Why join us? The detail.

Advice and support in challenging times

Support, resources and advice for all choral leaders and their choirs.

Our COVID-19 portal provides information for everyone seeking to find ways of working safely. We publish regular updates on the latest government guidelines for singing which you can find here.

We continue to lobby on behalf of everyone involved in choirs for singing to be treated fairly and for collective singing to return to everyone's lives.

Our WellRehearsed app has been developed with Making Music as a quick and simple risk management tool for amateur music groups of all kinds and is helping us gather vital data to make the case for singing for everyone.

Network

Network with other choral directors, leading practitioners and composers, all keen to share their knowledge and experience. Our members represent around 2,000 choral groups and include teachers, composers, singers and students, leading choral singing of all kinds, as well as corporate members from music publishing, music tours and choral organisations.

Online resources

Access the members' area of our website for our exclusive video and written resources, covering practical tips and advice for choral leaders of all kinds. Read the abcd Choral Research Journal, exclusively available to members for the first year of each issue. You can also access the online directory of members and the abcd digital edition of Choir and Organ and view many of our webinars free of charge.

Member rates and discounts

Our members pay reduced rates for abcd events and courses and can claim discounts on sheet music:

Oxford University Press discount

  • Claim 15% discount when ordering 10 or more copies of any OUP choral title by phone.

musicroom.com discount

  • Claim 15% discount when shopping at our Gold Member Hal Leonard Europe's partner site musicroom.com

Events

Our live events and courses are back! But we're also continuing with online activity, so there is something to suit everyone, wherever you live. Our regular webinar series covers a wide range of topics - take part live on a Saturday morning, or buy the recording any time and watch at your leisure.

We're looking forward to a full range of live activity returning over the coming months and are working closely with leading composers, conductors and music publishers to run singing days, workshops and masterclasses for you and your choir across the UK.

Find out about the latest event and courses here.

Quality training programmes

Our long standing choral conducting courses are designed to develop the individual. Experienced tutors work with your natural abilities and previous experience to enable you to develop your own gesture vocabulary and rehearsal technique. Training takes place in a supportive and encouraging environment. This individually tailored approach develops confidence and practical skills which can be used by those leading singing of any kind.

Specialist training and events for teachers and schools

Get them singing, keep them singing! A flexible range of courses for music teachers in secondary and primary schools, tailormade for your group, covering conducting & vocal technique, repertoire and much more. Find out more here.

Young conductors' programme

Reduced rate membership for anyone under 28! We run our Encouraging Young Vocal Leaders course for GCSE & A-Level students who have an interest in singing and one-day workshops and a residential summer course for anyone aged 18-25. Find out more here.

Find out more about all our training programmes here and click here for the current schedule.

Coaching

Our tailored coaching service matches up members with conductors and tutors to work with you in a one-to-one setting, available across the UK. You can choose between regular coaching sessions, or just a one-off to work on a particular issue - whatever you feel you need.

Annual Convention

For over thirty years, our Annual Convention has been the highlight of our calendar and a unique national forum for choral leaders to meet and network with leading composers, conductors and vocal experts from the UK and abroad, discover the latest choral repertoire and hear performances from invited international choirs. In 2020 and 2021 we ran virtual festival weekends and are looking forward to returning to a live Festival in 2022.

How to join us

To take full advantage of what abcd can offer, why not join us? Click here to join online now.