of song in the historic city of St.
John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  With interactive
performances, workshops and masterclasses, the unsurpassed scenery,
culture and friendliness of our people make our Canadian province a
natural home for this internationally renowned non-competitive choral

Festival 500 is thrilled to announce the return of Finnish a cappella
ensemble RAJATON ( as our headline guest
vocal group.  They will be joined by a stellar roster of distinguished
guest clinicians including:

Grete Pedersen (Norway)
Kari Ala-Pöllänen (Finland)
Bob Chilcott (UK)
Fred Sjöberg (Sweden)

To see the full exciting line-up for 2011, please visit us at:

Many unique experiences await you at the 2011 Festival 500: World of
Music concerts, massed choirs, the academic symposium - The Phenomenon
of Singing, our Come Solo option for individual singers and the new
Professional Development Program for small ensembles, just to name a
few!  There is something for everyone (choirs and individuals alike)
at Festival 500!

For even more information on Festival 500 activities and how you can
get involved, just click on our website link above and download our

We encourage you to pass this news on to your friends and colleagues
and to consider being a part of Festival 500 in 2011.   We would be
happy to hear from you if you require additional information or have
any questions about Festival 500.

Let the power of song inspire you… come share your voice with us!

Contact us:

Festival 500 Sharing the Voices
PO Box 2333 Stn C
St. John's NL  A1C 6E6
Telephone:    709.738.6013
Fax:             709.738.6014

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

That’s the way I like it: A children’s guide to musical meaning, transmission and performance

A seminar by Professor Kathryn Marsh

5pm – 6pm Wednesday 24 February 2010, WLE Centre, Level 4, IoE

This session focuses on conveying children's perspectives and the importance of understanding what it is that children do with, and like about, music within a global environment that has increasingly enabled the proliferation of music from widely divergent cultural contexts. It will exemplify ways in which children receive, respond to, manage, appropriate, manipulate and generate a plethora of musical stimuli that permeate their world in the way that they (not adults) "like it". In doing so, they make aesthetic choices that demonstrate the cultural complexity of their musical world, drawing on the cultural, ethnic, religious and national contexts in which they live, and utilising various forms of technological media. Particular reference will be made to children's musical play in multi-ethnic settings, drawing on fieldwork from earlier studies, including those conducted in the UK, and on a current study of refugee and newly arrived migrant children in Australia.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Representations of the feminine in Mozart’s Operas

You are all very welcome to attend the next seminar in the IMR's "Directions in Musical Research" series: 11 February 2010, 5.00pm Room G35, Senate House (South Block), Malet Street, LONDON WC1E 7HU Charles Ford (IMR) Chair: Eric Clarke (Oxford) The thought of the European, and most especially, the Viennese Enlightenment, is implicit within the chords, melodies, rhythms and textures of Mozart's music for his operas with Da Ponte – Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. I will illustrate with recorded examples how the Enlightenment's understanding of sexuality -- identities, relationships and morality -- 'resounds' in this music. Women in these operas, apart from the soubrettes, are always distressed. They never sing out to the audience. Mozart's music revels in this distress, as I will show in one extraordinary recitativo accompagnato in Così fan tutte. Professor John Irving Director of The Institute of Musical Research

ULCC spring concert: friday 5th march 2010 - 19.30

britten - five flower songs
poulenc - four motets for the season of lent
stanford - the blue bird
pearsall - lay a garland
friday 5th march 2010 - 19.30
st george's, bloomsbury wc1
tickets available on the door (£9 / £4)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

International Council on Traditional Music : Ireland

The Irish Section of ICTM will be holding its 5th annual conference at  Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick on 26th-28th February 2010.

The ICTM is a global organisation associated with UNESCO, which  promotes the study and preservation of  ethnic musics of every kind. The Irish section provides a network and resources for the academic study of Irish traditional musics and for researchers investigating other musical traditions around the word.

Employing the broad theme "Ensembles/Playing Together", this conference will bring together over thirty contributors from all over Ireland, and from as far afield as Japan, Singapore and the United States. 

Their papers range from such topics as:  Sufi music and identity; the recording industry's creation of 'bands'; technology, music and personhood, and how Irish and Senegalese musicians work together, and the nostalgic role of Mexican music to American migrants.

A special panel will focus on the internal dynamics of Irish Flute and Drum bands on both sides of the border, and our Keynote Speaker will be Professor Tim Cooley, (University of California, Santa Barbara), former editor of the SEM Journal "" and Author of important research text "Shadows in the Field" (2008). His keynote address will be on the subject of Californian Surfing Culture and its Music.

He will be introduced by Professor Mícheál O'Súilleabháin (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick) at our keynote event to be held at the Georgian House, Pery Square at 6pm, Saturday 27th February.

All other proceedings will take place in the main building of Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road.

Attendance for the weekend conference for non-members of ICTM costs €40 (€30 for students).

A full programme of presentations, details of accomodation in the city and facilities for online registration are available at  HTTP://WWW.ICTM.IE

Specific queries about the conference or the ICTM should be directed to:

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Music Therapy Information Event for Professionals and Parents

A presentation about Music Therapy intervention at Early Years Children Centres

Key Speaker: Amalia Brightman MA Music Therapy

10 February 2010, 4.30-5.30pm

Venue: Chalkhill Community Centre (113 Chalkhill Road, Wembley, London, HA9 9FX)


Early Years Children Centre - Music Therapy Intervention


Early Years Multi Disciplinary Teams are learning to work and train together to support SEAL and personal growth. Dealing with children from birth to 5 years from diverse backgrounds and cultures and with differential learning needs remains a challenge. This case study presentation illustrates music therapy intervention in the context of an Early Years Children Centre, working collaboratively with Early Years Practitioners, parents and Early Learning Support Assistants.

I will be using a PowerPoint Presentation including video extracts from the sessions. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with 10-15 minutes for questions at the end.

Amalia Brightman, Music Therapist, MA Music Therapy in special education.

"Trained as a pianist at the Paris Conservatoire, I continued my musical studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London receiving a Music Degree in 1977. In 1996 I qualified as a music therapist and in 1998 I completed an MA in Developmental Music Therapy in Special Education. I am a State Registered Arts Therapist (HPC Registration No AS00178). Over the past twelve years I have worked as a senior music therapist for a community charity project in the Borough of Ealing in Children Centres, Primary and Secondary Special Schools and Language Base Units mainly with children with Developmental Delay, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Emotional/Behavioral and Attachment issues. I currently work in collaboration with Educational Social Workers, Speech & Language, Occupational Therapists and Post Adoption Agencies, integrating Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay and Expressive Arts Therapy. I am a tutor at Terapia, Children and Adolescents Counseling Training Course." / tel: 07939 443687