Sunday, July 31, 2011

STAB, TABS or ASSBAT – how does your choir line up?

Last week I looked at the pros and cons of traditional choir formation vs. mixing parts up (Flying in choir formation – placing singers effectively).

barbershop choir

Photo by sludgegulper

Whichever approach you choose, there are still several choices to be made.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Flying in choir formation – placing singers effectively

Last week I looked at how singers choose where to stand in their section (Don’t stand too close to me! – finding the right place to stand in your choir). But that assumes that your choir is divided up with all singers in any given part standing together.

Mixed choir

Photo by laihiu

But it is also possible to have a mixed formation with individual singers from different parts standing next to each other. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these two alternatives?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Don’t stand too close to me! – finding the right place to stand in your choir

In some formal choirs you’re told exactly where to stand when performing. There is often a fixed set-up which varies little from concert to concert.

gasworks choir

Photo by nicksarebi

However, in most community choirs, even though the separate parts might have fixed positions, where you stand within your part is up to you. How do you choose the right place to be?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What’s the worst that can happen? Dealing with performance nerves

The OK Chorale are not a performing choir (yet!), but after two terms of hard (but fun!) work, we’ve invited some friends and family along next week to hear some of the songs we’ve learnt.


Photo by Melissa Segal

I’m trying to keep it very low key as it’s the first time many people will have performed so there will be a lot of nerves about. How can we deal with these anxieties?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

How singing together creates communities

Singing together creates a real sense of community. Sometimes a choir arises from an existing community, but other times the creation of a choir builds a brand new one.


Photo by niallkennedy

In most cases people come together simply because they love to sing, but in others there is a real need to join a community of like-minded souls.