Winter Webinars

Saturday 23rd January 2021

Book now for our 2021 webinar series!

All webinars take place on Saturdays from 11:00 - 12:30, unless otherwise stated.

There is a small fee of £5 for each webinar or if you book for all five webinars, there is a discounted rate of £20. A link to join the webinar will be emailed to all participants on Friday afternoon, before the webinar on Saturday morning. N.B. If you book on Friday evening, we will send you the link on Saturday morning.

All webinars will be recorded and a copy of this recording will be sent out to all participants who have booked.

If you don't receive a link by 30 minutes before a webinar (it's worth checking your spam folder), do get in touch with us.

9 January: Vocal Excellence in an Online World with Jordan Travis

Learn best practices for vocal health, teaching/learning singing skills, strategies for vocal improvement, and keeping singers motivated and engaged all online.

Find out more about Jordan Travis here.

23 January: 'Multitude of Voyces' Anthology of Sacred Music by Women Composers: diversifying the repertoire for today's choirs

Please note that this webinar will begin at 10.40am with a twenty minute playlist of informal recordings and videos of works from the Anthology. The webinar discussion will then begin at 11am.

The webinar will introduce the work of Multitude of Voyces, (MoV) a registered non-profit organisation which supports underrepresented, vulnerable and marginalised communities through the creative use of music and words. The webinar will provide a brief overview of our projects and will focus on our anthology series Sacred Music by Women Composers. For full details of the webinar and contributors, please click here.

To find out more about the Anthologies and to purchase copies, please visit the Multitude of Voyces website here.

30 January: Navigating performance licenses for amateur choirs

Our expert panel looks at the many queries surrounding licensing for choral music and online streaming, including a Q&A session. Panellists include Luca Balbo, Licensing & Copyright Administrator, Hal Leonard Europe), James Eggleston (Vice-President, Publishing, Boosey and Hawkes), Tim Ruffer (Head of Publishing, RSCM) and Simon Wright (Head of Rights & Contracts, Music, Oxford University Press). Please do submit questions in advance of the webinar!

6 February: Gesture and Metaphor: How do singers know what we mean? with Liz Garnett

How do singers know what we mean? How do formal conducting patterns relate to intuitively-felt musical shape? This webinar draws on the research behind Choral Conducting and the Construction of Meaning (2009) to offer a practical exploration of how physical gestures become musically meaningful, along with ideas to use in rehearsal to strengthen the communicative bond between conductor and singers.

Find out more about Liz Garnett here or visit her website here.

20 February: Singing Side by Side: Supporting Mental Health Inclusive Choirs

Singing Side by Side is a research project which aims to support mental health inclusive choirs which promote both wellbeing and the best group singing experiences "side-by-side" and will research the current experiences, needs and practice in the community through surveys, consultations and an action research programme.

In this webinar, the research team will be presenting a summary of preliminary findings including their systematic review and online survey. Find out more about the project here.

Rediscovering Tallis with ORA Singers
Online score study afternoon
1 - 6.15pm, Zoom Join ORA Singers, their Artistic Director and founder Suzi Digby, composers Richard Allain, Ken Burton and Kerry Andrew, and Tallis scholar Professor Owen Rees, for a fascinating series of discussions about Thomas Tallis and ORA Singers' specially commissioned works from today's top compo
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Webinar Library
Since May 2020, abcd has hosted webinars and panel discussions on a wide range of choral topics. These webinars were recorded and are now accessible as an invaluable bank of resources for choral directors. For a fee of £5 per webinar, you'll receive a link to the recording and access to any additional materials. abcd members: webinars 1 - 1
Sun 3rd Oct 2021 - Fri 31st Dec 2021>