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. From the first Intermediate course pilot back in 1999, our courses have since grown to encompass training at all levels for leaders of all types of singing; Peter was the backbone of our training programme for many years and remains a senior tutor.

As well as his contribution to choral music in this country, Peter has flown the flag of choral music internationally for many years, sitting on international juries, giving master classes and leading the World Youth Choir in 2006. He received the Pro Cultura Hungarica Award for his services to Anglo-Hungarian musical relations and in 2016 was presented with the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit. With the Joyful Company of Singers, Peter continues to promote a huge range of choral repertoire, including many first performances, and particularly encouraging young composers and young conductors.

Congratulations Peter!

The list also included an MBE for Andrew Carwood (St Paul's Cathedral), a CBE for John Gilhooly (Wigmore Hall), a BEM for founder of Choir of the Earth Mark Strachan, and an OBE for Mark Pemberton, the Chief Executive of the Association of British Orchestras, who has worked tirelessly for musicians for many years, but particularly latterly with the double-whammy of Covid and Brexit - he was also involved in our campaign for singing last summer. Congratulations to all.

Posted: Fri 31st December 2021

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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 >