Association Of British Choral Directors

Emerging and Progressive courses - London 2020

Saturday 6th June 2020

14th and 15th March
6th and 7th June
12th and 13th September

10am - 5pm

Led by Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Amy Bebbington

About the courses

Both courses take place over three weekends (six training days). 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.

Find out more about the Emerging and Progressive Courses.


St Gabriel's Church and Halls, Pimlico and The Junior School Hall, Belsize Park.


Emerging Course - £590 non- members, £560 abcd members

Progressive Course - £650 non-members, £620 abcd members

The deposit for both courses is £200, which can be paid online below. If you choose to pay for either course in full online, please note that your place is subject to the application process below.

Observer fee per day - £45 non-members, £35 abcd members

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

Instalment plans can be agreed when booking - please contact Elisabeth Brierley, the Training Manager, to discuss this further.

How to Apply

Conductors are asked to submit an application form and a short video of them working with their choir. Please click here to read the application video requirements. Do watch our example application videos for both Emerging and Progressive courses.

Please pay the course deposit below to secure a place, complete the booking form here, and submit your video via the form. Our Training Manager will be in touch with you shortly once your application has been reviewed by the course tutors.

Initial Course Spring 2020 »
Sat 21st Mar 2020 - Sat 4th Jul 2020
21st March, 25th April, 13th June and 4th July 2020 10am - 5pm, The Junior School Hall, The Hall School, 69 Belsize Park, London, NW3 4EH Led by Lucy Griffiths and Mark Jordan We're very sorry to have to postpone this course in light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation. We hope to reschedule the course in the not too distant future.
ABCD Gift Vouchers »
Fri 1st May 2020 - Thu 31st Dec 2020
A variety of gift vouchers for the conductor in your life - whether you want to give them the gift of abcd membership or help them pay for the cost of one of our courses, we have something for you! Vouchers are available for £20, £50 and £100, as well as for membership (price varies throughout the year, see here for more details) Once
Exclusive ABCD manuscript notebooks! »
Fri 1st May 2020 - Mon 1st Jun 2020
Our lovely manuscript notebooks were a big hit at our Festival. We have a limited supply available to purchase online (or call the office) at £7 (+£1.75 P&P). A5 in size, they combine lined pages and manuscript pages - they would make a unique gift for a musical friend. And they come with a free abcd pencil too!
Using o