Monday, September 01, 2014

If not now, when? – start singing NOW!

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready.” Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie
photo by Fido

Especially when that day may never come when you truly feel ‘ready’. So start singing now!

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to sing – the definitive guide

“How to sing” is one of the most common requests I get. The answer is simple: open your mouth and let the sound out.

The_Idea_of_North FLIPPED
photo by Spekoek

I’m not being facetious, it’s as simple as that. But when someone asks that question, they’re usually hiding a deeper one. Let’s look at what they really want to know and see what the answers are.

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.

lazing-around
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.

listening device
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).

choirmaster

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!

school attendance
Sunday school by Ansel Adams

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