Monday, October 15, 2018

Why you need many different ways of telling your singers the same thing

As I started yet another singing workshop, I realised that I say pretty much the same thing in the introduction each time.

repeated words

That got me thinking: if singers hear exactly the same thing too many times, they’ll just zone out. How can we avoid that?

Monday, October 08, 2018

Why are some ‘easy’ songs hard (and vice versa)?

Sometimes I start a singing session off with what I consider to be an easy song.

Alka-Seltzer_Song_Book
photo from Wellcome Images

But the group end up struggling and it turns out to be really hard! What’s going on here.

Monday, October 01, 2018

If you’re a man, do you have to be a ‘bloke’ in order to sing?

There are plenty of opportunities for men to sing together these days. They are called things like “Sing like a bloke” or you can even go to ‘BlokeFest’.

barbara furtuna

Does that mean that men have to be ‘blokes’ to sing? Of course not!

Monday, September 24, 2018

New singing weekends and new website!

I'm delighted to announce that  a brand new, full responsive version of my website will go live tomorrow, Tuesday 25 September 2018:

chrisrowbury.com

New website screenshot


This will coincide with my twice-yearly newsletter going out to my mailing list where I'll be announcing all my singing weekends up until next June 2019.

The weekends will go on sale on my new website the same day.

If you'd like to go on my mailing list, just pop over to my website to sign up: sign up to Chris's mailing list.

I'd be grateful for any feedback you might have about my new website. It's lovingly hand-crafted by me from a responsive template that I bought. I hope it's easy to navigate and look at on mobile devices.

Do let me know if find anything clunky or can think of any improvements.

Many thanks.

Chris Rowbury


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How to bring harmonies to life when teaching a song

To teach a harmony song to a group, you don’t want whole sections standing around waiting their turn.

choral singers (duetting)
photo by COD Newsroom

Not only should you break the song into chunks, but you should build the harmonies as you go along. Here’s how.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Keeping it fresh: 5 ideas to keep regular choir attenders engaged

We all have our favourite warm ups and our favourite jokes. But if someone comes to choir every week, they may soon get weary of our patter.

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photo by Tobias Toft

How can you keep things fresh so choir members stay engaged? Here are some ideas.

Monday, September 10, 2018

How to prepare new choir members for their first visit

No matter how hard you try to make your choir a friendly, welcoming place, joining a new choir is like starting a new school. It can be frightening.

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photo by Capture Queen

Here are some ideas that may help prepare new members for their first visit to your choir.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Getting ready to go back to choir: 5 ideas to help singers and choir leaders

Many choirs start back in September after their summer break.

Members of the 52nd CBCS do stretching exercises during PT June 10. U. S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp

Here are five things you can do to prepare yourself for a smooth re-entry, whether you’re a singer or a choir leader.