Music & Drama Education Expo 2019 – London

Tickets are free if registered in advance.

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Event Description

Music & Drama Education Expo is Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music and drama education.

Music & Drama Education Expo will return on 6 and 7 March 2019 for its 7th anniversary!

Over two days, the event will offer you the chance to attend over 80 seminars, workshops and debates, to meet and browse the services of over 150 exhibitors and to network with 2,500 of your peers. An essential experience for anyone working in music and drama education!


  • Over 80 professional development sessions, spanning panel debates, Q&As, practical workshops and seminars
  • The chance to learn from award-winning teachers, pedagogues and practitioners
  • Presentations from some of the biggest names in arts education and the wider arts industry
  • Performances showcasing young talent from across the UK
  • Fireside chats with leading artists and industry figures
  • A huge exhibition showcasing over 150 of the leading brands in the industry
  • Product launches and demonstrations from established companies and those new on the scene
  • Special offers and discounts exclusive to the show
  • Networking opportunities with 2,500 of the brightest minds in music and drama education from over 40 countries

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11 July 2020 To 18 July 2020

Once every three years, the world’s premier festival of choirs is held in a major city around the world. The World Symposium on Choral Music is the peak global event of the International Federation for Choral Music – its own ‘Olympics’ and world congress rolled into one.

Drawing together the leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators from all over the planet for a superlative experience of concerts, seminars and workshops, the Symposium has also come to be a public showcase for the best the choral world has to offer.

And for just the third time ever, the WSCM will be held in the Southern Hemisphere, in one of the most-loved tourism destinations in the world – New Zealand.

Recharge yourself, meet your fellow choral practitioners, hear and learn and experience new viewpoints and approaches and the work of some of the best choirs in the world.

24 of the world’s finest choirs

At WSCM2020 you can hear around 24 of the world’s finest choirs and over 30 distinguished choral practitioners in an eight-day ‘feast’ of concerts, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions. Surrounded by all that musical splendour and choral wisdom, you realise you don’t work in isolation but are part of an exciting global movement. You learn what’s ‘trending’ and return home full of inspiration and new ideas.

And if that’s not enough reason to come to WSCM2020, there’s the stunning host country to consider! New Zealand has a world-wide reputation for its clean, green and beautiful landscapes of mountains, countryside, lakes and beaches and its safe and friendly cities, delicious food, wine, coffee and craft beer! So there’s no better time to come!

Theme: People and the Land

The connection and tensions between people and land, between urban life and the natural world.

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!

It is a theme that we hope will be interpreted freely and with flair by participating choirs, encouraging them to draw from a broad range of repertoire and styles in their programming.

Who WSCM is 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 choral treats.

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!

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16 November 2018 To 25 November 2018

+44 (0) 20 7324 1880

The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world.

Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events.

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Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW, UK

13 December 2018

1:00 pm To 4:00 pm


Jennifer Raven is Programme Manager at Sound Connections and one aspect of her role is overseeing the organisation’s Youth Voice and Participation work, which centres around Wired4Music, the network for people age 16-25. She has delivered Youth Voice training to a range of Hubs, arts and heritage organisations and is regularly invited to speak on the topic at conferences. Previously, she worked for education charity Ark Schools and co-founded Fairbeats, a charity with a focus on music-making with young refugees and new migrant communities.

Lawrence Becko is a consultant and facilitator working with creative people and organisations. He has worked in the cultural sector for 15 years. He is a specialist in youth voice and participation, and has set up and delivered programmes for a diverse range of arts organisations, including Sound Connections, Roundhouse, Poet in the City and A New Direction, as well as a range of Music Education Hubs and Cultural Education Partnerships. He has extensive experience of diversity and inclusion across music, dance, theatre and visual arts. He is Chair of Fairbeats Music, a refugee charity, and former Vice Chair of Kinetika Bloco, a diverse-led, mixed ability youth carnival. His background is as a professional composer, songwriter and music producer. He mentors emerging artists and has a particular interest in well-being and personal development.

This stimulating training day will transform how you think about youth engagement.

What is youth voice? How can we involve young people in decision-making? What are the benefits of co-production with young people?

We will explain the core principles of Youth Voice & Participation and give you the practical skills to put them into action. You will discover how to give young people a say and empower them to take a lead.

We will explore:

– Youth voice in context: its origins, concepts and models

– Youth voice in practice: the tools, techniques and skills

– Embedding youth voice: ethics, ethos and organisational culture.

Through interactive activities, group work and knowledge-sharing, you will discover why youth voice is important, how it works and how you can successfully embed the approaches within your practice or organisation. The day is suited to both practitioners and those working within small or large organisations.

The session will be delivered by Sound Connections Programme Manager, Jennifer Raven and youth participation expert, Lawrence Becko.

Sound Connections is a champion for youth voice across the cultural sector. Over the last year, we’ve worked with a diverse range of arts organisations and music hubs to create youth voice strategies, develop young trustee initiatives and train teams in how to embed young people at the heart of what they do. We also run Wired4Music, our in-house youth leadership programme, which gives young people across London the opportunity to step up and shape their own musical futures.

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