Find out more about our Director of Training, and the team of tutors who lead and support our courses

Amy Bebbington, Director of Training

Amy is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought-after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, and her wealth of choral pedagogical experience.

Graduating with First Class Honours and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance (UK), Amy went on to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting, from Texas Tech University (USA). She became Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors in January 2017, is a regular tutor on their extended courses and was the Artistic Director of its annual convention in Winchester, in 2016.

Until recently, Amy was Choral Director for the Royal College of Music Junior Department Choirs, and currently leads the Licentiate Diploma Course (Choral Conducting, Teaching) at The Royal Academy of Music. She was Course Director for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Girls' Course this Spring, and is a regular NYC Musicianship Tutor. This summer, Amy will teach on The Organ Scholar Experience course (TOSE) in Oxford, sharing the art of choral leadership with organists, and will also be a clinician on the 38th International Choral Conducting Summer School for the Association of Irish Choirs at the University of Limerick.

Amy recently established her own Choral Conducting Masterclass Series, which has taken place in Surrey, Durham and at the Jerwood Space, London. She has worked on BBC2's The Choir: Sing While You Work and led choral direction training days for the Military Wives' Choirs' Foundation

Amy has performed in award-winning choirs and has had choral works published by Shawnee Press (USA) and Banks Music Publications (UK). She has had the pleasure of adjudicating for Choir of the Year, Music for Youth National Festival (Birmingham Symphony Hall) and the Cheltenham Music Festival among many others. As a teacher trainer/animateur, she has worked for Youth Music, Trinity/Open University, Glyndebourne Education, Sing for Pleasure and Music of Life.

Amy is in great demand as a choral clinician, mentor and teacher, and is currently Musical Director for Dorking Camerata, Holmbury Choral Society and Nota Bene.

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.

Until January 2017, Peter was Director of Training for abcd, 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.

James Davey

James Davey is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected choral directors, in demand for his work as a conductor, choir trainer, adjudicator and fixer.

Formerly the chief choral advisor for the BBC's sheet music archive, James has delivered projects for the BBC Singers Education Department and regularly conducts and prepares choirs for broadcasts on TV and radio, as well as providing professional ensembles to the entertainment and advertising industries.

At the heart of his busy schedule James is Musical Director for Chantage (winners of the Malta International Choral Competition 2015 and the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Competition 2006) and the Chandos Chamber Choir, and he is a Choral Conductor for the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He also directs 4Tunes, the award-winning staff choir at Channel 4 Television.

James is a tutor for the Association of British Choral Conductors and the Association of Irish Choirs, offering guidance to conductors all over the UK, and during the summer months he leads choirs for the Cranleigh Choral Week and the Sherborne Summer School of Music.

Neil Ferris

Neil Ferris is the new Chorus Director for the BBC Symphony Chorus, Artistic Director and conductor of the professional chamber choir Sonoro and Music Director of Wimbledon Choral Society.

Neil is also Chorus Director at the Royal College of Music and Chorus Master at the Endellion Summer Festival. He was previously Associate Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus and has also worked with the BBC Symphony Chorus, the Bach Choir and the chorus of Cambridge University. He has prepared choirs for internationally acclaimed conductors including Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Marin Alsop, Carlo Rizzi, Richard Hickox and Donald Runnicles.

Formerly Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Neil helped establish the international reputation of the choral conducting course. He is a guest teacher at conservatoires in this country and abroad and he has taught for abcd for a number of years. He was the Artistic Director of the 2014 Convention in Cardiff.

Susan Hollingworth

A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Susan divides her time between her work as a Choral Director and Music Educator. In 1990 she was awarded a Churchill fellowship for her work with choirs. In 2010, she was awarded "Choir Master of the Year" by the Gramophone Magazine. In 2013 she received a Royal Philharmonic Award for co-directing Cycle Song, an opera for the Cultural Olympiad based on the legendary Scunthorpe Cyclist, Lal White.

Susan is Creative Director of The Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, which won BBC Radio 3's Choir of the Year in 2008. She is Musical Director of the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir, in which all members are themselves choral directors. Susan also conducts the Grimsby Philharmonic Society and the North Lincolnshire based Lydian Choir.

Sue is a visiting lecturer for the Royal Northern College of Music, an associate lecturer of the Manchester Metropolitan University and has given lectures and seminars for the Universities of Hull, Ripon and St. John, Huddersfield, York, Bath Spa, Cambridge and London. She is the Vice President of the Association of British Choral Directors.


Janet Lincé

Janet studied at the Guildhall School of Music where she gained her GGSM followed by a certificate of advanced studies in piano accompaniment. She worked as a freelance singer, accompanist, repetiteur and teacher before commencing a highly rewarding and successful career as a conductor. Janet is musical director of Choros, inaugural conductor of newChoir and, with Sarah Tenant-Flowers, co-director of Encoro.

Janet has an extensive repertoire, having conducted most of the major oratorios. Always keen to promote new repertoire, Janet has commissioned works from composers such as Cecilia McDowall, Andrew Gant, David Hamilton, John Duggan and Malcolm Pearce.

Janet is greatly in demand as a choir trainer and has been guest chorus master for the BBC Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Chorus & London Symphony Chorus.

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).


Keith Orrell

Keith Orrell is a versatile and vibrant choral and orchestral conductor and music leader. He is currently the Musical Director of the Liverpool Welsh Choral and the William Byrd Singers of Manchester.

For the past seven years he has been Vocal Projects Leader for Wigan Music Service. In this capacity he directs Wigan Youth Choir and Wigan Junior Youth Choir, and conducts Wigan Youth Orchestra. He is also a dedicated church musician, organist, pianist, and the Director of Music at the church of St Agnes and St Pancras in south Liverpool.

He was Chorus Master of the Hallé Choir in Manchester for seven years, and has acted as a guest Chorus Master for other symphony choruses in the UK, including the BBC Symphony Chorus. He has also led children's choirs, youth choirs and larger mixed adult choirs including the Birmingham Singers, Stone Choral Society and the Staffordshire Youth Choir.

He continues to lead choral workshops and courses, including conducting courses for the Association of British Choral Directors.

Peter Broadbent, Director of Training

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.