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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New abcd apprenticeship »
Laurel Neighbour has been appointed as an abcd apprentice conductor with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.
Posted: Friday, 14th December 2018
Third OUP Andrew Potter Bursary awarded »
This year’s Convention saw the award of the third Oxford University Press Andrew Potter Bursary. The bursary was set up in memory of founder member and former Chair Andrew Potter, who was Head of the Music Department at OUP from 1983 to 2004, as well as Chair of the Performing Rights Society, and Making Music. It offers support to an emerging young conductor to attend Convention and benefit from a variety of training opportunities surrounding it.
Posted: Wednesday, 28th November 2018
London International Choral Conducting Competition awards »
LICCC 2018, the inaugural edition of the London International Choral Conducting Competition held at the Royal Academy of Music, has been won by Julia Selina Blank of Germany.
Posted: Tuesday, 27th November 2018
We are seeking new Board members »
The abcd Board is asking members to nominate someone for membership of the Board of Trustees. If you would like to be nominated, or know someone who would, please contact Rachel Greaves or the Chair Leslie East in the first instance, who can provide more information.
Posted: Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Take part in World Choir Day »
Take part in this year's World Choral Day - an international choral event organised by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Register your own concert or apply now to be part of the virtual choir commemorating the end of World War I.
Posted: Tuesday, 18th September 2018