Virtual Choral Leaders' Festival

Friday 3rd September 2021

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 September

After the success of last year's first virtual Festival, we're looking forward to bringing you our second Festival, from 3-5 September.

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 singing.

Our weekend will include inspiration and practical help to continue to support choral leaders through this unprecedented time, as well as more general choral activity and the chance to interact with our Corporate member publishers, composers and more. The weekend will be divided up into short sections designed to avoid too much screen time and to be as flexible as possible for everyone.

Find out more - visit our Festival website, with the full timetable and details, or click 'book online now' at the bottom of this page to book your place.

Outline timetable

Friday 3 September

2pm Exhibition and resources open to delegates
4pm Networking opportunities with Corporate and Associate members
5.15pm - 6.15pm New repertoire for all from OUP and Hal Leonard
7.30pm-8.30pm plenary webinar with ensembles including Papagena

Saturday 4 September

Includes our education strand. See our festival website for more details.

10am - 11am choice of webinars
12pm - 1pm choice of webinars
2.15pm performances from youth choirs
3pm - 4pm choice of webinars
5pm - 6pm choice of webinars
6pm sector networking
6.45pm Performances from national youth choirs

Sunday 5 September

Includes our research strand. See our festival website for more details

10am - 11am choice of webinars
12pm - 1pm choice of webinars
2.30pm - 3.30pm choice of webinars
4pm - 5.15pm plenary webinar

Delegate and exhibitor rates

We have tried to make booking as flexible as possible: book for as little as half a day, or join us for the full festival! The more you attend, the better the value for money!

All places include unlimited access to our exclusive virtual goody bag of repertoire and exhibition resources.

Join us today and get our reduced member rates! Find out more about abcd membership here.


Full festival (Friday-Sunday):
Members £100, non-members £160

Friday evening:
Members £20, non-members £35

Half day rate (Saturday and Sunday, am or pm, per half day):
Members £25, non-members £40

Single day rate (Saturday or Sunday):
Members £45, non-members £75


Standard option
Includes a dedicated page to your organisation on our festival website, publicised throughout the weekend.
Members £40, non-members £60

Enhanced option
A dedicated page to your organisation on our festival website plus a 2'30'' advert which will be played each day of the festival.
Members £70, non-members £90

All these options are bookable online below; if you would like an invoice or want more details about exhibiting, do get in touch with us.

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
Sat 2nd Oct 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
Sun 3rd Oct 2021 - Fri 31st Dec 2021>