Monday, October 10, 2016

The choir leader’s guide to catching a cold

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s the season of coughs and sneezes.

photo by Allan Foster

In case you’ve not managed to catch your first cold of the season at choir, here’s a handy guide to get you started.

I know some of you choir and singing workshop leaders out there haven't managed your first cold of the season yet. Shame on you!

Here is a handy guide to get you started.
  1. Gather a bunch of people from different areas (to make sure you get plenty of different types of cold virus) and put them in a warm room with not much ventilation.
  2. Get them to breathe deeply and send those lovely virus particles out into the room so everyone else can breathe them in. Encourage the singing of sustained notes to help this process along.
  3. Make sure to promote lots of intermingling, close conversations and handshakes. That should work.
  4. But if that doesn't do the trick, make sure that your rehearsals are unmissable so choir members are so keen to attend that they drag themselves off their death beds and turn up to share all those lovely germs.
  5. Repeat as necessary.

Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

PS choir members might like to read Keep it to yourself! – why colds, singing and choirs don’t mix.

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Chris Rowbury



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