Spring Webinars

Saturday 6th March 2021

Book now for our Spring 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, so you can choose whether to join us live or watch later at your leisure.

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.

6 March, 4 - 5.30pm: Dreaming and Transgressing: The Choral Commons as Radical Possibility with Emilie Amrein and André de Quadros

In this presentation, Emilie Amrein and André de Quadros will reflect on their experiences in the choral world, their longing for a choral world positioned for change based on justice and equity, and their vision for how The Choral Commons as a media initiative can provide a space for collective dreaming.

About The Choral Commons

The Choral Commons is an American-based media platform that provides a space for singing communities to realize the liberatory potential of the ensemble as a site of radical imagining. They promote equitable artistic and organizational practices that harness the positive social impacts of participatory music making for the common good and confront racism, poverty, ableism, LGBTQ+ discrimination, displacement, and much more.

Find out more about Emilie Amrein here, André de Quadros here or visit The Choral Commons website here.

13 March: Women in Music: Successes and Challenges

Panel: Dr. Kate Kennedy (Director of the Re:Dress Women Composer's Project), Gabriella di Laccio (Founder of DONNE: Women in Music), James Murphy (Chief Executive, Royal Philharmonic Society) and Cassie Raine (Co-Founder and joint CEO, PiPA - Parents & Carers in Performing Arts)

Hot on the heels of International Women's Day 2021 (8th March), this webinar will look at how much valuable work is being achieved to redress inequality within the performing arts industry, and how far we still have to go. Bringing together an influential panel consisting of dynamic advocates for women in all aspects of music-making, this platform seeks to identify the successes and challenges of women in music. In the first half of the webinar, we will hear from our esteemed panel; in the second half, we want to hear questions and comments from YOU!

27 March: Mini Masterworks: An exploration of four unaccompanied motets with Neil Ferris and Peter Broadbent

Peter Broadbent (Joyful Company of Singers) and Neil Ferris (BBC Symphony Chorus) will lead a webinar on four mini masterworks:

Discover (or re-discover!) four gems from the unaccompanied choral repertory. The session will include guidance on score preparation (music, text, language), rehearsal planning, and ideas for applying useful vocal technical techniques in rehearsal.

Find out more about Neil Ferris here and Peter Broadbent here.

10 April: Working with trans singers: practical approaches to musical inclusivity with CN Lester

How do you work with trans singers? Do trans voices require specialist knowledge and niche approaches? Or can trans singers be included in broader musical cultures using the musical and communicative tools we already possess? In this webinar, CN Lester, trans singer and singing teacher, explores the best ways to work with trans singers - not as musical outsiders, but as valued colleagues and students.

Find out more about CN Lester here.

24 April: Embedding musicianship into the choir rehearsal with Lucinda Geoghegan

Bringing the dots on the page to life: We have all worked with adults who have been in choirs for many years and have not yet been taught what the dots and lines on the score actually mean but reading music is a skill that should be available to all. This session aims to give musicianship ideas for your choir to help them safely enter the world of music literacy in a joyful way!

Summer Webinars
Book now for our Summer 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 four webinars, there is a discounted rate of £15. A link to join the webinar will be emailed to all participants on Friday afternoon, before the web
Sat 15th May 2021 - Sat 26th Jun 2021>
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
Mon 14th Jun 2021 - Tue 31st Aug 2021>
Virtual Choral Leaders' Festival
After the success of last year's first virtual Festival, we're looking forward to bringing you our second Festival, from 3-5 September. Put the dates in your diary now! Join us for workshops, webinars, our virtual exhibition and networking with colleagues and presenters from the UK and around the world, as we all plan our safe return to sing
Fri 3rd Sep 2021 - Sun 5th Sep 2021>