Monday, November 23, 2015

Best laid plans – dealing with the unexpected in singing sessions

Always expect the unexpected. No matter how carefully you’ve planned your choir rehearsal or singing workshop, one day something unexpected will happen.

falling cannonballs

You can’t plan for every eventuality, but there are some precautions you can take. Here are some ideas.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Why can’t I sing low notes with more power and volume?

Many men (and some women) complain about not having much vocal power on low notes.

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If you have good power, control and volume in the rest of your range then there’s an easy explanation.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Only connect – a brief introduction to social media for choirs

In case you haven’t noticed: this is the modern world.

social media

If you’re not promoting your choir on social media, then you’re missing a trick. Here’s a handy introduction.

Monday, November 02, 2015

How to sing quietly (without running out of breath)

Some people find it hard to sing quietly. They seem to run out of breath easily and their voice goes all wobbly.

photo by Cristian V.

Why is this and how can you learn to sing quietly?

Monday, October 26, 2015

One recording is worth a thousand photos – use sound to promote your choir

Singing is all about sound, whether it’s a one-day workshop, a live concert or a CD.


I’m amazed at choir websites, concert promotion and singing workshop publicity which is full of photos, but have no sound clips. If you don’t have sound, you’re missing out.

Monday, October 19, 2015

6 ways to stop the strain of other singers relying on you (or you relying on them)

The rehearsal begins and the Altos looks around in panic: “Where’s Carol?” Carol is a strong, confident singer, but she’s not here this week.

Blind leading blind
Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind (detail)

The trouble is, the Alto section has come to rely on Carol, and now that she’s not here, they’re all a bit lost. How has this situation arisen, and what can be done about it?

Monday, October 12, 2015

10 choir website mistakes to avoid (or how to look professional online)

I was trawling through a bunch of choir websites the other day in order to send out some information about a workshop I’m running.


I was amazed how hard it was to contact many of them and in general how badly designed many of the websites were. I’ve come up with 10 mistakes that you should avoid.