32nd Annual Convention, 25-27 August 2017

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Inspiration and support for everyone leading singing -
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For only the second time in abcd's history, Convention goes to Scotland, to the vibrant city of Glasgow, where we are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to offer a broad range of choices for choral leaders, both from Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad. As well as the regular sessions on technique, repertoire, and the voice, the key thread running through the weekend will be diversity and unity.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a national and international centre of excellence for performing arts education. Built in 1847 as a national academy of music, it is now one of the world's most multi-disciplinary conservatoires, offering specialised and intensive teaching in dance, drama, music, production and screen. Currently, more than 1000 students are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at RCS and it also teaches over 2000 part-time learners each year through its Junior Conservatoire and Lifelong Learning department.

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Choirs, presenters and sessions

  • We shall be delighted to welcome some of today's leading composers from north and south of the border, including Sir James MacMillan, Paul Mealor and Will Todd
  • The ever-popular repertoire reading sessions, with all the latest music from our exhibitor publishers and composers, including music for SATB, church choirs, upper voices and SAB.
  • The National Youth Choir of Scotland, with sessions for those working with young choirs in the community and in the classroom, and their Boys' Choir (Changed Voices) will also perform in our gala concert.
  • We welcome the Norwegian Student Choral Society to Convention, an international award-winning male voice choir
  • Swedish composer MÃ¥rten Jansson introduces the rich and varied choral repertoire of Scandinavia
  • Friday dinner and jazz at Glasgow Doubletree Hilton with Bob Chilcott
  • Back by popular request, Helen Hampton, leader of Popchoir, shows how to get pop music right with a choir
  • Conductor Edward Caswell will discuss the issues of bel canto and the choral conductor and on his amazing work with Cromarty Youth Opera
  • Alan and Rebecca Tavener explore the often overlooked repertoire of Early Scottish choral music and the art of plainsong.
  • Mandy Miller inspires those looking for repertoire for young voices from 6 to 16.
  • Founder of the Dunedin Consort, John Butt, shares his passion for JS Bach
  • Iris Derke shares her secrets from across the pond of the power of social media and marketing
  • James Meaders addresses the vital topic of rehearsal pacing

The RCS is located in the centre of Glasgow, just minutes from Queen Street railway station and from the airport shuttle bus stop. Accommodation will be available close by at Glasgow Caledonian University and of course there are numerous hotels in the city centre.

31st Annual Convention, 26-28 August 2016, University of Winchester

Lists of all pieces submitted to our repertoire sessions can now be seen here.

abcd members can access videos from some of the sessions by logging into Podium.

See if you can spot yourself in the photo!

30th Annual Convention, 28-30 August 2015, Royal Northern College of Music

Click here for the session notes from "Technology - the choral directors new ally".

28th Annual Convention, 23-25 August 2013, Oxford Brookes University

Click here to download Therees Tkach Hibbard's handout from Let the body sing.

27th Annual Convention, 2012, Leeds Metropolitan University

Click here to download Jenevora Williams' paper on good vocal health and click here to download her paper on singing technique for young voices.

2010 Convention Video

abcd convention video

With thanks to Fergus Meiklejohn from RedRoof Production. Click here to find out more about their work.

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