Contemporary scoring for children’s choirs
In this session writing new music for children will be discussed. Can music for basic children’s choirs contain more complex forms of tonality? And how do lyrics relate to scoring and discovering new ways to do so? Translations of some good practices by the composer will be presented during this session.
Hans Helsen (1989) is a Belgian music pedagogue, composer and singer, though choral music is what drives him and is present in all of his work. Hans composes for a variety of ensembles, but over time has developed a special affinity working with and writing for children’s choirs. He recently worked as a researcher at the KU Leuven on The Singing Sofa, a VOICE-project to help create awareness of Vocal Health in Young Choirs. Currently, Hans teaches composition at both the Music Academy in Lier and the Conservatory of Bruges. In 2015 he was awarded the European Award for Choral Composers.