Monday, March 28, 2016

Why returning to your choir after a long absence need not be difficult

Sometimes life intervenes and singers need to take a whole term off or even longer. It could be illness, bereavement, job demands or just that it’s good to have a break from time to time.

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But when it’s time to return to choir there can be all sorts of psychological obstacles, and some singers never make it back. How can you avoid this?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Singing in a group is a learnt skill – if you find it hard, it doesn’t mean you can’t sing

Many people won’t consider joining a choir or going to a singing workshop because they believe they can’t ‘sing’.

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Yet ask them to sing something familiar like Happy Birthday and they have no problem. What’s going on here?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Does you choir need a conductor?

The OK Chorale had their annual concert this weekend. There were over 40 singers squeezed into quite a tight space and I stood out front and conducted them. We were supported by the 13 women of Heartbeat who had no conductor.

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How big does your choir need to be to warrant someone being out front? Can a large choir do without a conductor?

Monday, March 07, 2016

The costs of cancelling a concert or singing workshop (and ways to avoid it in the first place)

I wrote recently about how to decide whether to cancel a concert or singing workshop.

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It’s a difficult decision to make, but even when you’ve made it there are plenty of repercussions to take into account.