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 a 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.

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

Our Get them singing, keep them singing programme is specifically targeted at singing leaders working in music education, at Primary and Secondary levels. There is also a course for 15 - 18 year olds who want to explore leading singing.

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.

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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