Monday, August 18, 2014

How many breaks should you have on a singing weekend?

People pay good money to come on a singing workshop and want to sing as much as they can.

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But everyone needs a break. How do you find the balance between singing and time off?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Where do you find all your songs?

This is a question I’m often asked at my singing workshops, especially by people starting out as choir leaders.

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photo by James Vaughan

There is often the assumption that I must have travelled to all the countries that I teach songs from and maybe even speak the languages. Not true!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Your job as a choir leader is to disappear

In David Zweig’s recent book he talks about Invisibles: people who are unseen when their job is done perfectly (who only draw attention to themselves when things go wrong).

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It got me thinking that most of a choir leader’s job is invisible to the wider public. So why not just disappear when the next concert rolls around?

Monday, July 28, 2014

If some singers want more and some want less, then you must be doing something right!

I aim to please everyone in my choirs and singing workshops. I know it’s an impossible task (see Keeping a choir happy – you can’t please everyone), but still I try.

big and small
photo by DurhamDundee

But how do you know when you’ve got the balance right and you’re keeping the majority happy?

Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s summer – where have all the choir gone??!!

The evening’s are lighter, the weather is warmer, the songs are amazing, the singing’s as good as ever – it’s summer!

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Sunday school by Ansel Adams

So where has everybody gone? Why are people not turning up to choir?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Never let the fake perfection of pop singers put you off singing

A Britney Spears recording has recently escaped into the wild which demonstrates that without Auto-Tune her singing can be less than perfect (Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune – which may have been removed by the time you read this!).

102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2013 Concert at the Home Depot Center in Carson California on May 11, 2013

Shock horror! Pop singers are only human so don’t be put off by their apparent perfection — it’s all smoke and mirrors.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Regular weekly choir or drop-in singing group? – the pros and cons

Some choirs and singing groups meet frequently, often once a week, requiring a high level of commitment. Others meet less frequently and work on a drop-in basis with no requirement to attend every session.

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There are advantages and disadvantages to each kind of group. Here are some pros and cons.