abcd Staff

General Secretary, Rachel Greaves

Contact Rachel for all general enquiries and queries, Monday to Friday, by email or on 01935 389482.

Rachel read Music at Oxford University and has since worked in arts administration, mainly in the world of music. After short spells working for Bolton Festival and as a sound and lighting technician in Bolton Town Hall (which has since turned out to be useful on many occasions!) she worked as Administrator for the East of England Orchestra (now Sinfonia Viva). After moving to the South West, Rachel worked as Events Officer for Chard Town Council, organising a wide range of activities in its Guildhall and managing a successful major Lottery bid for its refurbishment. Rachel has been abcd's General Secretary since 2000 and was its first member of staff - indeed until 2007 she was the only member of staff!

Rachel started singing in the local church choir at the age of 8 and went on to study cello, piano and organ, becoming a member of Bolton Youth Orchestra and a founder member of Bolton Youth Choir, before being awarded a choral scholarship by Keble College, Oxford. She has sung with Manchester Cathedral Cantata Choir and currently sings with (and chairs) Sherborne Chamber Choir, an auditioned choir of 45 members. She is very much involved in local music making: she helped set up Sherborne Festival Chorus in 2006, which involves over 100 members of the local community in an annual concert with orchestra in Sherborne Abbey Festival, and remains its Secretary; she is also Concerts Administrator for Sherborne Abbey. Though her cello playing is now very rusty, Rachel continues to play the organ regularly as Organist at St John the Evangelist, Milborne Port, where she also directs the choir.

Training Manager, Elisabeth Brierley

Contact Elisabeth for all enquiries about our training courses and events (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays only) by email or on 07805 454563.

Elisabeth graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015 with a BA Hons Music (First Class). Outside of her degree, she managed a music education charity, Music Plus and was also the founder of the Concert Pledge project, which was established in order to provide concert-going opportunities for primary school children at local state schools. Whilst at University Elisabeth was also the Musical Director of Magdalen College Orchestra and Choir as well as the Blackbird Leys Community Choir. Her music education and outreach work whilst at university led to her being presented with one of five Vice Chancellor's Social Impact Awards in 2015.

As well as working for abcd, Elisabeth is a member of the Opera North Education team. She is also the co-founder and conductor of an upper voice community choir, Saints' Singers. Until recently Elisabeth taught musicianship classes for a variety of ages at the North Lincolnshire Saturday Music Centre as well as teaching whole class music to primary school children with the North Lincolnshire Music Hub. She continues to develop her professional practice and is currently working towards an ABRSM conducting diploma. She holds the British Kodály Academy's Certificate of Professional Practice in the Kodály Concept of Music Education and this methodology informs all of her teaching. In Elisabeth's spare time, she performs with Lydian Chamber Choir as well as a Leeds - based ladies' barbershop chorus, The White Rosettes.

Officers

Membership Secretary

Carol Bowns

Contact Carol if you'd like to join abcd and have a query, or if you're a member and have a query about your membership.

Director of Training, Amy Bebbington

As Director of Training for abcd, Amy oversees and tutors on our extended courses and sits on our Advisory Council.

Amy is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought-after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, and her wealth of choral pedagogical experience.

Graduating with First Class Honours and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance (UK), Amy went on to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting, from Texas Tech University (USA).

Amy is a founder of the inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition, and sat on the jury of its inaugural event in 2018. She is also a co-founder of Wavelength, an organisation designed to celebrate and serve women in all areas of choral leadership. Amy is proud to have recently become a founding member of the International Choral Conducting Federation. Amy has taught choral conducting for The University of Cambridge, Sing Ireland, The Sherborne International Summer School, The Royal College of Organists, the Military Wives' Choral Association, the ISM and the Hallé Youth Choir. She has successfully established her own Choral Conducting Masterclass Series and has recently launched an online Choral Leadership and Pedagogy course (CLP). Amy has worked closely with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as Course Director, Musicianship Tutor and Guest Tutor.

Amy has performed in award-winning choirs and has had choral works published by Shawnee Press (USA), Banks Music Publications (UK) and Multitude of Voyces. She has had the pleasure of adjudicating for the Derry International Choral Festival, Choir of the Year, Music for Youth National Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival among many others. As a teacher trainer/animateur, she has worked for Trinity/Open University, Glyndebourne Education, Sing for Pleasure, Youth Music and Music of Life.

Amy is in great demand as a choral clinician, mentor and teacher, and is currently Musical Director for Harlequin Chamber Choir, Corra Sound, the RAM Undergraduate Choir, Holmbury Choral Society, Nota Bene and the Sir William Perkins's School Chamber Choir.

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