TCR010 | PODCAST – How to start a choir

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  1. Avatar Sarah says:

    I’m thinking about starting a choir at a local hospital, sort of like a workplace choir, but perhaps for patients, too. I’d like it to be a stress relief for anyone who loves to sing or wants to sing, and given the nature of doctor’s and nurses erratic schedules, would like it to be easy to drop into when they can. I was thinking of focusing on some easy to learn rounds and things like that to begin with.

    I am passionate about the transformative experience of music and singing in a choir in particular,. I have spent a great deal of time in hospital environments over the last year due to some unfortunate circumstances, and not only would I love to provide a space where staff and patients could leave their stressful days behind for a few minutes, it would allow me to thank the medical community for all they have done for my family.

    I have a lot of choir experience (singing in) and some conducting experience, but I have never started a choir, and I’m wondering if such a “loosey-goosey” one would even work. I’d appreciate any thoughts or ideas you might have on the subject.

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for your message, I think your idea is a wonderful way to bring something really positive out of what must have been a difficult time for you. I think singing can be a wonderful release for those working in a pressured environment and it could also benefit patients. My first step would be to find the appropriate person at the hospital to talk through your idea with. There may be certain rules and regulations in terms of outside people coming into work with staff and patients which you may need to address. The hospital would be able to advise you as to whether they would be interetsed in the idea and how you would practically go about it. The make up of such large organisations can I suspect be complicated so talking through your idea in the first instance will be a vital first step. I wish you all the best with your idea, do let us know how you get on.

  2. Avatar Rose Wilmot says:

    Hello, thanks for the resources on your site. Really helpful.

    I want to set up a fun choir in my community here in the UK. Where would I go for permission to photocopy song lyrics for the members (probably about 25 of us).

    Thanks.

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      Hi Rose. Thanks for your kind words. I don’t really know the answer to that one. Lyrics to songs are widely available online. Obviously, if you use scores in rehearsal, you buy a score for each singer, but as far as I know, there’s nowhere to buy song lyrics in a similar way. I can’t believe it can be necessary for each community choir to contact the rights-holder of each individual song to get permission (and presumably pay for the privilege) to create lyric sheets for rehearsals (I’m assuming that you don’t use them in performance – that might be a different matter).

      Perhaps another reader can help with this one.

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