From the Front of the Choir

Blog URL:http://blog.chrisrowbury.com
Blog Tags:singing, choirs, harmony, acappella
Country:United Kingdom
State/Province:West Midlands
Location:Coventry

Thoughts and views on singing and choirs from a ‘Natural Voice’ perspective and encompassing unaccompanied harmony songs from across the globe.



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Somebody wrote to me recently about how other choir members look down on them because they don’t read music.It made me very angry that this sort of thing is still happening.Their choir leader hands out sheet music for all the songs they learn (alth...

Sometimes we don’t get the chance to do a full warm up in private before a performance.photo by Justin MorganHere are some ideas for warming up your voice in public without drawing attention to yourself.There are times when it’s not possible to d...

Many people who attend my choirs and singing workshops have either not sung since school or have never tried singing in harmony before.I am often asked “Which part should I sing?” Here are a few ideas which might help new singers.Newcomers to sin...

Last week we looked at planning and asked a series of questions like why? what for? when? who’s coming?This week we’ll look at the how: how you actually put a concert of songs together.There are several stages to getting songs ready for a concert...

It seems such a straightforward idea: learn a bunch of songs then find some people to sing them to.photo by Nick YoungsonBut planning a successful concert involves a lot of planning. Here’s a guide to how you might approach it.Putting on a successf...

Over the years I have noticed that the least confident part of my community choirs is often the alto section.photo by simpleinsomniaI can only speak from my own experience, but I’ve heard others tell similar stories. Why might this be?I have been l...

I teach singing workshops across the UK. I’m lucky to get a lot of the same singers turning up each time.Which means that I can’t keep on using the same old jokes or worn out warm up routines. Here’s how I keep things fresh.It’s easy to keep...







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