Music Education: Where do we go from here? The Musicians' Company Debate
Following the report to the government earlier this year by Darren Henley, and the impending National Music Education Plan expected from the Department of Education in the early Autumn, the annual Musicians' Company Debate draws together leading figures from politics, education and the arts to examine current government policy towards music education.
Posted: Mon 26th September 2011 | Read More
Welsh World Cup Rugby Team Forms Choir
The Wales rugby squad are hoping to sing their way to glory in New Zealand after forming a Rugby World Cup choir. Team manager Alan Phillips today revealed the Welsh squad has formed the vocal group as part of their team bonding in New Zealand.
Posted: Mon 12th September 2011 | Read More
Aled Jones asks people to 'Sing out' for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Singer and television presenter Aled Jones is asking people to Sing Out for Marie Curie Cancer Care this Christmas time. Whether you are singing on your own, in a group or just with friends, Aled wants you to dedicate a Christmas performance to raising funds for the charity. Aled said: "By singing out this Christmas time for Marie Curie Cancer Care with your choir, church or friends, you can help raise vital funds so that Marie Curie Nurses can continue to provide free care for terminally ill people in their own homes and the charity's hospices."
Posted: Mon 12th September 2011 | Read More
One month to go to 123sing!
Make singing count with your group by joining in with 123sing! on 30 September – 2 October 2011. Dedicate a performance to 123sing! or hold an open rehearsal or workshop to recruit new members. Collect donations from your members, audiences and participants for the chance to win promotion for your next event on air and on the Classic FM website. Funds are split between your group and The Classic FM Foundation, providing music therapy for disabled children across the UK. www.classicfm.com/123sing
Posted: Thu 01st September 2011 | Read More
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Our new app, WellRehearsed, is available to download!
We're delighted that our app WellRehearsed, developed as a joint initiative between abcd and Making Music, is now available to download from both the Google and Apple stores. The app will allow us to compile weekly, anonymous statistics on safe group music-making.
Posted: Monday, 14th June 2021 >
Update on our campaign for amateur choirs
abcd has worked alongside colleagues at Making Music, Singing Network UK, ABO and ISM to write to Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, and Dr Jenny Harries OBE at Public Health England regarding the guidance for amateur choirs in England at Step 3.
Posted: Friday, 28th May 2021 >
Join our campaign to improve choir guidance in England
Our new campaign page is up and running! We've been working with our partner organisations to shape a response to the recent and unexpected guidance for choirs in England which single out amateur singing.
Posted: Thursday, 20th May 2021 >
Updated performing arts guidance has now been published
Updated performing arts guidance has now been published. Guidance for non-professionals is at section 2.4. Sadly this only seems to allow for a single group of up to 6 singers indoors. We'll post again after consulting and reading in more detail.
Posted: Tuesday, 18th May 2021 >
New guidance for the performing arts in England still awaited
We're sorry we have no further updates on performing arts guidance for England from 17 May. Updated guidance has now been published for worship and for community facilities and like everyone, we are very concerned to see the wording.
Posted: Tuesday, 18th May 2021 >