Virtual Choral Leaders’ Festival

4th –⁠ 6th September 2020

Like so many organisations, sadly we have had to cancel our usual Annual Convention this year – the first time since 1986! However, in its place we are holding our first Virtual Choral Leaders’ Festival. We’re looking forward to bringing you online versions of some of the originally planned Convention sessions, alongside new sessions specially designed to help choral leaders of all kinds through this challenging time.

Spurred on by the success of our recent webinars, we are presenting a series of one-hour webinars across the weekend, including a choice of strands. There will be plenty of scheduled breaks to avoid too much screen time, plus a wide range of online resources for you to peruse at your leisure, including new repertoire for planning ahead and a virtual exhibition.

There will even be a gala concert! We’re delighted to be able to include one of the Live from London choral concerts in our timetable, a performance from VOCES8 on 5 September at 7pm. You can either buy a separate ticket for the concert as part of your festival package, or why not buy a season ticket now for all ten concerts? By buying your ticket through abcd, you are actively helping to raise funds for us.

Book now!

Click here to view the rates and book your place now! We have tried to make booking as flexible as possible: book for as little as half a day, or join us for the full festival!


Sessions will include topics that are directly connected with the current situation and intended to give conductors help and advice, but also topics addressing training and support for conductors at any time.

The exact content of all sessions may change according to the government guidelines as they alter in order to be as useful and relevant to singing leaders as possible.

Online resources

Our famous repertoire reading sessions have gone online! Resources to peruse at your leisure, with the latest repertoire and resources from publishers, many designed for rehearsal and performance in these unusual times, introduced by our tutors and special guests. Topics include:

  • Children’s voices, introduced by Sue Hollingworth
  • Changing voices, introduced by Ian Crawford
  • Community and church choirs up to three parts, introduced by Jonathan Schranz
  • Self-published composers – a wide range of compositions submitted and introduced by abcd members
  • SATB suitable or adaptable for small forces, introduced by James Davey
  • Plus new repertoire from our Gold members OUP and Hal Leonard

Virtual exhibition

Our trade exhibition has also gone online and delagates will be able to browse the virtual exhibits at their leisure.


Full details of the programme can be found in the Programme section of this site.