Our Training and Standards Unit

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.

Amy Bebbington, Director of Training

Amy Bebbington is in great demand as a choral director and has worked extensively throughout the UK and USA. Graduating with First Class Honours and a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, Amy was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting, from Texas Tech University.

Amy is part of the Choral Conducting tutor team for the Association of British Choral Directors, and has worked for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, BBC2's Sing while you work and Amabile (amongst others) as guest clinician. As a teacher trainer/workshop leader/animateur, she has worked for Trinity/Open University, Glyndebourne Education Outreach, Sing for Pleasure, The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Music of Life, Sing Up and Youth Music. Amy has had choral works published by Shawnee Press (USA) and Banks Music Publications (UK).

Most recently Amy held a 5-year post as Musical Director for the Royal College of Music Junior Department Choirs. She is currently Musical Director for Dorking Camerata, Holmbury St. Mary Choral Society and Stevens & Bolton Office Choir, and also forms part of the instrumental faculty (piano) at Wellington College.

Peter Broadbent

Peter Broadbent is one of Britain's leading choral conductors, enjoying a versatile career with an extensive repertoire ranging from Baroque Music performed on period instruments to contemporary music, including many first performances. Peter has conducted the London Mozart Players, Divertimenti Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Southern Sinfonia, the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Apollo Voices and the BBC Singers, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Engagements outside the UK include concerts with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra & Kodály Chorus in Hungary and a broadcast with the National Chamber Choir in Dublin.

In 2003 he conducted an Atelier at the XV Europa Cantat in Barcelona, including music by Tavener, Rautavaara and Tarik O'Regan, and in 2006 conducted the world Youth Choir in their Summer session, giving concerts in Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Germany. He adjudicates at International Choral Competitions all over Europe and in the UK, including the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the European Grand Prix competitions. He gives seminars and masterclasses in the UK, France, Italy, South Africa, the USA and Canada.

Peter is Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors, having instigated and designed the curriculum for their conducting courses.

In 2007 he was awarded the "Pro Cultura Hungarica" Prize by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Hungary for his contribution to strengthening Anglo-Hungarian cultural relations.

Jo McNally

Jo is a music educator from the USA who has been living in the UK since 1980 working as an animateur, conductor, and singer. As a conductor she specialises in young and developing choirs. Her current choirs include Farnham Girls Training Choir and Wokingham Choral Academy.

She has been on the team developing and delivering the ABCD conducting courses since their inception and is now teaching The Art of Choral Direction for the Sherborne Summer Music school. Recently she was the guest conductor for the AMIS Girls Honour Choir in Shekou, China.

As an animateur she has worked on special projects for the Education departments of ENO /Bayliss, Royal Opera House /Glyndbourne and the BBC Singers. She is a sought after clinician not just in the British Isles but internationally as well. Jo has presented for AMIS(Association for Music in International Schools), ISME, TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) and the Maryborough, and Melborne Music Conferences in Australia.Her published works include Young Voiceworks (Oxford University Press) and Junior Choral Club (Music Sales).

Lucy Griffiths

Lucy is one of the most respected conductor-animateurs of her generation. Having studied and worn several prestigious prizes in the UK and Canada, her leadership experience ranges across vocal and instrumental music-making with professional, amateur, youth and adult ensembles at the very highest level of each. It has seen her appear on TV and radio, premiering new works, adjudicating competitions, touring extensively throughout the UK and internationally, and working alongside some of the world's finest musicians and directors. Lucy is Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra's Junior Choir and Director of the Royal College of Music Chorus. She is a leading expert in the field of music education and engagement, specialising in vocal outreach.

Martin Seymour

Martin was educated at Wellington School and was appointed to his first choirmaster post aged 14. At Colchester Institute of Music he majored in composition under Alan Bullard and was appointed the organ scholar at St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich. Martin continued to conduct as well as teaching singing throughout East Anglia before moving to London to work for ABRSM.

Martin now works as a freelance conductor, singing teacher and composer. He regularly tutors on the Association of British Choral Directors conducting courses and is a national council member. Martin has also tutored for the Royal School of Church Music.

Martin is currently Director of Music at All Saints' Marlow which continues the tradition of boy and men choristers alongside a separate girls' choir, adult choir and a semi-professional chamber choir.

Other engagements have included the Yehudi Menuhin School, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and with Drakensberg Boys' Choir in South Africa. He also conducts an international choir in the south of France during the summer and continues to sing counter-tenor.

Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Sarah studied music at Oxford and Durham Universities and conducting with Sir Charles Groves, Peter Erdei, Laszlo Heltay, and Alan Hazeldine. A versatile conductor, Sarah has worked with an impressive array of professional and amateur ensembles including the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Kantorei der Friedenskirche of Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Granada International Festival Choir, Harlow Chorus and, as General Manager, The Sixteen.

She is currently working with the BBC Symphony Chorus as guest chorusmaster, is artistic director of professional choirs Singscape and Papagena, lecturer in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and directs many community and school choral projects.

As well as being Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Sinfonia Sarah has worked with numerous ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, Ensemble Bash, and His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts.