Monday, April 25, 2016

I know over 600 songs so how come I can’t think of one when somone asks?

I added it up the other day and I’ve taught over 600 songs in 3- and 4-part harmony over the last 15 years or so.

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photo by Eric Kilby

But when someone unexpectedly asks me to teach or sing a song, I can’t think of one! What’s that about?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Neither fish nor fowl – why most singers don’t fit neatly into SATB boxes

You know the situation: one harmony part goes too high for you, but the other option goes way too low.

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The fact is that most of us don’t fit neatly into SATB boxes. What are we to do?

Monday, April 11, 2016

When nobody comes to your concert or workshop – how to avoid or recover from a marketing fail

You’ve put all the time and hard work into publicising your next concert or workshop, but then hardly anybody turns up.

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How do you figure out what went wrong? It’s all about the what, the when and the where.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Stuck in a rut? 10 ways to revitalise your choir

It happens to the best of us: choir used to be fun, but now it seems to have lost its sparkle.

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What can we do to get out of a rut? Here are 10 ways to revitalise your choir.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Why returning to your choir after a long absence need not be difficult

Sometimes life intervenes and singers need to take a whole term off or even longer. It could be illness, bereavement, job demands or just that it’s good to have a break from time to time.

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But when it’s time to return to choir there can be all sorts of psychological obstacles, and some singers never make it back. How can you avoid this?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Singing in a group is a learnt skill – if you find it hard, it doesn’t mean you can’t sing

Many people won’t consider joining a choir or going to a singing workshop because they believe they can’t ‘sing’.

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Yet ask them to sing something familiar like Happy Birthday and they have no problem. What’s going on here?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Does you choir need a conductor?

The OK Chorale had their annual concert this weekend. There were over 40 singers squeezed into quite a tight space and I stood out front and conducted them. We were supported by the 13 women of Heartbeat who had no conductor.

Children in Need Community Choir  - Chris Rowbury

How big does your choir need to be to warrant someone being out front? Can a large choir do without a conductor?