Association Of British Choral Directors

Emerging and Progressive courses - London 2019

Saturday 12th October 2019

10am - 5pm, 27th April, 28th April (Progressive only), 8th June, 13th July, 7th September, 12th & 13th October

Our Emerging Course will run in parallel with our Progressive Course in 2019, giving participants the opportunity to learn from a wide range of tutors, including Amy Bebbington, Katie Thomas, Peter Broadbent, Mark Sproson and Lucy Griffiths.

About the courses

The Emerging Course is designed for those who already have some experience in singing and/or conducting and will develop existing skills, enabling you to prepare your choir with greater confidence. The Progressive Course (previously known as Intermediate) is designed for those who work with a choir on a regular basis and wish to develop the technique they already have. There is also the option to take the DipABRSM exam at the end of the course for an additional cost, which can be discussed with tutors during the course. Progressive Course participants will also have the opportunity to work with a choir on the final session.


St Gabriel's, Pimlico and St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico. Both venues are near Victoria mainline station and between Victoria and Pimlico tube stations, making them easily accessible by public transport.

Find out more about the Emerging and Progressive Courses.


Emerging - £450 abcd members, £490 non-members; Progressive - £730 abcd members, £770 non-members

How to apply

Download the application form here and return as directed. Please note that we ask applicants to support their application with footage of them rehearsing a choir, roughly 10 - 15 minutes in length. Footage can be take on any mobile device, ideally placed within the choir facing the applicant.

Bursaries are now available for this course - see here for further details.

Observer places available for all dates - £35 abcd members, £45 non-members. Book your observer place online below.

How to book online

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