Monday, April 12, 2021

When will it be safe to sing together again in person?

Many of you won’t have sung with others in a physical space for several months, or even a year or more.

As vaccination roll-out increases and restrictions are eased in many countries, when will it be safe to sing together again in person?

Monday, April 05, 2021

How to sing a drone of staggering beauty

A drone is a note continuously sounded throughout most or all of a song.

 

But singers have to breathe, so how can this be achieved?

Monday, March 29, 2021

If you don’t sing (or lead a choir), are you still a ‘singer’ (or ‘choir leader’)?

Many of you won’t have sung with others or led a choir over the last year.


Does that mean you can’t call yourself a ‘singer’ or ‘choir leader’ any more?

Monday, March 22, 2021

The biscuits for my singing workshops have gone stale. Have I gone stale too?

It’s been a year since I last led a singing workshop with real live people together in a room.

Ship's biscuit, SS Great Britain, 1874

When it becomes possible to lead singing sessions again, will I still be able to do it?

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas everyone!

I couldn’t let Christmas pass without a final post before this blog goes into ‘pause’ mode (see Time to hit pause on this blog).


 

Also, being a numbers nerd, I needed to publish post number 800 to finish on a round number!

Monday, December 14, 2020

Time to hit pause on this blog

I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been writing this weekly blog for 14 years – that’s 798 articles!


I haven’t missed a single week in all that time. Until now.

Monday, December 07, 2020

Find new songs for the winter and festive season

It’s the time of year when many choirs roll out their familiar winter repertoire. Whether it be Christmas carols or Hanukkah songs, they tend to be the same old favourites.

But what if you want to try something different? Here are some resources for discovering new songs for the winter festivals.