Choir Festival 2016

Join us for a choral extravaganza @ Dwight School London

  • Workshops & classes led by members of the London Community Gospel Choir and Dwight vocal teachers
  • Sectional and full choir rehearsals
  • Band rehearsals
  • Final showcase @ Dwight School London's Jubilee Hall

Be inspired and participate in a joint school choir led by top of the range vocalists , meet other students & make new friends!

Dwight London is a member of the international Dwight Family of schools with further campuses in New York, Shanghai, Seoul and Vancouver. We are located in Friern Barnet/North London and offer all three programmes of the International Baccalaureate from age 3-18. We are proud of our very lively and versatile arts department, with various concerts, shows and exhibitions throughout the year. Traditionally, our vocal faculty has always been a strong backbone of the music department, with accomplished vocalists such as Brigitte Beraha (highly rated voice within the European jazz scene/ The Guildhall School of Music & Drama) and professional singer Mari Wilson (‘Just what I always wanted’) offering our students inspiration, determination and all those tricks of the trade. With momentum gathered in local performances and also at the Global Dwight Schools’ Carnegie Hall concerts in New York City, the choir has become something of a trademark ensemble of Dwight London, gaining ever more popularity among our student body and school community. Some time ago we were able to establish links with the world-renowned London Community Gospel Choir whose director, Becky Thomas, is now in charge of our own Dwight Upper School Choir.

By using our links and connections to reach out to other schools in the local community and also to other international schools in London, we are now looking to host the first Dwight Choir Festival for Schools. The festival will run for three days in November with classes and rehearsals taking place at Dwight Jubilee Hall, and a final showcase planned at the Arts Depot in Finchley. This time, our main focus will be on a set of gospel/jazz/pop song arrangements, which we will learn, rehearse and eventually perform in the final concert. The festival is for students aged 11-18 and is open to any number of singers, from small groups and ensembles to regular school choirs. There will be no audition and even singers with little or no choir experience are welcome to join! What’s more, the chosen repertoire will offer opportunities to soloists to take the stage and shine in front of what will be a packed and enthusiastic audience. Classes and rehearsals will be conducted by members of our vocal faculty in cooperation with vocalists of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC). There will also be a chance for instrumentalists from participating schools to join the Dwight Jazz Band to accompany the choir.

Festival sessions:
Thursday, 17th November - 1.00pm - 3.30pm: Welcome @ Dwight Jubilee, followed by a full choir rehearsal
Friday, 18th November - 9.00am - 12.00pm: Classes on vocal technique, stage performance skills, choreography: jazz band rehearsal - 1.00pm - 3.30pm: Full choir rehearsal, followed by final showcase (7.00pm - 8.00pm).

As a relatively small school, we will not be able to provide lunch for everyone and would ask participating schools to bring packed lunches or use food outlets in the immediate neighbourhood during the lunch break hour on Friday and Saturday (before the concert).

Fee and deadline:
To ensure that all necessary arrangements will be in place, we need participating schools to register with us by no later than the 30th September 2016. We ask for a registration fee of £100 to secure your places, and as a small contribution towards our expenses. To register, please use the registration form here.

Please do not hesitate to contact jkraft@dwightlondon.org about any further details or to discuss any questions you may have.

We are very excited about this project, which will offer participating students a great opportunity to engage in a joint musical project, to extend their repertoire, learn new techniques and, last but not least, make new contacts and friends from other London schools.

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