Spheres of Singing is a unique platform for interdisciplinary research and practice focussed on singing. The conference allowed for communication of research and practice between disciplines, and between academics and practitioners (choral conductors, community singing leaders, singing teachers, music teachers, music therapists, professional singers) through a wide range of talks, workshops and performances. Hosted on Zoom, the conference featured contributions from around the world, including: 45 presentations, 7 workshops, 6 open discussions and 4 lecture recitals.
Sessions included: singing and health and wellbeing, practice research, philosophies of song, musicology and historical recordings, non-human song, phonetics and voice production, teaching, conducting and vocal pedagogy, singing technique, opera, art song, inclusivity in singing, and virtual choirs.
Professor Emeritus Grenville Hancox – Hard wired for singing. A case for prescription (Keynote)
Professor David Howard – Voice pitch and choral tuning (Keynote)
Dr Emily Peasgood – Practice research in the Arts: Creating Collaborative Artworks in the Community (Doctoral training session)
Professor Janis Kelly, Chair of Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music – Vocal Masterclass
The Sixteen – Conducting and ensemble singing workshops
Outputs: We have prepared a series of blogs on organising a large online interdisciplinary music conference. This is the first of many outputs from our conference and we hope it will be useful for others in planning a similar event.