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How to handle difficult people and retain your inner calm

In this article, I want to turn to the difficult subject of difficult people. As a caveat before we go any further, I should say that that term is a shorthand. Most people aren’t ‘difficult’ by nature, and if they are, it may be beyond their control or for a perfectly understandable reason. Part of […]

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The importance of taking a break from your choir

The importance of taking a break from your choir

We all need a holiday from time to time, but taking a break from running your choir can be one of the hardest things to do. When I was starting out, I used to work straight through the year, barely taking any time off, but I learned that that wasn’t doing me, or my choir, any favours. […]

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When your choir doesn’t ‘get’ warm-ups

When your choir doesn't 'get' warm-ups

In your work as a choir leader, you may have come across singers who just don’t ‘get’ the point of warm-ups. You’ll see them skulking at the back of the choir, mumbling their way through the exercises you’ve carefully chosen for a rehearsal. If you get the chance to chat to these people, they’ll say […]

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Beyond notes & lyrics: focusing on dynamics with your choir

Beyond notes & lyrics: focusing on dynamics with your choir

Some time ago after working on a new piece, I listened to my choir sing through it. Having grasped some tricky timing and rhythms they were pleased as punch with it and sang the whole thing at the top of their voices. While they had delivered the song correctly in terms of lyrics, tune and timing, […]

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4 top tips for working with scores in your choir

4 top tips for working with scores in your choir

Giving your choir printed scores from which to learn has distinct advantages over teaching by ear, not least that the choir can read the music in front of them and save a lot of time in rehearsal. However, there are challenges as well, the most obvious being that the choir can be tempted to look at […]

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How to stay on track in mid-season choir rehearsals

How to stay on track in mid-season choir rehearsals

There’s always a tremendous feeling of enthusiasm at the beginning of a season, with new music to introduce to the choir, a fresh performance to work towards and perhaps some new warm-ups to throw into the mix. However, in my experience, there’s a tricky phase in the middle of the season where we have learned the basic elements […]

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