Leo sings!

8 partners from 5 European countries have joined together to work on a project whose objectives are sharing experience and mapping the diversity of individual and collective practices of singing throughout Europe, from childhood to adulthood.

Discovering, experimenting, documenting, recording diverse experiences including the study of multiple cultures and vocal training at all levels and with specific target groups (choral conductors, soloists / singers, singing teachers , …) in all styles, will enrich national vocal practices and enable the partners to learn from each other and promote a network of innovative practices.

In this way, networks and voice professionals (singing teachers, choir conducting, educators and trainers in choral conducting and coaching practices, …) will be able to cooperate for the first time at the European level on the complementarities between singing as a soloist and in ensembles; curriculums, repertoires,  education, skills, the employability of the singer, the mobility of artists and projects, and more generally, the place of singing in society.

The project also aims to enable new forms of cooperation and strengthen the links between the partners, but also more broadly with all the people and structures involved in vocal practice.

When: October 18th to 22nd 2014
Where: Tours, France

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17:00 – 18:00 Opening Session
18:30 – 20:00 Welcome dinner (buffet)
20:30 – 22:00 Concert of the National Youth Choir A Coeur Joie (conductor: Philippe Forget), Eglise Saint-Pierre Ville, Tours
9:00 – 9:45 Warm up (optional), three topics:
– Pop with Peder Karlsson
– Rythme with Jim Daus Hjernoe
– Vocal Games about French language with Erwan Jan
10:00 – 12:30 « World coffee »: exploration of the musical vocabulary in Europe
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:30 – 15:45 The choir vocal sound through the duet: voice teacher / conductor. With Philippe Forget and the National Youth Choir A Coeur Joie.
16:15 – 17:30 Ensemble techniques for rhythm, blend, intonation and phrasing and how these methods interact with group dynamics within the choir. With Peder Karlsson and the Maniwata choir
18:00 – 19:00 Long distance learning : demonstration with Adobe connect. With Jim Daus Hjernoe .
9:00 – 9:45 Warm up (optional), three topics:
– Pop with Peder Karlsson
– Voice and Gi Gong with Melanie Jackson
– Renaissance : dane and song with Denis Raisin Dadre
10:00 – 12:30 Performance design, 2nd part. With Astrid Vang Pedersen
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Hip hop and choir singing : Face to Face with Frangois Bazola (Consonnance Ensemble) and Abderzak Houmi (Cie Xpress)
15:15 – 16:15 Creation and interdisciplinarity – Young choir of the Petit faucheux with Erwan Jan
16:30 – 17:30 Cinema and choir singing : Ombres Vives and the choir choregraphy: La nuit devoilee with Loi’c Pierre (Mikrokosmos)
17:45 – 18:30 Theatrer and choir singing: « Monteverdi’s trial » with Denis Raisin Dadre (Doulce memoire).
9:00 – 9:45 Warm up (optional), three topics:
– Pop with Jim Daus Hjernoe
– Voice and Gi Gong with Melanie Jackson
– Vocal games « Tribute to Meredith Monk » with Loi’c Pierre
10:00 – 10:45 French & European vocal Networks
11:00 – 12:30 Folks songs and contemporary arrangements : exchange and singing between the partner’s knowledge
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Choir singing and social practices : introduction and challenges (moderator: Mission voix Alsace and FAR Normandie).
15:00 – 16:00 Workshops in parallel:
– Singing practices and disabled people
– Pratiques collective et publics empeches
– Singing in hospitals
16:15 – 16:45 Wrap up
17:00 – 18:00 Evaluation of the session
19:00 – 20:30 Farwell Dinner
21:00 – 22:00 La nuit devoilee. Concert of Mikrokosmos (conductor: Loi’c Pierre)
10:00 – 12:00 Choir conducting teaching in Europe : Presentation by each partner (plenum) & draft for a European guide (workshop)
12:00 End of the session: Cocktail and partners meeting.
Travel to Saint-Lo for Polyfollia festival (optional extra)
20:30 – 21:30 Concert: Niniwe (Germany) – Siete Palos (Venezuela)

– Festival’s professionnal day and evening gala concert (see polyfollia festival)