Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode, we we work through a step-by-step review of our latest choir season and discuss how reviewing your season can make the next one even better.
When your choir performs, it’s a chance to show off all the repertoire you’ve been working hard to learn, a chance for your singers to experience the buzz of a live audience, and above all it’s just plain exciting. As a choir leader it’s always important to remember that in addition to all these things, every […]
There are great reasons to use scores when you rehearse your choir. They shorten the ‘notebashing’ process because everyone has the text and notes in front of them. It’s easier to navigate a piece in rehearsal when you can simply direct everyone to a particular place in the score. Singers can make notes and alterations […]
When you run a choir week in week out, it’s inevitable that there will be times when you’re simply not in the mood. It happens to the best of us; after all we’re only human. You may feel tired or a bit grumpy. Whatever you’re feeling, when you walk into your rehearsal room, it’s vital that […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode, we discuss practical strategies that you can use at every choir rehearsal to keep your singers engaged and get the results you want.
I firmly believe that a successful contemporary choir is one which works together. This is particularly important when striving for a big rock sound or upbeat pop feel. As a choir leader, it’s important that you lead and guide your choir. However, simply dictating every aspect of the performance may not achieve the results you want. […]
When we lead a choir, we’re in charge. The choir leader is the final musical arbiter of the group. However, we’re also collaborating in making music with our singers. After all, if they didn’t sing, we’d look pretty silly standing there waving our arms in silence! It can sometimes be tricky to navigate the right […]
At the moment, my choir is busy rehearsing for our village music festival. It’s our very own mini-Glastonbury with an extended weekend packed with live music, craft stalls and amazing food and drink. It’s definitely one of the highlights of our performance calendar. A couple of weeks ago, I was panicking that I didn’t have enough […]