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abcd Choral Research Journal

The abcd Choral Research Journal is a new international peer-reviewed academic research journal published with the aim of promoting research informed practice and a scholarly approach to all aspects of collective singing. The journal covers all aspects of choral singing and choir work.

Find out more by clicking on the various links to the right or below. You can also read about the importance of research in an article by the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Martin Ashley, here.

Issue Three call for papers

Submissions for Volume 3, to be published during 2022, are now invited. Volume 3 will have two special themes:

  • Historically informed performance
  • Scientifically informed performance

We wish to receive papers that will encourage abcd members and others to engage period resources and approaches when planning programmes, whether renaissance, baroque or later. Similarly, we wish to encourage awareness of how the latest scientific research into choral singing might challenge current approaches or encourage experimentation.

Papers are also welcome at any time covering other aspects of choral singing that fall within the remit of the journal.

Find out more about submitting an article here.

Issue Two, October 2021

The latest issue of the Choral Research Journal is now available exclusively to members!

Editor-in-Chief Professor Martin Ashley's editorial and abstracts for each paper are available for public viewing here.

The full journal is available to members only here.

abcd members have access to our full range of resources, as well as many other benefits: find out more about joining us here.

Issue One, May 2020

Click on the title to view contents. The issue is now public domain.

COVID-19 research

Research paper on the impact of the COVID 19 virus on choral activity in the UK

In May 2020 abcd published a research paper on the impact of the COVID 19 virus on choral activity in the UK.

The report, prepared by Professor Martin Ashley, an abcd trustee, provided an important survey of research into the thinking at the time about how choirs and conductors might resume rehearsing and performing. You can find the paper here.

Visit our COVID-19 portal for more resources and information during the pandemic, plus the latest government guidelines for all four nations.

Other journals

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