20 - 24 October 2021

Reawakening Voices Community Programme

The Community Forum

Saturday 23 October, Zoom, 10am

The Community Forum, new to the Festival in 2021, is an online panel discussion dedicated to community singing. In this event, we will bring together local community choir leaders with healthcare professionals to discuss the theme of Recovery - how choirs could play a role in helping our communities to recover from the many lasting consequences (on our society, and on our health and wellbeing) of the pandemic.

Our panel includes choir directors who have a focus on using music and singing to help people cope, whether it’s with learning disabilities, cancer, mental health problems, or children living with the Donegal Mica crisis: Siobhan Heaney (Momentum, Pink Ladies, NW Cancer Centre Choir, Song for the Soul and Sing Tonicity), Margarette McNamee (Tuned In, Local Vocal and St. Eugene’s Cathedral Folk Group) and Bernie Doherty (The Music Box, Buncrana).

Our healthcare panellists are Dr. Emma O Brien (Head of Music Therapy at Royal Melbourne Hospital and leader of the Scrubs Choir), Bronagh Cooper (SPRING Social Prescribing Coordinator, Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum) and Joe McEvoy (Derry GP).

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Let's Just Sing!

Saturday 23 October, Foyle Arena, 4.30pm

Have you missed singing with others in your choir since the pandemic hit in 2020? Have you always wanted to join a choir, but never had the opportunity, or perhaps the confidence? Let’s Just Sing could be the event for you.

Local and visiting singers of all levels of experience are invited to join us for a Community Sing, led by some of the Festival’s best known community choir leaders, including Siobhan Heaney (Momentum, Pink Ladies, NW Cancer Centre Choir, Song for the Soul and Sing Tonicity). You don’t need to prepare anything, just come along and join in, as we workshop and sing well known songs together, including Stand by MeSomething Inside So Strong and Sing A Song.

Everyone is welcome: we’re all starting again in 2021! Limited capacity.

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Hymns of Remembrance and Hope

Saturday 23 October, St. Eugene's Cathedral, 9pm

In this special hymn service at St. Eugene's Cathedral we reflect on what our communities have come through since March 2020 by joining together to sing as a congregation. 

Representatives from the city's churches will lead us in prayer as we commemorate those who have died during the pandemic, honour the dedication of front line workers and the resilience of our own communities, and look forward with hope to our recovery and reawakening. All are welcome, limited capacity. 

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Choral Trails

22 - 24 October, Various Venues

Fri 22 Oct
10:00: Tuned In, Ardnashee/Playtrail
14:00: Pink Ladies, Foyleside Shopping Centre

Sat 23 Oct
11:00: Codetta & Kim Vaughan, St. Columb’s Cathedral
11:30: Mood Swings, The Sandwich Co.
13:00: Mood Swings, City Walls – Echo Echo
14:00: Momentum Community Choir, Sainsbury’s
15:20: Momentum Community Choir, Northwest Transport Hub

Sun 24 Oct
11:50: Inishowen Gospel Choir, City Walls - St Augustine's
13:20: Inishowen Gospel Choir, Northwest Transport Hub

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  • Lottery Funded arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Inner City Trust
  • arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Enkalon Foundation
  • The Community Foundation
  • Colmcille 1500
  • Department for Communities
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board
  • Discover Northern Ireland
  • Caldwell & Robinson
  • Allstate
  • FinTru
  • Ulster University
  • Sing Ireland
  • Contemporary Music Centre
  • CFN