Association Of British Choral Directors
Did you enjoy Bob Chilcott's workshop on his Requiem at Convention 2011? Or perhaps with your choir since?
Did you enjoy Bob Chilcott's workshop on his Requiem at Convention 2011? Or perhaps with your choir since? Since its world première just two years ago, Bob Chilcott's Requiem has received more than 50 performances in at least 12 different countries including the UK and USA, Hong Kong, Spain, France, and the Netherlands. On Monday 26 March the much-anticipated first recording is released on Hyperion, performed by the Choir of Wells Cathedral and members of The Nash Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Owens, with Laurie Ashworth (soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), and Jonathan Vaughn (organ). There will also be a concert in Wells Cathedral on Saturday 5th May.
Posted: Mon 26th March 2012 | Read More
National Association of Choirs Annual Conference now open to non-members
The National Conference of the National Association of Choirs will be held in Bowness on Windermere from 23rd-25th March and for the first time is open to non-members as well as members.
Posted: Tue 13th March 2012 | Read More
Information requested on who commissions new music
Who commissions new music and why? How is the economic climate affecting commissions? Are commissioners valued as much as they should be? The British Academy of Songwriters and Composers (BASCA) is running a survey for commissioners of new music.
Posted: Wed 07th March 2012 | Read More
Review of cultural education finds that provision is patchy
The government-commissioned Review of Cultural Education in England has been released and recommends that all children should have an entitlement to receive a set amount of cultural education during their years in school, meaning more exposure to subjects such as drama, arts, dance and music. The report found that cultural education was "patchy" and acknowledged that there was a "good deal of concern" about the future of arts subjects in the curriculum.
Posted: Tue 06th March 2012 | Read More
Not enough music in school music lessons, says Ofsted
In some lessons, teachers do not play or sing a single note, according to a report looking at music education as a whole. The study was based on evidence from inspections of 90 primary and 90 secondary schools from 2008 to 2011.Out of these, 68 were rated "outstanding" for music education and 41 were judged "inadequate".
Posted: Fri 02nd March 2012 | Read More
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ABCD Choral Leaders' Festival »
With great regret we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s abcd Choral Leaders’ Festival, our 35th Annual Convention, which was to have taken place from 28-30 August at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The decision was taken in light of the ongoing situation regarding coronavirus, both in the UK and abroad.
Posted: Wednesday, 25th March 2020
Coronavirus »
Updated 25 March. abcd events and courses have now been postponed for the moment and all participants contacted, but if you have any queries, please get in touch with us. A list of useful links from fellow organisations is below.
Posted: Wednesday, 11th March 2020
Making Music discount for abcd members! »
abcd and Making Music are offering their members reciprocal discounts.
Posted: Friday, 28th February 2020
Upcoming Choral Leadership workshop for teachers! »
Choral Leadership Workshop this Saturday with Amy Bebbington
Posted: Monday, 3rd February 2020
Book now for our conductor toolkit weekend! »
Expand your choral toolkit and join us for a weekend of workshops focusing on expanding your toolkit of choral resources and inspiration, with presenters from Leeds, Ireland and Canada!
Posted: Thursday, 23rd January 2020