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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Congratulations to Peter Broadbent!
We’re delighted to see Peter Broadbent in the New Year’s Honours list! The founding conductor of the Joyful Company of Singers, Peter was also abcd’s first Director of Training, and the instigator of our long-established and widely acclaimed extended choral conducting programme.
Posted: Friday, 31st December 2021 >
The latest COVID-19 updates
Following the government's recent announcement, we have updated our guidance pages with the key points and will continue to keep a watch on any updates relevant to singing and choral leaders.
Posted: Thursday, 9th December 2021 >
Our live courses resume!
After months of online activity, we're delighted to launch our first live conducting course since 2020! Our Spring 2022 Initial Course is now open for booking; with training spread over 4 months, this course is ideal for those new to conducting or wanting to consolidate skills.
Posted: Wednesday, 24th November 2021 >
New resources for ABCD members!
Issue Two of our Choral Research Journal is now available exclusively for members to read!
Posted: Friday, 29th October 2021 >
Download WellRehearsed and help us gather vital data
Our app WellRehearsed is available to download from both the Google and Apple stores. WellRehearsed is a joint initiative between abcd and Making Music. This free, anonymous app has been developed in volunteer time as a quick and simple-to-use risk management tool for amateur music groups of all kinds, choirs and instrumental groups, anywhere in the UK.
Posted: Wednesday, 15th September 2021 >