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Friday 20th April, 5.15pm

Saturday 21st April, 10am

Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music. Admission: FREE of charge

Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music. Admission: FREE of charge

Mary Shorten

Freedom, flexibility and ease in performance! The Alexander Technique is a fascinating study of the relationship between thinking and movement. Everything we do involves movement. Every activity whether it’s singing, conducting, playing an instrument, walking, running or engaging in simple everyday tasks, involves movement. FM Alexander, an Australian actor, in the process of finding a solution to his vocal difficulties began a life-long study of thinking in relation to movement. How we are thinking, as we carry out a movement, can have a profound influence on our ability to move easily, freely and efficiently. Many singers and conductors experience excessive muscular effort in performance, which can greatly interfere with their ability to perform well. This informative Introductory Lecture and Demonstration will introduce you to the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) approach to the Alexander Technique. You will learn some key concepts that you can apply immediately, to improve your mental and physical performance. By learning more about ourselves and the principles which govern all movement behaviour, we can greatly improve the quality of our performance, and greatly enhance the quality of our lives in general. Mary Shorten has been involved in choral music for many years as a chorister, vocal tutor and conductor. In 2012, she graduated as an ITM Alexander Technique teacher, having studied with Don Weed, Head of ITM Training in Bristol. Brought to you by


Kevin O’Carroll

The Choir Voicing workshop is a one-hour presentation held in an entertaining and collaborative atmosphere where the technique is demonstrated and explained using volunteers or a guest demonstration choir. All that is required is for choir members to change places! The purpose of the technique is to establish the optimum blend for any given group of singers. One of the country’s leading musicians, conductor David Brophy, has said of this technique “Having attended this absorbing presentation I’m fully convinced that all choirs should investigate the potential benefits of utilising this subtle and mysterious technique – they will be surprised at the results!” Applying the Choir Voicing technique is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the overall sound of your choir. Whether applied to a large amateur group of 120 or an 8-member professional choral ensemble, the technique is equally effective. Presented by Kevin O’Carroll, this demonstration has proved to be very popular with both national and international choirs. So much so that a presentation of the workshop has been requested every year since 2012. In addition to being a freelance conductor, adjudicator and provider of choral workshops, Kevin has researched the impact of standard modern music notation on the performance practice of Renaissance polyphony. In the process, he has devised the Phrased Notation System (PNS) which seeks to improve performance practice of choral music from the late Renaissance. In 2018 Kevin was awarded a PhD from the University of Limerick for his work in this area. Brought to you by

Cork International Choral Festival - 2018 Programme  
Cork International Choral Festival - 2018 Programme