Sunday, April 01, 2012

Invent a singing workshop (and win a free place)

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for singing workshops.

lumberjack song

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I’ve pretty much covered all the bases so far: gospel, Eastern European, sacred songs, ABBA, Beatles, Beach Boys, Paul Simon, 60s California, World Music, Sing Africa, Rhythm and Voice, Songs from the British Isles, Men’s harmony singing, Classic Pop, Songs from the  60s, and more  ...

I’m running out of ideas, so I thought I’d hand it over to you.

win a free place on a singing workshop

Simply think up a brand new exciting topic for a singing workshop, together with an attractive title. If I choose to run the one you've sent in, then you will win a free place on it. And if you’re not in the UK, you’ll win two world music choir CDs instead.

You can enter as many times as you like, just contact me with your ideas.

You can also click here to enter via Facebook.

Deadline is 1st May and I'll announce a winner (if any!) by 14th May.

Tell all your friends, the more the merrier!

can choirs sing pop, jazz and blues?

Many of you know my views on choirs singing pop songs (see Why choirs shouldn’t sing pop songs), but I’m open to persuasion.

Many of the competition entries I’ve had so far include things like Jazz, blues and soul; Sing the sixties; Dusty Springfield; Doo wop. I guess people suggest the kinds of songs they like to sing and/ or listen to. My problem is: I’m not sure that a choir can do them justice.

So ... I’d love for you to send in some great examples of largish (30+) choirs singing jazz, blues, soul or pop without any musical accompaniment (or backing tracks!) and no soloists (it’s easy to have a soloist and a backing group). I’m looking for good, choral arrangements of this stuff.

Leave a comment with a link to a YouTube video or other source so we can all have a listen.

I’d love to be proved wrong!


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