ON CHORAL MUSIC
11-18 July 2020
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Symposium is for choral professionals. It’s for conductors, teachers and academics who run or work within established school and university choral programmes, and for those who lead and inspire chamber, civic, community and church choirs … from exacting, auditioned ensembles to willing groups of all-comers.
The Symposium is for singers – from trained vocalists who perform in top ensembles to ordinary choristers who enjoy singing at their own level but would like to broaden their horizons, or just see what other, excellent, choirs are doing.
The Symposium is for composers keen to see what choirs want and what they can achieve, for choral managers, administrators and accompanists who want to swap ideas with their peers … and of course for concertgoers – people who just want to consume a veritable banquet of varied
The Symposium is for anyone who loves choral music and wants to share that enthusiasm with many others who feel the same way. A WSCM doesn’t happen very often, so you can’t afford to miss it when it does!
The expression tangata whenua (literally “people of the land”) is the name the indigenous Maori of New Zealand use of themselves and a concept that sits at the heart of NZ culture. The tangata whenua are guardians of our natural resources, environment and sustainability – values and priorities shared by all New Zealanders, regardless of race.
In WSCM2020 we want to explore through choral music the relationship humans have with the land that supports them: the sense of identity they derive from it and the tensions that arise out of it. We believe this is a theme that touches all of us in some way, calling to mind such notions as family, nurture, identity, place, community, culture, celebration, nationalism, colonialism, dispossession, alienation, partnership, freedom, development, interconnectedness, environmentalism, urban living, the natural world, the seasons, stress and healing, beauty, nostalgia, utopia… to name but a few!