Sunday, March 25, 2012

Does a community make a choir, or does a choir create a community?

I’ve written before about how hard it is to get a cross-section of ages and genders in your choir (How to recruit singers to truly reflect your local community).

Portuguese harvest

But maybe that’s because we don’t have strong communities any more – at least not here in the UK.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

First choir rehearsal is great, then it’s all down hill!

It’s the first week of the new choir. Everyone is having fun, songs are being learnt at a cracking pace, the whole room is in tune with each other, things are really cooking!


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Then the following week everything goes pear-shaped and things fall apart. It’s as if everyone has lost their way, has forgotten how to sing and can’t remember any of the songs! What’s going on here?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The social side of singing: any excuse for a tea break!

When I’m booked to run a singing workshop for someone, I always make sure that I get there early. I usually arrive to find people milling around, chatting and drinking tea.

tea break

The hardest part of the day is to then get them singing!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Don’t sing what you don’t know (or don’t like)

“I hate this song!”
Well, don’t sing it then.
“No, it’s OK, I’ll do it”.