Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Singing From the Same Hymn Sheet? The Role of Choirs and Collective Belonging






Singing From the Same Hymn Sheet? The Role of Choirs and

Collective Belonging





Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research Symposium


30th January 2015, Clarence Centre, London South Bank University




Free Event, Lunch and refreshments provided, All welcome, Register by contacting Dr Emily Falconer  falconee@lsbu.ac.uk

Symposium Programme





9.30am: Arrival, Tea, Coffee, Pastries


10-10.15am Dr Emily Falconer (Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research), Welcome and



10.15- 12.30pm Panel Session One (Chair and respondent: Dr Kerry Baker, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research)


Dr Emily Falconer and Professor Yvette Taylor (Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research)

Sounding Religious, Sounding Queer: The role of choirs for queer identifying religious youth


Ambrose Hogan (Institute of Education) Changes in Catholic practice: singing, repertoire, diversity and belonging


Friedlind Riedel (University of Gottingen) Divine Deviance: Atmospheres of Congregational



Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman (University of Winchester) Choral improvisation and community creation - Giving difference dignity


Dr Laryssa Whittaker (Royal Holloway) Congregational singing in the ‘Rainbow nation’:

Music and cultural integration in a post-apartheid South African Church


Professor David Gilbert and Natalie Hyacinth (Royal Holloway) Music, singing and creativity in suburban faith communities





12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch and breakout discussions





1.30pm-4.00 Panel Session Two (Chair and respondent:  Dr Yvonne Robinson, Weeks

Centre for Social and Policy research)


Rebecca Bramall (University of Brighton) Sing while you work: the rise of the choir in




Dr Kelvin Mason and Dr Peter North (University of Liverpool) Dr Gavin Brown (University of Leicester); Lotte Reimer and Jenny Patient (Campaign Choirs) Singing for our lives: The future life-histories of the street choirs

Dr Gavin Brown (University of Leicester) Rousing Solidarity: the practices of choral singing in

British anti-apartheid protests


Dr Eiluned Pearce (University of Oxford) Singing Together: Uncovering evolved mechanisms for community cohesion


Dr Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester) Community Choirs Go Viral: Reclaiming

Community through the Natural Voice and World Song


Professor Stephen Clift (Canterbury Christ Church University) Singing for health and wellbeing: theoretical perspectives and research evidence


Mark Porter (City University) In perfect harmony? Models of cohesion and divergence in musical collectives




4.00-4.15 Break




4.15- 5.30 Panel Session three (Chair and Respondent: Jill Wilkens, Weeks Centre for

Social and Policy Research)


Dominic Stichbury (Musical Director and Choir leader, Chaps Choir, London UK) Blokes or

Chaps?  Masculinity, class and power dynamics in all-male choirs in London


Diana Parkinson (Middlesex University) How gender affects community singing


Shilpa Shah (Musical director and Choir leader, My Hearts Sings, London UK) Women’s

Choirs: race, feminism and intersectionality


Anna Bull (Goldsmiths) The construction and experience of the gendered authority of the conductor in elite youth choirs in England.


Professor Graham Welch (Institute of Education) Singing Cities: Boys, gender and social inclusion





5.30-6pm Singing taster’ workshop: Dominic Stichbury


6pm Wine reception and video performance from the Chaps Choir, London, UK





This Symposium is a free event as part of the  Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research

Seminar Series 2014-2015


To attend, you must register by emailing Dr Emily Falconer,  falconee@lsbu.ac.uk


Chaps Choir, Photo by Paul Hudson