Is it time for a break?

We’re pretty sure you’ll agree 2020 has been a year like no other! For the last few months we have closed down rehearsals, gone online with our choirs, learned a whole new set of choir-leading skills, not to mention all the tech we’ve needed to get to grips with. BUT, we’ve seen amazing results with community spirit, the joy of singing and solidarity stronger than ever before.

Phew! That’s a lot.

So, with that in mind here’s three great reasons why we think you should take a break in August, whether you’re in the middle of summer or the depths of winter right now. The last few months have been FULL-ON. Here are some of the benefits of taking a break.

Time for yourself to relax and recharge

We’ve been hearing lockdown stories for months about people with a lot of extra time on their hands, but for many choir leaders, things have been as busy as ever – just different. Taking time out for yourself will really help you relax and do some of the things you love, such as reading a good book or getting out in the fresh air. This will help you return to choir (whether that’s in person or virtually) with a fresh outlook and a renewed energy – great for you and your singers.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

If you usually take a break around this time of year, your singers may well be ready for a rest from their weekly schedules too. With rules in many countries now more relaxed, people will likely be travelling and spending time with family and friends. You may find attendance drops. Taking a break can be the perfect way to inject some new energy into the choir so that everyone returns energised and raring to go.

Time to plan

As we’ve been discussing with many Total Choir Resources members, online rehearsals can be more demanding in terms of repertoire, as we are tending to teach simpler arrangements that are learned very quickly. Taking a break allows you to get ahead and plan out what music you’ll learn going forward. You can also map out how you want your next term to be structured without the pressure of currently weekly rehearsals. Perhaps it’s time for a creative new project or a celebration of a particular event or anniversary.

Don’t forget that you have to look after yourself to serve your choir. Make sure your health and happiness don’t get bumped down the list of ‘things to do’. You’ll feel better for it, and you’ll do better for your choir.

Comments on Is it time for a break?

  1. Avatar Simon Thompson says:

    Bernie, Im round the corner from you and feel exactly the same way. Im taking 5 weeks off from Monday, last ECS ‘favourite lock down songs’ and look forward to JUST listening to music! Let’s hope we can work together after Christmas and have a ‘BIG SING!!’ Let’s see where we get too folks and not overplan!!!!!

  2. Avatar Bernie Bracha says:

    After 18 weeks of four online choirs I had already taken the decision to have the whole of August off. I’m really looking forward to the break and think that my singers and I will all return to Zoom in September relaxed and raring to go!

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      It sounds like you’ve earned a break Bernie. Enjoy your time off x

  3. Avatar Juanita says:

    I’ve into my third week of break and I was ready to do some catch up work During this time. Haha! I haven’t been able to do anything until now – I just didn’t realise how stressed I was. When I look back on it, I’ve been pretty much working 7 days a week trying to learn how to adapt! So yes, you are right, we all need a good break to recharge! Thank you Victoria and Christine for your amazing support during this time!

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      You’re welcome Juanita. I can honestly say that being part of this global choir leader community has kept me going over the last few months, so I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who takes part.

  4. Avatar Peter Millar says:

    I am in a small town in the Mid West wheatbelt of Western Australia, we have just emerged from our lockdown break and now rehearsing with covid-19 health regulations,the usual distancing and cleaning rules, we used zoom as a weekly get together with a theme for each week eg- weather etc, we are a small group of
    10-15 members and average age of 65 yrs old, I am new to leading singers and took the break time off to study the skills required from totalchoirresources.com via Victoria & Christine,s excelent podcasts and tutorials I have developed so much in confidence and practical knowledge and during our break I future planned assuming the future normal will be close to what we had prior covid, all going well our first engagement will be Rememberance Day service on 11,11,11,2020, I am already nervous but excited to get our group back out in public performance again.

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      I’m sure we’re all going to have mixed feelings as we approach returning to choir rehearsals, Peter, whenever that is for each of us. It’s exciting to think that you might be able to perform in November.

  5. Avatar Sheila Arden says:

    I think that’s worth a thought. I’m officially ‘on holiday’ this week ( a few days away) but still doing my 3 Zoom choirs from my son’s house. Time to plan a proper break – thank you for encouraging me!

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      That’s what we’re here for, Sheila x

  6. Great advice and exactly what I’ve been thinking . Online rehearsals have taken a lot out of me and , if we are to carry on blind in September , I need a chance to re charge and consider how we move forward .
    Part of me feels guilty but the other part feels desperate for a break x

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      Time to ditch the guilt, Irene x

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