32nd Annual Convention
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
25-27 August 2017

Welcome to the Convention 2017 web site, which is the place to find the most up-to-date information about joining as in Glasgow, getting around the city and between our venues, details of all of our sessions, presenters and exhibitors, and the convention Blog.

Anne Corbet, Co-ordinator, abcd Scottish Committee

Scotland is an established world centre of excellence in choral singing – a fitting, welcoming setting for this year’s unmissable abcd Convention. Our venue, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in vibrant Glasgow – a UNESCO City of Music – is ranked equal third in the entire world for performing-arts education by the prestigious QS World Rankings 2017.

abcd is delighted and honoured to be collaborating in partnership with the RCS, now celebrating 170 years since its foundation, to offer choral leaders like you a wide variety of sessions with speakers from Scotland, the rest of the UK, and abroad.

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The key thread running through the weekend will be Unity within Diversity – hugely important for every choir these days. The abcd Scottish Committee is particularly proud to include a diverse spectrum of sessions which will inspire choir leaders to appreciate the health and well-being benefits of group-singing activities, whether for young people, for the Third Age, for the socially isolated, for the elderly – for all.

This is your chance to meet today’s leading composers from north and south of the border. For Sir James MacMillan, Paul Mealor and Will Todd to be at Convention together makes this a very special event indeed. Their music, and music by many other composers, will feature in our ever-popular repertoire-reading sessions, including works for SATB, church choirs, upper voices and SAMen.

And there’s so much more…

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Back by popular demand, Helen Hampton, leader of Popchoir, will show how choirs should tackle pop music – surprisingly tricky – and actually sing it right.

Edward Caswell, founder of the amazingly successful Cromarty Youth Opera, will demonstrate how to train choirs in bel canto singing, whilst Alan Tavener explores early Scottish choral music – beautiful, yet often overlooked. The fantastic National Youth Choir of Scotland will also be taking part as abcd partners, with special sessions for those of you who work with young choirs in the community and in the classroom. Don’t miss our Gala Concert! With masterclasses, sessions on voice technique and more, Convention 2017 in Glasgow is not to be missed!