abcd Live

At Hallé St Peter's, Manchester

Saturday 1 October 2022

10am - 7pm (registration from 9.30am)

After two years of online Festivals, we're delighted to announce a live event for 2022, with an exciting day of workshops, repertoire, exhibition and networking for everyone who leads singing. Catch up with colleagues, meet new ones, browse new repertoire and take part in practical sessions.

About the day

There will be three strands of sessions for all choral leaders to choose from, including a dedicated strand for teachers and everyone working with young voices. Our trade exhibition will be alongside session space in the main hall, ideally placed for browsing in session breaks.

The full timetable will be published in early August: our sessions include an introduction to Hal Leonard's new repertoire series SAM-Klang, the launch of a new book of warm-ups for all singers by Suzzie Vango and Lucy Hollins, sessions exploring new repertoire, and practical conducting sessions. We'll also be tackling the issues that many choirs are still facing after returning to singing: what solutions can we learn from each other?

No abcd day would be complete without an international element and we'll be welcoming leading Norwegian choral conductor Thomas Caplin to lead conducting sessions and take part in panel sessions. We'll also be returning to live research-based sessions, this time concentrating on historical performance. We're all used to historical instruments in performance, but what about the voices that performed the music when it was written?

We'll finish the day with wine and networking time from 6.15pm and a performance by one of the country's leading mixed-voice youth choirs, the Hallé Youth Choir, conducted by Stuart Overington.

For teachers

If you're a teacher, or working in any way with young voices, don't miss a dedicated strand of sessions, with a panel session on the National Plan for Music Education, new repertoire, basic music leadership skills and sessions from members of the Hallé's Youth Choir team.

About our venue

Our day takes place at the wonderful venue of Hallé St Peter's in central Manchester. Situated at the heart of the resurgent area of Ancoats, Hallé St Peter's has been built around a restored, Grade II listed former church and provides a home for the Hallé's rehearsals and recordings, its choirs and Youth Orchestra, as well as a space for education workshops and small performances.

Getting to Hallé St Peter's - click here for full travel details.

Join us to reunite with your fellow choral leaders and get inspiration for the season ahead!

Delegate fees

The delegate fee includes full access to all sessions, our exhibition, online access to a treasure trove of new repertoire listings from our member publishers and composers, and tea, coffee and lunch:

Members £85 (log into our members' area when booking and the member rate will show automatically)
Non-members £120

Book your place now!

The easiest way to book is online, available here.

You can also book offline: if you'd like to book over the phone by card, or if you require an invoice or receipt, please get in touch with us by email or phone 01935 389482.

The internationalisation of this event is supported by the Training Leading Voices project. The project seeks to contribute to the professionalisation of vocal and choral leaders in Europe and the internationalisation of their careers through events across Europe.