Association Of British Choral Directors

Emerging and Progressive courses - London 2019

Saturday 8th June 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

Initial Course Spring 2019 »
Sat 25th May 2019 - Sat 20th Jul 2019
27 April, 25 May, 22 June, 20 July 10am - 5pm, Junior School Hall, The Hall School, 69 Belsize Park, London NW3 4EH Led by Jo McNally and Lucy Griffiths. These courses consist of four day sessions spread over four months and are designed for those who are either new to choral conducting, or have conducted for a while and want to back
Greater Lincolnshire Young Conductors Course »
Sat 1st Jun 2019
6th April or 1st June, 10am - 4.30pm Frederick Gough School, Grange Lane South, Scunthorpe, DN16 3NG Led by Lucy Griffiths (6th April) and Jo McNally (1st June). In partnership with North Lincolnshire Music Hub, abcd is offering two separate days of conductor training for young musicians between the ages of 14 and 18. This is a
Greater Lincolnshire Leading Singing in Primary Schools »
Sat 1st Jun 2019
6th April and 1st June, 10am - 4.30pm Frederick Gough School, Grange Lane South, Scunthorpe, DN16 3NG Led by Jo McNally and Sue Hollingworth. Do you work in a primary school? Are you looking to encourage singing in your school and want to know where to start? Do you already have a choir and want to develop your vocal leadership skill