Workshops for those who lead Liturgical Music Ministry

Two new Liturgical Music initiatives are taking place in the Diocese during October and November.

  • On October 16th, a workshop on Accompaniment will take place in the Cathedral of the Most Trinity, Waterford, beginning at 11.30am.
  • On November 20th, a workshop on Conducting will take place in St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford, beginning at 10.30am.

 

Support the singing!  Organ accompaniment tips and techniques  –  October 16th
This workshop is for organists, and those who find themselves having to play the organ(!), and who would like advice on good practice in accompaniment.  David Forde will explore how to accompany hymns effectively, how to manage the organ, with tips and idea for get the most from your playing.  Participants will get to play, to listen, watch and observe, and of course to ask as many questions about accompanying as they want.   Expect a supportive, encouraging, and lively workshop.

This workshop is suitable for organists at all stages, and for pianists who find themselves playing organ.  For churches where there is no organist, if you have a pianist who would like to take the task on, they can be assured of a warm welcome too. 

FAQs:            Will I get to play?

Yes!  (and, does it matter if I make mistakes? – No, not at all!)

Do I need to bring music? 

Yes, but you won’t be expected to play at sight – please bring a hymn you are comfortable playing

For:                Organists, and those finding themselves asked to play the organ

Duration:     Three-hour workshop

Locations:    Waterford City – Cathedral

Capacity:      up to 8 participants per workshop

 

Direct the singing!  Conducting tips and techniques –  November 20th

This workshop is for music leaders, choir directors, and those who find themselves having to lead music in church!  David Forde will explore how to process of effective direction, how to conduct and how to get the best from singers and musicians.  Participants will get to conduct, to listen, watch and observe, and of course to ask as many questions about directing as they want.   Expect a supportive, encouraging, and lively workshop where the sometimes-daunting task of conducting is unpacked, and tips and advice are shared.

This workshop is suitable for conductors and directors at all levels – participants will sing and practice conducting skills together, with time for each person to have some personal guidance and advice.

 

FAQs:            Will I get to conduct?

Yes!  (and, does it matter if I make mistakes? – No, not at all!)

Do I need music? 

No, it will be provided, but you won’t be expected to sing or conduct at sight – we will work with very well-known hymns and music.

For:                Music Directors at all levels

Duration:     Three-hour workshop

Locations:    Pastoral Centre, Waterford City

Capacity:      up to 10 participants, and room for observers (who will also join in the singing!)

 

David Forde is Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford.  David is known for his great skill in bringing out the best from musicians at all levels, and for his supportive, positive and enthusiastic approach.  A Masters graduate in Choral Conducting, David draws on his wide-ranging experience as a musician and educator, and he many years’ work with both amateur and professional church musicians.