In this episode, we look at some practical strategies that you can use with your choir to give effective instructions that your singers will remember and put into action.
When we’re leading a choir, we want its attention. There can be times when noise levels begin to rise and singers don’t seem to be as focused as you’d like them to be. Don’t take offence, this is in many ways the nature of any group of people brought together for an acivity. It doesn’t […]
It’s been bothering me for a while that when I want to publicise my chamber choir, I don’t have any really good photos of it. We’ve managed to accumulate some quite good snaps taken by friends and family at concerts, but none of them really encapsulated what I think our choir is about. So this […]
I’ll never forget the conducting advice I received from a friend when I was starting my choir. She simply and rather mystically said ‘you will find your way’. ‘I don’t have a way’, I thought, but sure enough before long I was waving my arms around with the best of them finding ways to communicate what […]
In this episode, we ask what’s the point of vocal warm-ups and exercises and how they benefit our choirs.
I always like to reflect on my own current experiences in these articles and last weekend I sang at a family wedding. Obviously, a solo performance is very different from leading a choir, but as I was shaking and trying to steady my heart rate as I got up in the church, it got me thinking […]
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 […]