New lockdown but online events and resources to look forward to

Following the announcement of new national lockdowns, Stay at Home guidance has been issued and supersedes all other guidance. Revised performing arts guidance was published on 6 January and this and other guidance has been updated on our pages to reflect this.

Whilst restrictions continue, why not grab your coffee and join us for one of our weekend webinars, a singing workshop or even an online training day?

Book now for our Winter webinars, starting 9 January

Start 2021 by joining us for our latest series of fortnightly webinars, led by our team of tutors and special guests on a wide range of choral topics. All webinars take place on Saturdays from 11:00 - 12:30.

There is a small fee of £5 for each webinar. A link to join the webinar will be emailed to all participants on Friday afternoon, before the webinar on Saturday morning. All webinars will be recorded and a copy of this recording will be sent out to all participants who have booked.

Find out more and book online here.

16 January, Choral Conducting: a beginner's guide
With Amy Bebbington

A day-long online course for anyone who wants to learn about the foundations of choral leadership, suitable for those new to leading choirs, teachers, community musicians and young choral leaders.

Find out more and book here.

6 February at 4pm, Sing with Bob Chilcott

Join Bob from the comfort of your own home to learn his brand new piece and enjoy chatting with him before a final sing-through.

Find out more and book online here.

New online resources

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, we also have new online resources for all choral leaders. You can find them by clicking here - watch out for many more over the coming weeks.

Posted: Fri 08th January 2021

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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
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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 >