About Us

About Us

The Choral Leadership Network is based at the Hallé in Manchester, and brings together the experience and expertise of a number of partners from across the country involved in choral activity and training.

Together, we aim to promote the quality, profile and opportunities for choral singing and training across the North West and beyond.

Anna Stutfield - Choral Leadership Network Co-ordinator

Anna is the person responsible for the coordination of the events, the website and all CLN activity. If you have any questions about any part of the Choral Leadership Network, or training in general, please contact Anna directly here.


Our Partners

  • abcd


    The Association of British Choral Directors (abcd) is the only UK organisation which is devoted entirely to supporting those leading choral music, both amateur and professional. We are committed to promoting, improving and maintaining opportunities for the professional development of all those leading singing of any kind, whether in the classroom or in the community. Our 700+ members represent nearly 2000 choral groups and include teachers, composers, singers and students, leading singing of all kinds.

  • Bharatiya Vrund Gaan - The Indian Choir


    Bharatiya Vrund Gaan: The Indian Choir for Adults 

    SHIVA: The Indian Choir for Youth 

    Artistic Director: Rakesh Joshi 

    Varieties of choir songs includes Raga based Tarana, Vedic Chants, Famous Poetry and Songs of Four Seasons. 

    Bharatiya Vrund Gaan (BVG), conceived in 2014. We provide Indian vocal and voice culture related workshops.

    To join the choir and further details please click here

  • Brighter Sound

    Rooted in the North of England with national and international reach, we’ve delivered a programme of exciting, relevant, creative projects and events to support young and emerging musicians for almost 20 years, working with music makers from their early years to their early careers.

    We’ve connected our participants with inspirational artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Beth Orton, Nadine Shah, Everything Everything, Anna Meredith, Imogen Heap, Bugzy Malone and Snarky Puppy. We also deliver a broad programme of grass-roots music making opportunities for children and young people, supporting inclusive music making as the regional strategic partner for Youth Music.

    We are passionate about the political and social relevance of our work, leading and connecting to a wide range of steering groups and research projects across our specialisms.

  • Greater Manchester Music Hub


    Mission Statement: To develop inspirational partnerships between local music services and regional music organisations which enable all children, including the most vulnerable, to enjoy high quality music making from the earliest beginnings and to access a broad range of coherent musical pathways which promote self-confidence, ambition and achievement.

    Music can transform children’s lives and we want to work with local families, schools and other organisations to make sure that all children get the chance to PLAY music, ACHIEVE great things and INSPIRE others.

  • Halle


    The Hallé has a reputation for artistic excellence, ranking it amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles. Now in its 162nd season, the Hallé continues to seek ways to enhance and refresh what it undertakes, with aspirations to provide leadership through performance standards, education, understanding and training. The Hallé is a registered charity.

    Founded by Sir Charles Hallé in Manchester, the Hallé gave its first concert in the city’s Free Trade Hall on 30 January 1858. Following the death of Sir Charles, the orchestra continued to develop under the guidance of such distinguished figures as Dr Hans Richter, Sir Hamilton Harty and Sir John Barbirolli. Sir Mark Elder CH CBE became Music Director in 2000.

    Our vision is to:

    • Lead not follow
    • Set new artistic standards and develop a reputation for them
    • Make a distinctive contribution to promoting Manchester as a significant European cultural centre
    • Strengthen our roots in the community
    • Engage with contemporary culture through embracing new work and vivid presentation

    The Hallé has received many awards, notably from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the South Bank Awards, for its work in the concert hall and celebrated collaborations with other orchestras and Manchester organisations. Its distinguished history of acclaimed performances also includes televised concerts, frequent radio broadcasts and international tours. Since the Hallé launched its own recording label in 2003, a number of its recordings have won prestigious awards, including five Gramophone Awards and a Diapason d’Or. Over a quarter of a million people heard the Hallé live last season, of whom more than 71,000 were inspired by the Hallé’s pioneering education programme.

    Hallé St Peter’s provides a home for the Hallé’s rehearsals and recordings, its choirs and Youth Orchestra, as well as a space for education workshops and small performances. It is also the hub of the Choral Leadership Network.

  • My Music Youth Hub

    My Music Hub

    We work with a range of partners locally and nationally to ensure there is a wide and varied offer to reflect the interests of young people. As part of this we support access to a music education in primary, secondary, special need schools and pupil referral units through our major partner One Education Music They employ a team of specialist music teachers who visit schools to support the teaching of music . Our grant to them also supports seven music centres across the city; two larger centres at Blackley and Chorlton and five smaller specialist centres. These can be accessed at evenings and weekends.

    MyHub (Manchester Music) is part of a network of organisations across England, funded by the Department for Education (DFE) and Arts Council England (ACE), who are responsible for delivering the National Plan for Music.

  • National Youth Choirs of Great Britain


    Originally founded in 1983 as a single ensemble of 100 singers, NYCGB now comprises five choirs of over 800 young people aged 9-25. The choirs meet in the holidays for residential training courses offering intensive rehearsal experience, musicianship training, and individual and group coaching.

    Recent performance highlights include the BBC Proms, Snape Proms, City of London Festival, Durham BRASS, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Sage Gateshead, the Malta International Choral Festival, the American Choral Directors’ Association Conference, the National Youth Choir’s 2016 tour of China and Hong Kong, the Association of British Choral Directors’ Convention, the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concert and a viral music video production of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Balleilakka’.

    NYCGB regularly broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM and records for NYCGB’s own digital record label and enriches the choral tradition with commissions from leading composers through its New Music Programme. Recent commissions include new works by Jonathan Dove, Roxanna Panufnik, Vikki Stone, Errollyn Wallen, Janet Wheeler and Kerry Andrew.

    Nationally, NYCGB works with Music Education Hubs and other partners to support increased access to singing opportunities for young people regardless of background or circumstance. Learning and engagement programmes include delivery of partnership projects in Nottinghamshire, the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cornwall, and provision of workshops for young people and vocal leaders. A growing programme of on-demand activity supplements this strategic work. In 2019, NYCGB will offer more than 40 open activities to non-members, reaching more than 4,000 young people and adults.

  • Opera North

    Opera North

    Our award-winning work tours to theatre stages and concert halls throughout the North and beyond, including to London and major international festivals, and we curate an eclectic artistic programme of gigs, concerts, spoken word and film in the Howard Assembly Room. Our aim is to make bold, innovative, ambitious work and share it in new ways.

    Opera North believes opera and music is for everyone, and champions diversity in artists, repertoire and audiences. Opera North Education connects with communities and inspires each generation, aiming to enhance the health and well-being of people in the communities where we work through arts participation and performance.

    Opera North is grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England and Leeds City Council, sponsorship from the private sector, trusts and individuals, the Friends of Opera North, the Opera North Future Fund and the box office income from its audiences, which allows us to continue to mount our award-winning work.

  • Royal Northern College of Music


    Now in its fifth decade, the RNCM is relatively young, but its rich history spans back to 1893 when Sir Charles Hallé founded the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1973, this institution merged with the Northern School of Music, and the RNCM was born.Today, the College is a thriving conservatoire with around 320 teaching staff and 880 students from nearly 60 different countries.

    Complementing this role, the RNCM is also a vibrant live music venue offering unparalleled opportunities for students to perform regularly to public audiences and to work alongside professional musicians and visiting artists. Housing four major performance spaces, including a professionally-staffed, fully-equipped Theatre and recently refurbished Concert Hall, the College presents more than 400 concerts each year, ranging from RNCM orchestras and ensembles and large-scale opera productions, to a host of touring companies and external hires.

    The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated the RNCM the UK’s leading music college for research and in 2017 the College was ranked Gold in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s first Teaching Excellence Framework. The RNCM has also been awarded two Times Higher Education Awards: Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (2015) and Outstanding International Student Strategy (2016). 

  • Royal School of Church Music

    Royal School Church Music

    The RSCM support and empower all to continually learn and develop and work closely with churches and local communities to provide practical advice, support and tips on how to choose the best music for worship.  Although the RSCM is perhaps best-known for their choral training they also work closely with clergy, singers and the congregation, to help a shared understanding in developing thriving church music that moves with the times as well as celebrating the heritage of church music.

    The RSCM also publishes music and training resources and organises courses, short workshops, and other activities. The RSCM is an international network, with over 8,500 affiliates, members and friends in over 40 countries, supported by over 650 volunteers and a small team of staff based throughout the UK.

  • Sing For Pleasure

    sing for pleasure

    Sing for Pleasure is a national charity. We encourage the enjoyment of better singing in class and choir through four main areas - Conductor training; Singing events and courses; Publications and Scholarships and bursaries.

    We also have a team of first-class tutors and dedicated volunteer support from our loyal members as well as wide range of children’s singing days, adult singing days, festivals and workshop opportunities for singers to develop their personal skills through the ‘Musicianship for Singers’ courses, technique sessions and specialist sessions with vocal experts. There is a well-established and respected Conductor Training Programme providing regular courses both regionally and nationally as well as bespoke conducting courses tailored to suit the needs of the participants.

    There is direct access to bursaries and scholarships for talented individuals funded by a number of charitable trusts and foundations and the John Lewis Partnership, and a range of fully road-tested, reasonably-priced song books to help develop unaccompanied choral singing, from KS1 level right through to mixed voice adult choirs.

  • University of Manchester Music Department

    University of Manchester Music Department

    Music at The University of Manchester holds the position as one of the leading research departments in the country, with a vibrant, diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates, professional musicians and world-leading academics. 

    Due to the size and diversity of the department, we can offer a wide range of modules and musical experiences without compromising on specialist expertise. At the core of our activities is our performance culture. The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama hosts over 100 live music events each year, including Music Society concerts, the Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert Series and the biannual MANTIS Festival run by the NOVARS Research Centre for electroacoustic composition and interactive media.

    Manchester is also home to more professional music-making than any UK city outside of London, including three professional orchestras – the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata – as well as internationally recognised institutions such as the BBC, Bridgewater Hall and Opera North. In recent years the annual Manchester Jazz Festival and biennial Manchester International Festival have firmly secured Manchester’s reputation as a global city for the performing arts.

  • Voices Foundation

    voices foundation

     We transform music in schools by developing teachers' and music educators' knowledge, skills and confidence in how to teach music effectively. Extensive teacher development programmes (led by Voices Foundation Music Consultants) combined with inspiring and immersive choral singing programmes (led by professional Choral Directors) are enriching schools. Our easy-to-use teacher handbooks help schools to make singing a central and regular part of the educational experience for every child. Our workforce of highly skilled Music Consultants and Choral Directors allows us to support schools and organisations across the country.

    Each year we work with around 70 nurseries, primary and secondary schools, 400 teachers and 15,000 children.