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.

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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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

There is no “I” in “choir”

A choir is no place for egos. When you join choir you agree to give up a certain amount of autonomy in order to work together as a team.

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photo by Colin J

That also applies to the choir leader, although many would disagree!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Are you a singer with hearing loss? Steps you can take to make life easier in your choir

Last week there was a guest post about what choir leaders can do to help singers who have hearing loss.

ear trumpet

This week I want to look at steps you can take yourself if you’re a singer who is experiencing hearing loss.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Singers with hearing loss: how choir leaders can help

More and more older singers are in choirs these days. Many of those singers will have some kind of hearing loss.

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Joshua Reynolds "Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man"

How can you, as a choir leader, help them? Here is a guest post by Bettina Gellinek Turner*.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Some people take pride in saying they can’t sing – but is that just fear talking?

You’ll know by now that I believe that everyone can sing.

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Apparently this irritates some people who really think that they can’t sing. Why is that?