In his 1981 book The Composer’s Advocate, Erich Leinsdorf proposed a philosophy of musical performance based on three premises:- 1. Great composers knew what they wanted. 2. The interpreter must have the means at his disposal to grasp the composer’s intentions. 3. Music must be read with knowledge and imagination – without necessarily believing every […]
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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode, we talk about the joys and woes of a choir-leading career and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of doing this job over a long period.
It’s so easy to play it safe. When I became a choir leader, I was completely at sea for a while. I felt that I knew nothing about conducting, choosing repertoire, rehearsing and performing. But I muddled through and gradually accumulated the skills I needed to do a good job (or an adequate one – I’m […]
This is the final part of my series of articles covering some of the basics of how to be a choir leader. We’ve looked at why you might want to take on this role in the first place, what sort of choir might suit your personality and talents, how to use the power of your […]
Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn this episode, we talk about how to find the sometimes delicate balance between working hard for your choir and working too hard for your choir.
Today’s tech-savvy world offers an abundance of tools, often free, that can help you manage and publicise your choir. Even if you’re a total technophobe, you cannot afford to ignore the power of the internet. I’d like to persuade you that with a bit of time, and an openness to new learning, the internet can […]
Many people, including many choir members, think that a choir leader’s job consists of waving their arms around at rehearsals and concerts. We know there’s much more to it than that. Being a choir leader sometimes feels like a complex juggling act. Even if you’re not involved in the day to day management of your choir, […]
Whether you’re just starting out as a choir leader or you’re a seasoned professional tackling a new project, it’s important to consider how your choir is going to be presented to its community. I don’t mean recruitment drives, advertising for individual performances or charitable projects that raise your profile. I mean the fundamentals of how […]