Training for everyone leading singing

Training is at the heart of what abcd does and we run a long-established programme of courses for all types of choral leaders, led by our pool of highly experienced tutors. From one-day basic workshops to advanced courses, there is something for everyone. Read testimonials from conductors who have previously attended our courses here.

Most of our activity is online at present, but we are planning new live courses for 2022. Check out the latest schedule of events here or why not have a look at our new resources for all choir leaders?

Extended choral conducting courses

Our extended courses have been the backbone of our training since 1999 and cater for everyone, from beginners to the highest professional level.

Bursaries are available to those who work in leading youth singing, which can cover up to 50% of a course cost. More details are available here.

Courses for teachers, Music Hubs and young leaders

We've a wide range of courses and resources for everyone working with young voices, including our Get them singing, keep them singing programme for singing leaders working in music education, at Primary and Secondary levels and a course for 15-18 year olds who want to explore leading singing. Find out more here.

Young Conductors' programme

Our Young Conductors' Programme is for anyone aged 18 - 25 who is interested in leading singing.

One-day courses

We run one-day events at all levels across the UK, from Basic Conducting Skills to Advanced level days. Find out about the latest events here.

Building Voices

Building Voices is a new initiative designed to bring together the experience of teachers and conductors who have inspired hundreds of young people to sing through the adolescent years of voice change. Over the next year (2021-2022) we will be providing an in-service module Building Voices: The Cambiata Way for teachers and conductors seeking to renew and enhance their work with young adolescent voices - in the classroom and on the concert platform. Find out more here.

The Twelve masterclasses

The Twelve is a series of one-day masterclasses for conductors to gain experience working with large choral societies. Each masterclass focuses on a different work within the standard repertoire, giving participants a chance to prepare for performances with their own choirs.

Observer places

For anyone interested in learning more about conducting, and for anyone who enjoys singing a variety of repertoire, we offer observer places on our extended courses (at all four levels) and on selected one day courses (such as The Twelve). Please check individual event listings to see if observer places are available.

How our training is organised

Our training programme is overseen by our Training and Standards Unit, led by Director of Training Amy Bebbington, and a pool of highly experienced tutors.

They are supported by our Training Moderation Group, which monitors the training programme, providing a bridge between our Trustees and Council, and the Training and Standards Unit.

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