When I started out as a choir leader, I was completely at sea! I had sung in choirs for many years, but had only a tiny amount of experience as a conductor. I had a good track record as a lawyer, including advocacy, training and public speaking, but that was all in a professional context […]
As your choir grows and develops, you may have the opportunity to stage a concert yourselves and be wholly in charge of its style and content. There can be significant benefits to choosing a theme that will tie all the content together. I’m not suggesting that every concert you do has to have a theme, […]
In this episode we give you 14 top tips to keep your choir rehearsals fresh while you learn new music and prepare it for performance.
It’s three years now since I undertook my choral conducting course. Living on the south coast of England, I was lucky enough to be in easy travelling distance of London, which meant that I could undertake the Association of British Choral Directors’ intermediate course. Starting out I was just starting out with my choir and […]
When we rehearse choirs week in, week out, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. Everyone sits in the same place and gets used to hearing the same voices in their ears. Some will come to depend on having those voices near to them. Even if you have no intention of performing in any different […]
When I first began my contemporary choir five years ago, I had no idea what I had started. I thought to myself that I’d be happy if I could entice 20 singers to join me to see what we could achieve. I live in a coastal village with a good strong community spirit and before […]
In this episode we talk about the importance of score preparation in creating great rehearsals and performances for your choir, and we take you step by step through our score preparation method.
Choir leaders are music lovers. When it comes to selecting repertoire, it can be very easy to get carried away. There’s nothing wrong with making ambitious choices, but the music you choose has to suit your choir. Here are some questions to keep in mind. What sort of choir do you lead? Singers join a choir because they […]