Monday, July 18, 2016

How to find a suitable choir to join

Someone was looking to find choirs in our area. They Googled a bit, but they didn’t find my choir even though it’s mentioned on several websites.

Hackney Singers

This made me realise that there’s an art to Googling choirs and maybe some directories that people don’t know about. Here’s a guide to finding the right choir for you.

Monday, July 11, 2016

“This is the right space, and these are the right people” – working with the singers you’ve got, not those you hoped for

A singing session is coming up and you’re excited. It will be in a grand hall with loads of singers!

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photo by Pierre-Henry Muller

But the day comes and it’s a tiny space and only a handful turn up. How can you manage your expectations and work with what you’ve got?

Monday, July 04, 2016

Why singing together is a great healer

The world can be a scary and upsetting place. Here in the UK we’re witnessing political infighting, uncertain futures, austerity measures and a rise in racism.

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photo by Dainis Matisons

But singing together can be a great antidote. Here’s why.

Monday, June 27, 2016

How to plan a singing workshop when you don’t know who’s coming

Most weeks when I lead my choir I know which singers are going to turn up.

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But when I run a one-off workshop, I often don’t know who will be coming. How can you be prepared for the unknown?

Monday, June 20, 2016

What you can learn from singing workshops to become a better singer or workshop leader

None of us is perfect. There are always things we can do to improve our singing or teaching abilities.

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We can learn how to do that at every single rehearsal or singing workshop we attend. Here’s what I learnt from a recent singing workshop – and how you can too.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Choir committees and how to handle them 3: the advantages of a good committee

I’ve written about the things that can go wrong with choir committees, now it’s time to celebrate the good bits.

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A good committee can be a huge benefit to any choir.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Choir committees and how to handle them 2: when committees go bad

Having a good committee can be a huge benefit to a choir.

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But having a bad committee can be horrid and even destructive. Here are some common problems and how to deal with them.