University of Reading

Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October 2024

We're delighted to announce our 2024 Annual Convention! Our 38th Convention will be on 26 and 27 October at the London Road campus of Reading University, just outside the town centre, with its lovely Great Hall as our base.

Join us for a weekend of workshops, repertoire, exhibition and networking for everyone who leads singing, whatever their experience. Catch up with colleagues, meet new ones, browse new repertoire, brush up on skills with leading practitioners and take part in debate.

About the weekend

  • lots of opportunity to meet and network with fellow choral leaders, teachers, publishers, composers and more
  • three strands of sessions running through the weekend
  • a dedicated education strand
  • session leaders including Naveen Arles, Amy Bebbington, Rebecca Berkley, Neil Ferris, Charles MacDougall, Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Joanna Tomlinson and more
  • the latest repertoire to try out through the weekend
  • practical sessions for all choral leaders
  • a full day of sessions on Saturday
  • sessions on Sunday morning, finishing with lunch
  • informal buffet dinner, evening concert by Corra Sound and socialising on Saturday night
  • trade exhibition in the Great Hall to browse throughout the weekend

Booking now open! Find full details of rates and book online here.

In more detail

Saturday 26 October

From 9.30 am: registration, coffee, exhibition time, networking
10.45 am: opening session
11.45 am: choice of three sessions
12.45 pm: lunch, exhibition time, networking
2.15 pm: choice of sessions
3.15 pm: tea, exhibition time, networking
3.45 pm: choice of sessions
5 pm: choice of sessions
6 pm: informal buffet and socialising (bookable separately)
7.45 pm: concert by Corra Sound

Sunday 27 October

9.30 am: choice of sessions
10.30 am: coffee, exhibition time, networking
11 am: choice of sessions
12.15 pm: final plenary
1.15pm: lunch and networking
2pm finish

Visit the exhibition

Our trade exhibition will be alongside session space in the main hall, ideally placed for browsing in session breaks. Chat with publishers and composers, browse through music and start planning that long awaited choir trip!

Repertoire resources

Explore new repertoire from our member publishers, composers and choral partners - all on our microsite for exclusive viewing by delegates, plus the chance to sing through highlights on the day.

Book your place here and take advantage of our Early Bird rates.

Delegate fees

Early Bird fees apply until 16 September, so book your place now!

See our booking page for full details of delegate fees and the special rates for abcd members.

About our venue

Convention takes place in the London Road site of Reading University, based in its Great Hall, a popular concert venue, and its Music Education department. There is ample parking on-site and Reading station is within walking distance. There is plenty of reasonably priced accommodation in the town centre, with special delegate deals at many.


There is no on-site accommodation and this isn't included in delegate rates this year, but there is plenty to choose from in Reading town centre. Visit Reading has a large searchable list of hotels, guesthouses and self catering, or look at the large accommodation sites such as or The university also publishes its own details of accommodation, with some discount deals - download the brochure here.

The nearest hotel is Reading Premier Inn, 10-15 minutes' walk away. Reading Central Travelodge is about 20-25 minutes' walk away, or 10 minutes by car. There is free parking on-site.