The Venue is proud to be once again hosting the ChoirWorx SINGING WORKSHOP FESTIVAL.
Building on running 11 years of Summer Music Festivals, this event is for singers and choirs from everywhere to come along and learn something uniquely different led by Ula Webber and Stuart Overington. This will be a unique and entertaining experience. Crossing boundaries between styles and cultures, and, performance, composition, improvisation, education, and entertainment!
A former “Outstanding” (Ofsted 2004) primary school teacher, Ula is a leading conductor, teacher trainer and workshop leader, whose work has taken her around the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong, Uganda, Ukraine, Thailand, China and New Zealand.
Ula is an expert in developing choral and classroom singing and has delivered singing strategies for Sandwell and Dudley Music Hubs. She has had a number of songs and arrangements published and is the Co-founder of music education organization Vocal.Point. Ula sings with the renowned choir Ex Cathedra and is one of their lead education vocal tutors. She co-created Ex Cathedra Education’s internationally acclaimed and award winning Singing Playgrounds project.
A trained choral conductor, Ula currently conducts CBSO SO Vocal (a 200-strong community choir run by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and the Birmingham City Council Choir (as featured in the 2013 BBC2 programme ‘The Choir’, with Gareth Malone). She is the founder and Musical Director of Echo Doliny (The National Polish folk choir) and the National Teachers’ Choir. Most recently Ula has taken on the role of conductor of the CBSO Children’s Chorus.
As Head of Events for the National Choral Organisation, Sing for Pleasure (SfP), Ula organises conducting and singing courses across the UK and abroad. She regularly tutors on SfP conductor training courses and is Course Director for their annual Summer School.
Ula guest conducts at national and international events and is regularly invited to lead singing, training, and corporate workshops for organisations including ABCD, BBC, G4S, Glyndebourne, NYCOS, Music Mark, Sing Up, Sistema Scotland, the UK Choir Festival and numerous Music Hubs across the UK.
Stuart Overington is an accomplished conductor, vocal animator and composer working between Manchester and London, UK. Having trained as a singer and conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music he is known for his engaging, informative and inclusive style and works with a wide and diverse range of ensembles.
Stuart has established and directed a number of junior, youth and community choirs across the country. He is currently the director of choirs at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Hallé Orchestra’s Youth Choirs director and Chethams School of Music Chamber choir as well as regularly running community choir workshops and events across the country.
In 2019 he also began working with the National Children’s Choir, leading their Green choir.
Stuarts diversity as a conductor is shown in his output Previous projects have included concerts with John Rutter, Stephen Bell, Sir Mark Elder, David Hill and Andrew Greenwood as well many performances for TV and Radio with bands such as Snow Patrol, C Duncan & Elbow. Forthcoming project include St Matthew Passion with Jonathan Peter Kenny & English Touring Opera, a number of concerts with RNCM Chamber choir and Edvard Grieg Kor across UK and Norway and numerous concerts with the Hallé Orchestra including Debussy’s Nocturnes with Sir Mark Elder.
Alongside his choral work, Stuart regularly works on music education projects for various companies including Royal Opera House, Opera North and the Voices Foundation. He is increasingly being recognised as a leader in the field of singing with children and young people.
Stuart is also an experienced composer and arranger writing pieces for junior and youth choirs. In 2015 the Hallé Orchestra and Children’s Choir premiered one of his works at the Bridgewater Hall and is regularly commissioned to write music for children and young people. A number of his songs will be published in the forthcoming book from Boosey & Hawkes’ best selling series Singing Sherlock.
Alan has directed choral and orchestral groups since he was in his teens. After training at the Royal College of Music he has followed a joint career in music and as a headteacher. He now directs several choirs, performs as a pianist, bassoonist, singer and conductor, and writes songs and musicals. He works with professional groups, community choirs and with children’s groups, as well as teaching privately at home in Mid Devon.