18 - 22 October 2023


We have SIX workshops at this year's Festival for you to enjoy!

Participation is free for all. Check out the details below...


Conducting Masterclass

Wednesday 19 October, Great Hall Magee, 12:30 - 14:30


Led by renowned choral director Ragnar Rasmussen (Norway), the conducting masterclass will include discussions on choral training, conducting techniques, score preparation, repertoire selection and choir management.

Guest choir: Ulster University Chamber Choir (Shaun Ryan, Director)

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Primary School Big Sing

Thursday 20 October, Millennium Forum, 10:00 - 13:00


Primary School Big Sing with Rachel Fisher

To include a brand new commission for young voices by Irish composer Anne-Marie O'Farrell

Post-Primary School Big Sing

Friday 21 October, Millennium Forum, 10:30 - 14:30


Post-Primary School Big Sing with guest artists Rajaton (Finland)

To include a brand new commission for youth voices by Irish composer Anne-Marie O'Farrell

Project Sparks Workshop

Saturday 22 October, The Playtrail, 11:00 - 12:00


This workshop, led by Derry community organisation Project Sparks, will be a maximally inclusive music extravaganza for young participants, who will be inspired to express themselves through singing, makaton and drumming. The event is open to families and children of all ages, but particularly age 7+.

Big Sing with Anders Edenroth

Saturday 22 October, Millennium Forum, 17:15 - 18:00


Big Sing Workshop with the legendary Anders Edenroth (The Real Group, Sweden)

A fun and entertaining workshop exploring the building blocks of successful choral singing, led by Anders Edenroth, former founding member of The Real Group (Sweden), one of the best vocal ensembles on the world a cappella stage.

Participation is free.

Community Big Sing

Sunday 23 October, Foyle Arena, 16:30 - 17:30


Community Big Sing with community choir leaders Carmel Whelan and Justine Nantale

Participation is open to all and free!

  • Lottery Funded arts council of Northern Ireland
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Arts and Business NI
  • Enkalon Foundation
  • Allstate
  • Alchemy
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board
  • Citi
  • Caldwell & Robinson
  • City Hotel
  • McGuinness Properties
  • FinTru
  • Bishops Gate Hotel
  • Contemporary Music Centre
  • Sing Ireland
  • Ulster University
  • CFN