Young Conductors' Programme

A fantastic opportunity for young people to work alongside peers and concentrate on the practical aspects of choir training, conducting and rehearsal techniques. abcd's unique course offers a dynamic and fresh approach for those considering further training or employment in singing leadership.

The courses are open to all aged 18-25 not earning their living from conducting. No previous conducting experience is necessary, but participants are required to read music, and should have instrumental or singing technique and experience. The course is also suitable for those who would like to develop their conducting and vocal technique or have some experience in leading choral music.

Convention Young Conductors' Course 2018

Led by Lucy Griffiths

This annual course for 18 - 25 year olds interested in learning about conducting runs parallel with Convention (being held this year in Leeds), giving students the opportunity to attend some Convention events as well as taking part in conducting-technique sessions. Lucy will give individual and group tuition in the basics of choir training and conducting and works on rehearsal and performance technique. This is a practical, hands-on, course, with the emphasis on informality and tutoring in a small group.

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Bursaries are available for our Young Conductor course at Convention, reducing the cost to just £120 (including standard accommodation)! Applications are open until 20th July - download the application form here and return as directed!

The Oxford University Press Andrew Potter Bursary

abcd is delighted to be able to award 'The Oxford University Press Andrew Potter Bursary' for the third year. Oxford University Press inaugurated this bursary in memory of Andrew Potter who died in February 2016. Andrew was formerly Director of Music Publishing at OUP and one of the founding members and Trustees of abcd.

The bursary will be awarded by abcd to a young conductor between the ages of 18 and 27. It will be used to support the selected conductor attending the abcd Young Conductors' Course, the Pre-Convention Conducting Course and the main abcd Annual Convention. The value of the bursary is £500.

Further information about the bursary is available here. Applications are open until 20th July - download the application form here and return as directed!

If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do not book a place in advance of sending your application.

Word version of all forms are available, for this or other queries contact our Convention Administrator on

Booking is now open! Book your place online here.

Young Conductor Day

Our next Young Conductor Day is on October 21st as part of the London International Choral Conducting Competition

You don't have to enter the competition to take part - just be aged 18 - 25 and interested in conducting singing.

Book your place online here - a year's free membership to abcd is included!

Become a member - under 25s get their first two years free - and receive information about our Young Conductor events as soon as it becomes available!

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