We run a wide rang of courses for everyone leading singing, from one-day starter workshops to extended Advanced level courses. Our long-standing and highly respected extended course programme runs from Initial to Advanced level - find out more below. Keep up with the latest schedule of events here.

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Extended Choral Conducting Courses overview

"This course has been really valuable... The hands-on approach and humorous, compassionate teaching have been greatly appreciated." Course participant, 2017

abcd's courses are designed to help you develop on your individual journey as a singing leader. Our experienced tutors work with you to enable you to develop your own gesture vocabulary and rehearsal technique. The training is delivered in a supportive and encouraging environment, improving confidence and practical skills which can be used by those leading singing of any kind, regardless of age group, music genre or experience of singers.

Bursaries are available to those who lead young voices, which can cover up to 50% of the cost of a course. More details are available here.

For teachers - Get them singing, keep them singing

A flexible range of courses for all those involved in leading young singers. We offer training for those working in Primary and Secondary education, as well as a programme for developing young vocal leaders within schools.

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Leading singing in primary schools - our new online course has now finished, but you can buy the recorded sessions here - great inspiration and training for anyone leading young voices in primary schools.

Leading singing in secondary schools: our new online course is now open for booking! Six twilight training sessions online for anyone working with singers of secondary school age. Find out more and book your place here.


These courses are designed to lay firm foundations for anyone who has an interest in learning to lead singing of any kind, or who has recently started to conduct a choir.

Find out more about how the course runs here.


This course has been updated to combine our previous Emerging and Progressive courses into one and include both live and online tuition spread over six training days.

The course is designed for those who have either successfully completed our Initial level of training or those who already have experience in leading a choir. It will develop and extend existing leadership skills, enabling you to prepare your choir with greater confidence. The course is awarded at two levels: Emerging and Progressive.

Find out more about how our Intermediate course runs here.

"It was wonderful to be taught by a group of experienced, approachable and dynamic tutors who brought a wealth of knowledge, good humour and excellent patience to the group." Mary Bourne, Intermediate Course participant, 2015


This course is designed for those who conduct their own choir regularly, to a high standard, and have successfully taken the Intermediate or Progressive Course, DipABRSM or have the equivalent training and/or experience. The course can lead to the Licentiate or Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music examination for those students who wish to take it.

Find out more about how the course runs here.

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