Monday, July 17, 2017

Do everything you can to support your choir leader – they’re the only one you’ve got!

For the last two weeks I’ve been looking at how to sustain your choir as it grows and develops.

human pyramid

Last week I considered ways to persuade choir members to help run the choir. This week I want to look at how your choir leader’s uniqueness can make your choir vulnerable.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

Choir growing pains: how to sustain your choir as it grows and develops

This post is part of a series of occasional Questions and Answers. Just use the contact form if you want to submit a question.

Question
Hannah writes:

“Our choir started in 2013 very informally with a small membership and modest organisation. We have gone from strength to strength in terms of the quality of our singing and repertoire, membership, community grant, website, the availability of practice recordings for each voice part and each song ... the list goes on!

“We have always had a committee run by volunteers, with a constitution. Inevitably there is a very limited group of people who are stepping up to take committee roles, and after four years there is only so much that can be asked of people.

Monday, June 26, 2017

5 ways to keep things fresh when you’re being taught a song you already know

At any singing workshop I run there will probably be someone who already knows one of the songs I’m teaching.

songbook
photo by Sludge G

If that is you, what are your options for staying interested?

Monday, June 19, 2017

The ‘good enough’ singer or how to enjoy performing with your choir

I am often faced with a sea of frowns as singers struggle to get a song ‘right’. The frowns even appear during performances when songs have been well-rehearsed.

singing audition

This self-doubt can begin to pervade everything and then singers start to believe that they’re not good enough.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The nuts and bolts of running a singing workshop – 10 practical tips

I ran a day of singing last weekend and whilst I was setting out the tea and biscuits and putting up tables, I realised that the practical side of running a workshop is at least as important as the singing.

Felden 2016 (5)

Here are 10 handy tips from my experience over the last 20 years.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Does the choir you’re in reveal your political leanings?

An opinion piece this week based on personal observations.

protest singers
photo by Roger Blackwell

Here in the UK a general election is looming and I’m wondering whether the type of choir you’re in reveals your political stance.