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Does the world really need another choir leader?

Does the world really need another choir leader?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you ever thought to yourself that surely there are people better suited to being a choir leader than you: better musicians; more qualified, more experienced, more likeable? What business have you to lead this choir, with all your faults and inadequacies? If you’ve ever struggled to find the confidence […]

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3 easy ways to improve your conducting today

I was reminded over the weekend of one of the most powerful ways you can improve your conducting – watch other conductors. I was lucky enough to attend an all-day masterclass event run by the Assocation of British Choral Directors and led by tutors Neil Ferris and Jo Tomlinson. About a dozen conductors participated and […]

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How to integrate new singers into your choir

Recruiting new singers into an established choir is a balancing act. You want to make the choir accessible to newbies, but you don’t want to bore the old hands. You also have many other considerations about what you rehearse and when. Here are few tips to help you deal with integrating new choir members. Recruit deliberately You […]

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