Monday, December 11, 2017

What to do if you catch a cold and a concert is looming

At this time of year many of you will be singing in Christmas concerts.

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It’s also the time of year when there are plenty of bugs around. Here’s a timely reminder of what you can do if you catch a cold and a concert is coming up.

Monday, December 04, 2017

12 false beliefs about singing that can prevent you from even trying – don’t let them stop you!

Many of us had bad singing experiences at school. You might have been kicked out of the choir or told to stand at the back and mime.

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Experiences like that can put you off singing for years, and even if you really want to give it a go in later life there are many ridiculous myths which may prevent you from even trying. Time to explode them!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Is your choir name fit for purpose?

Many choir names are descriptive and give a clear idea of what kind of choir it is.

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But choirs change over time. Maybe your choir name doesn’t fit what you do any longer.

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.