For many of us, the long summer vacation is coming to an end and children will be heading back to school for a new term. I love this time of year, with its autumnal chill and the promise of great things ahead. September, much more than January, is the time when I like to plan […]
As choir leaders, we are always striving to produce the best possible sound with our choirs. Whatever type of choir you lead, there’s always something more to learn and something that can be improved. The trick is to inspire your singers into achieving greatness rather than to nag or chastise them, which will only end […]
In this episode, we go back to basics and look at the essential decisions that we need to make when we’re starting out as choir leaders.
Over the years that Christine and I have been running our choirs, we’ve discovered all sorts of online tools that help us to do our job to the best of our ability. Most of these tools are free, at least when used on a small scale. Here are my recommendations for services that can help […]
With our contemporary and chamber choirs, we spend a lot of time learning our repertoire thoroughly. We also spend a lot of time focusing on the physical aspects of technique – posture, diction, facial expression, breathing. Occasionally, I think that with all the focus on the detail of rehearsal and performance, we can lose the essential, […]
Running a sucessful choir is a little bit like cooking a lovely meal. It takes time, skill, the right ingredients and lots of love! As a choir leader, you will inevitably ask yourself ‘how do I retain singers’? This is something you have to consider both from the very start as you build up your […]
In this episode, we talk about how to balance our choir rehearsals so that we give new members a chance to learn established repertoire while keeping our existing singers happy.
Opinion seems to be divided on tea breaks. Some choirs have them mid-way during a rehearsal, some at the end and some not at all. At our Total Voice choir rehearsals, we have a break about halfway through and we offer tea, coffee and biscuits. This seems to suit both our choirs very well, but we’ve […]