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Friday 3rd April 2020

Vocal Workshop with John D'Arcy and HIVE Choir

Friday 2-3pm


Cost: £5

This interactive workshop led by John D’Arcy, director of HIVE Choir, will explore listening and vocalisation in a large group setting. You will participate in vocal improvisation and sound-games informed by practices in well-being and experimental music. 

John D’Arcy is an artist based in Belfast working with technologically mediated live performance, voice-based intermedia artwork, and site-specific storytelling and song-making. John lectures digital media at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. John currently directs HIVE Choir and co-ordinates Belfast-based sound art collective Umbrella.

HIVE Choir is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast that inherits its membership and approach from earlier projects emerging in the city - the Bird on a Wire ensemble and Belfast City Choir. HIVE Choir composes and performs new music using found text, verbal notation, graphic scores, improvisation and audio technologies. 

The workshop will be conducted mostly standing and may involve some movement.
Seating can be provided where necessary.
Wheelchair access is available. Please let us know about your access needs on signup

Places are limited (40) please book in advance.

PhD Symposium 

Friday 2-5pm


This symposium is for all those currently undertaking a PhD, those who are thinking about starting one, or who would just want to know more about what doing a PhD entails. The theme will echo that of the conference; we will look at how to build connections with other researchers and to link with the wider research community and environment. It will be an active, student focused workshop at which all PhD students are invited to give a very short summary of their project, and to describe who their collaborators are within this. There will be time to talk with others and discover the links and connections between you and your projects. The symposium will be supported by Catherine Carr and Helen Loth. 


Immersive Audio showcase at Sonic Lab

Friday 3.30-4.30pm


This is a FREE event

This relaxed seminar and concert will showcase current research projects emanating from the Sonic Arts Research Centre. With a focus on well-being, immersive sound and spatial audio, this showcase will demonstrate the world-leading sound system of the Sonic Lab at SARC.

You will hear sound compositions by SARC staff and students who explore soundscape, field recording, 360° audio and acoustic phenomena. One of these projects is a collection of permanent sound installations at the Northern Ireland Hospice, specifically designed for well-being of residents. 

Places are limited (80) please book in advance.


The Sonic Arts Research Centre

Since its founding in 2001, the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) has become a globally recognised institute for music-based practice and research, broadly conceived. SARC brings together researchers in composition, performance, musicology, computing for musical applications, acoustics and perception, sound recording, interaction design, broadcast, critical improvisation studies, sound art, aesthetics and media theory. A purpose designed building with a state-of-the-art Sonic Laboratory and multichannel studios was opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2004 during the Sonorities Festival, which is hosted biennially by SARC.

SARC is home to the world famous Sonic Laboratory. Often remarked as a 'cinema for the ear'. The Sonic Lab is a specialist acoustic space designed to provide a unique and exciting listening experience, in fact, the auditory equivalent of an IMAX cinema. Forty-eight loudspeakers, strategically located, will project and move sounds throughout the space, including underneath the audience. No other auditorium for sonic art performance and experimentation currently exists with this revolutionary feature. The provision of this facility gives Northern Ireland a unique and pioneering role in a rapidly developing field.


Opening Ceremony & Drinks Reception

Friday 3rd April, 6pm to 8pm

Belfast City HallBanqueting Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS

Belfast City Hall is the civic building of Belfast City Council located in Donegall Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It faces North and effectively divides the commercial and business areas of the city centre.
Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This was in recognition of Belfast's rapid expansion and thriving linen, ropemaking, shipbuilding and engineering industries. Construction began in 1898 under the supervision of architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and was completed in 1906. 

We are inviting you to this wonderful building for our Drinks Reception to mark the beginning of the Conference. There will be a few speeches, including a guest speaker and some light music. Please come together with your fellow music therapists for a glass of wine or two, to begin a full weekend of inspiration, networking and enjoyment. 

There is no charge for this event, but please book a place as a ticket is essential due to the guest list requirements of Belfast City Hall.


Saturday 4th April 2020

Music Therapy Lecture 

Saturday 4th April, 4.30 – 6pm (tbc)

Lecture Theatre, Queens University BelfastUniversity Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN

You are invited to the Music Therapy Charity public lecture at Queens University Belfast (Lecture Theatre) from 4.30-6.00pm on Saturday 4th April 2020. 

International speaker Professor Gro Trondalen from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway will deliver the Music Therapy Charity Tony Wigram Travelling Fellowship memorial lecture.

Gro Trondalen, PhD, MA-MT, Fellow of AMI, is Professor in Music Therapy and Senior researcher at the Centre for Research in Music and Health (CREMAH) at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She is an experienced music therapy clinician and supervisor in the field of child welfare and adult mental health and maintains a private practice in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). 


The title of the lecture is: Collaboration and Exchange in Music: an intersubjective perspective.

Professor Trondalen will be introduced by Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University, and Vice Chair of The Music Therapy Charity. The lecture falls in the 50th anniversary year of The Music Therapy Charity, and celebrates the long established work of the charity in supporting music therapy research.


Céilí & Gala Buffet

Saturday 4th April , 6.30 – 10pm (time tbc)

Whitla Hall, Queens University Belfast, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN

The Whitla Hall is located on the QUB campus adjacent to the Lanyard Building.

The Hall was built with a bequest from Sir William Whitla and was opened in December 1935.

We look forward to our Saturday night Céilí here this year. 

Arrival will be from 6.30pm at the Whitla Hall. The cost for this is £19.99 and will include wine, a buffet supper and an evening of traditional Irish dancing with a live band and caller. There will also be a bar where other refreshments will be available. 

Let’s make this a great night of dancing and merriment… Sláinte!