ABCD 33rd Annual Convention

Leeds Beckett University

24-26 August 2018

Thomas Leech
Convention Artistic Director
and Chair abcd Yorkshire

Welcome to the Convention 2018 web site, which is the place to find the most up-to-date information about joining as in Leeds, getting around the campus and the city, details of all of our sessions, presenters and exhibitors, and the convention Blog.

Convention always presents a kaleidoscope of ideas, connections and choral refreshment, and this year’s will be no exception, inspiring and challenging in equal measure.

Five strands weave through the programme, focusing on: young choirs; choral music & the community; technique; repertoire; and a bank of essential management and administration knowledge.

We feature the outstanding education work of Opera North and the Diocese of Leeds Singing Programme, both schemes reaching thousands of children.

How can we make choral music more richly diverse? Our community and access sessions will inspire you to meet this huge challenge, starting with a plenary seminar on diversity.

To invigorate your technique, we welcome Charles MacDougall, Craig Lees (pop and contemporary techniques) and Jenevora Williams on choral misconceptions. There are many conducting masterclasses, including the opportunity to conduct a typical local choir and a children’s choir. New this year are sessions on orchestral conducting in partnership with Making Music, welcoming a local amateur orchestra.

The knowledge bank examines administrative and legal matters and provides vital tools for managing volunteers and working with boards and committees.

You’ll return from Convention with an extraordinary amount of new repertoire:  explore this with Opera North Chorus Master Olly Rundell, Craig Lees, composer Vytautas Miškinis and Janet Oates (Contemporary Music for All), alongside the ever-brilliant publishers’ repertoire sessions.

Our Gala Concert on Saturday evening features three diverse choirs: New Dublin Voices, Leeds Contemporary Singers, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Boys’ Choir. It’s going to be a great evening!

Convention closes with Ethel Smyth’s glorious Mass in D under the superb direction of Neil Ferris – a final session to delight and inspire. Not to be missed!