21 - 25 October 2020

Symposium & Workshops

Song Seeking Project
In partnership with Sing Ireland

Wednesday 23 October, 10am - 12pm
Great Hall, Ulster University Magee

How can singing help bring communities together and contribute to a sense of identity?

This year’s symposium will introduce findings from the Song Seeking Project, funded by Creative Ireland under the National Creativity Fund. It involved the creation of six intergenerational singing groups, working with choral facilitators and a composer, and was a cross-agency collaboration between Mary Immaculate College, Sing Ireland and the Irish Refugee Council. 

The presenters will include Dermot O’Callaghan, Sing Ireland, and Dónal Kearney, Fingal Academy of Music, both of whom were directly involved in the project.


Conducting Masterclass
Wednesday 23 October, 1pm - 3pm
Great Hall, Ulster University Magee

The masterclass will be led by Josep Vila i Casañas, one of the most recognised choral conductors in Catalonia and Spain, and Ulster University Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Shaun Ryan. The session will include discussions on choral training, conducting techniques, score preparation, repertoire selection and choir management.


Big Sing Workshops
St. Columb's Hall

Thursday 24 October - Primary Schools, led by Dr. Róisín Blunnie

Friday 25 October - Post-Primary Schools, led by SLIXS

Saturday 26 October - Open to all, led by SLIXS, 4.15pm


  • arts council
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Inner City Trust
  • Arts & Business
  • Tourism NI
  • City Hotel
  • Caldwell & Robinson
  • Airporter
  • Bishop’s Gate Hotel
  • Allstate
  • FinTru
  • Ulster University
  • Sing Ireland
  • Allegri
  • Contemporary Music Centre
  • CFN