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.

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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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

If you’re looking for new singers, don’t expect them to come to you

You’ve put your fliers out, spread the word, mentioned it on Facebook, but still you find it hard to recruit new singers.

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If you’re asking someone to try something unfamiliar, you need to make the effort to take it to their home territory – don’t expect them to come to you.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Singing – the more you do it, the worse you get!

You work on a song in choir week after week, but slowly things seem to get worse. You worry about getting the words right, you can’t seem to remember the second part of the melody, your voice stops hitting the high notes.

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photo by Alex Proimos

What’s going on? Here’s what I think ...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dress to impress – choosing suitable outfits for your choir

As many regular readers will know, I hate a choir in uniform.



However, it is a good idea to have some kind of unifying dress code and also to show your audience that you’ve made an effort. Here are some ideas to consider.