#140 Plan ahead to make 2019 your best year yet - Total Choir Resources

#140 Plan ahead to make 2019 your best year yet


What does 2019 look like for you and your choir? In this episode we give you some planning tools so you can think ahead, get inspired and make it your best one yet!

We’ve created a great planner to accompany this podcast so you can follow along with the activities and create your own ‘away day’ planning session.




Victoria Hopkins

Victoria is a founder and director of Total Choir Resources. She leads Total Voice Chamber Choir in the UK.

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Simone - last month Reply

Hello Victoria and Christine,

I just wanted to give you both some encouragement also from one choir leader to another. I really appreciate the time and dedication you put into creating Total Choir Resources and also Community Pro of which I am a member. Be encouraged that there are MANY of us out in the world reading your articles, listening to your Podcasts and totally appreciative of your knowledge and experience to help us all create a great singing environment wherever we are in the world.

So THANK YOU! God bless and keep doing what you are doing. We love it! Simone

    Christine Mulgrew
    Christine Mulgrew - last month Reply

    Hi Simone,

    Thank you for your wonderful message – you’ve made our day!! :)

    Victoria Hopkins - last month Reply

    Hi Simone. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It really means a lot to us, and we’re so delighted to have you in Community Choir Professionals.

Jean mcgregor - a couple of months ago Reply

Hi Victoria and Christine I started my choir in November of last year 2018 I only had seven members but we wanted to sing in the church, so I got four christmas well known carols. We only had three weeks to rehearse, but they were very keen. This was my very first time leading a choir, I used my iPad got the karaoke music down. This is the first I know of a choir rehearsing and singing to a karaoke. But it went really good and wee enjoyed it. I have been listening to your ( plan a head for 2019 ) I am sure I have new members who are interested, Because of this I am thinking that this year I can use some of your planning ideas and build on 2019. I always enjoy reading your podcast they give me confidence and help when I’m not sure what I’m doing. Many thanks jean

    Christine Mulgrew
    Christine Mulgrew - a couple of months ago Reply

    Hi Jean, Thanks for your message and congratulations on your new choir. Sounds like you’re doing a great job so far and you have a keen group of singers. How exciting to look forward and grow your choir in 2019. You’ll find lot of help and ideas on the site and we’ve got some great articles and podcasts coming up. Wishing you every success, do keep in touch and let us know how it goes.

Pilar - a few months ago Reply


I would love to be able to listen to this podcast on spotify, do consider it please!

Big fan :)

    Victoria Hopkins - a few months ago Reply

    I’ll look into that Pilar.

MAXINE MCFARLANE - a few months ago Reply

Thankyou so much for your planning ideas. I’m feeling quite overwhelmed after a difficult year with the choir experiencing many illnesses and absences – including me! This has clarified what needs to be done and has given me confidence to get on with it!

    Victoria Hopkins - a few months ago Reply

    Hi Maxine. We all have challenging phases with our choirs. I’m glad to hear that we were able to help focus your thinking.

    Christine Mulgrew
    Christine Mulgrew - a few months ago Reply

    Hey Maxine,

    Sorry to hear you’ve had a challenging year. So glad to hear the podcast has helped.

    I wish you a happy and amazing 2019.

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