Monday, August 24, 2015

Planning ahead: leave space for the unexpected

Many choir leaders will be using the long break to plan their next season.

falling rock
photo by webmink

But be careful not to over-plan or you won’t be able to respond to the unexpected.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Get out of your singing rut and try something new – it will make you a better singer

I’ve written before about how you can use the long choir break to get better at what you do.

duet
photo by troy

One way is to attend singing workshops lead by a variety of different leaders. It’s a great opportunity to try something new.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Choir leaders: who’ll replace you when you’re gone?

Nothing lasts forever. There will come a time when you will leave your choir and need someone else to take over.

When you're gone

Who will you hand over to and how easy is it to do? Let’s look at some options.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Making the most of your singing voice – it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it

We are not all born equal. Some have longer legs which helps them to win at hurdles or the high jump. Some have longer fingers which helps them to play jazz chords on the piano.

animal singing
photo by muzina_shanghai

But what you are born with need not limit what you do. It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it that counts.

Monday, July 20, 2015

What is your measure of success? – choir leading and self-reflection

How do you know if a choir session or singing workshop or performance has been a success?

success
photo by shadowkilla_tk

And if it has gone badly, how does that feed back into your teaching and choir directing?

Monday, July 13, 2015

How men sing (Part 1) – amazing examples from across the globe #getmensinging

Many choirs have a shortage of male singers. Most of my singing workshops attract just 10% men. Is it just a problem here in the UK?

Wise_Guys_Tanzbrunnen_2011
photo by Matthias Zepper

In an attempt to get more men singing, I’m going to share some amazing examples of men singing together from all over the world.