Monday, December 02, 2019

Why choirs may choose not to sing Christmas songs

‘Tis the season to be jolly (apparently) and to sing Christmas carols.

But some choirs choose not to include Christmas songs in their repertoire. Why might this be?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Easy Christmas carol arrangements for choirs and audiences

If you’re anything like me, you leave everything to the last minute.

In which case, you might be short of simple arrangements for your Christmas concert. Well, I’m here to help!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Mind the gap between warm up and song: how to ensure vocal technique gets applied

I know an experienced choir leader who has developed problems with his voice.

Although he was aware of his vocal technique during warm ups, it all went out the window when he came to sing. How can you avoid that?

Monday, November 11, 2019

The long and the short of it: height differences in singing groups

I was teaching a group about what might affect the vocal blend when singing harmony in small groups.

Somebody pointed out that it’s much easier if everyone is the same height. This got me thinking …

Monday, November 04, 2019

Let your choir leader know if you have any special needs – they won’t know otherwise

I’m just back from leading a weekend of singing. One of the singers couldn’t read the lyrics I’d provided.

photo by Ian Watson

If only they’d told me beforehand I could have provided large-print words.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Don’t forget the basics when welcoming people who have never sung in a choir before

I started a new pop-up choir project last week. Several of the people who came had never sung in a choir before.

At the beginning of the first session I always try to make everyone welcome, and go through a series of pointers for those who might not have done much singing before. But I was surprised that I left out some of the basics!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Not done it for a while? Can you still do it? – the worries of singers and choir leaders

We’ve all been there. We don’t do something for a while, then start to believe that we’ve lost the knack.

It applies to singers, workshop leaders, song arrangers, choir leaders, song writers – in fact, pretty much all of us! How do we deal with this worry?