Monday, November 20, 2017

Four ways that your choir can begin a song badly – and how to correct them

It’s wonderful when a choir starts a song in a crisp and precise way. But there are so many ways in which this can go wrong.

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How can we ensure that every singer gets off to a good start?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Why it’s vital to include voice training in your choir leading

I’m just back from leading a singing weekend for singers who want to improve their small group harmony singing skills. We focused quite a lot on blending which required us to look at vocal technique.


But should you make space for this kind of work in your regular choir? Or have people just come to sing?

Monday, November 06, 2017

Is it time to hand your choir over to another leader?

Nothing lasts forever and change can be a good thing.

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There comes a time when it might benefit everyone if you hand your choir over to somebody else. Why would you want to do that?

Monday, October 30, 2017

8 reasons why choir leaders should go to more singing workshops

Recently I went to an amazing weekend for choir leaders led by Stephen Taberner of The Spooky Men’s Chorale.

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I don’t spend enough time on the receiving end so found it thoroughly refreshing and stimulating. Here’s why it’s good for you.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mixed tenor sections: the weirdness of men and women singing the same note

Many community choirs have mixed tenor sections with men and women singing the same part.

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That’s when things can get weird! Let’s look at what’s going on.

Monday, October 16, 2017

How to keep your performances interesting

Is it enough for your choir to stand in front of an audience and just sing?



Or do you need to make your performances more ‘interesting’ somehow?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Make your choir leading easier by doing less

Many choir leaders believe that they’re indispensable, that their choir only functions when they’re out front leading.

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But this can be stressful and doesn’t take into account the choir’s ability as a whole. Here’s how to make your choir leading easier.