‘Dos’ and ‘don’ts’ after a choir performance

Following weeks or months of preparation before a performance, the days afterwards can seem like the perfect time to down tools and take a break. Before you do so, however, it’s worth taking some time to reflect, communicate with your singers and make sure everything is taken care of. Here’s some ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ to ensure this process runs smoothly:

Do give your choir some positive feedback. Thank them for their efforts and for the time they took before and on the performance day learning, perfecting and performing their repertoire. If there were any stand-out moments (just the good ones) make sure you tell them. Also thank anyone who took on additional tasks such as organising the choir back of house, sound, bar etc.

Don’t¬†point out any things that didn’t go right. Your singers want to be pleased and proud with their effors; it’s not the time to lingers on the negatives. It can really damage your choir’s morale if your response to a performance is to point out all the things that they could do better next time. No one goes on the stage with the intention of going wrong and there is always the element in live performance where nerves can get in the way of even the best prepared singers. Instead, make a note to yourself of any areas which you think you can improve on next time and work on these as part of your following rehearsals.

Do make notes for yourself about the performance and its logistics. Did the venue work for your choir? Was the sound system good? Did the timings work? Was the programme the right length/balance of songs. Make your own judgements and also note any feedback you may have got from choir or audience members. This information will prove important when planning future performances. It’s much better to make these notes when everything is still fresh in your mind rather than a few days later.

Don’t forget to check the financial outcome of the concert against your budget. As well as judging the musical success of a performance it’s also important to check the finances, make sure they are correct and then pay any outstanding costs you may have such as final balances for roomhire, staff or equiptment promtly.

Do make sure that once you have covered all of the above you take a moment to reflect and feel proud of arranging a great performance and give yourself a well deserved rest so that you are fresh and raring to go for the next rehearsal.


Comments on ‘Dos’ and ‘don’ts’ after a choir performance

  1. Avatar Hammed kayode says:

    I really appreciate this, it came just when I needed it. But can negative aspects be mentioned during rehearsals or if not when can it be noted for improvements to be made?
    Look forward to hear from you.

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      Hi Hammed. Thanks for commenting. Personally, I think it’s absolutely fine to address ‘negative’ aspects of the performance in subsequent rehearsals, but I wouldn’t necessarily refer to an issue as having been poor in performance.

      So, for example, if the choir’s entry at a particular point in a piece was hesitant, I wouldn’t point that out explicitly after the performance, but I’d make a note for myself so that next time we rehearsed that piece, I would practice that entry to ensure that it was confident.

      Of course, after a performance, you might not rehearse a piece again for a long time, until you want to perform it again.

  2. Avatar Mcabangayi. says:

    Thank you for the hints to the Dos and Don’ts following a choir performance. You have opened my ears and eyes to apply only the positive aspects the next time after having staged a show. I really appreciate.

    What about during rehearsal sessions? is it right to indicate the negative aspects of the choirs performance or we should focus on the encouraging remarks only.

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Hi Mcabangayi,

      Thanks for your message, I’m really glad you found the article useful in terms of how we interact with our choir after the performance. For me yes absolutely we should address any issues we think need improving in our rehearsals but it’s not necessary to relate them to a performance that has already taken place as this will serve no other purpose than to make them think they did a bad job. I think positive focus on development is the way forward.

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