New events for spring

The Government announced a new four-stage roadmap on 22 February to lift the current restrictions in England. We await detailed information on the performing arts, but you can find the key points so far on our Government guidelines page - we'll update information as and when we have confirmation and details.

As the lockdown slowly eases, we've plenty of spring activity for all choral leaders to enjoy.

Saturday 6 March

Choral Conducting: a beginners guide, part two with Amy Bebbington

This day-long online course is for all those who want to learn about the foundations of choral leadership, and would suit those new to leading choirs, teachers, community musicians, young choral leaders and those who took the first Beginner's Guide in January.

Find out more and book online here.

Spring webinars

Join us on every fortnight on a Saturday morning from 11am - 12.30pm for a wide range of topics led by abcd tutors and special guests.

The spring season runs on 6, 13 and 27 March, 10 and 24 April. Webinars are £5 and all are recorded, so join us live or watch at your leisure.

Find out more and book here.

Posted: Wed 24th February 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
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 >