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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There is a balance in any choir between individual voices and the overall sound. Most choirs aim to blend voices so that there is a cohesion rather than individual voices sticking out.photo by pinkbeltIf this is taken too far however, I believe that...

Most of my work is carried out using Natural Voice Network principles. That means my singing projects are open to anyone who wants to sing.Occasionally though I do side-projects which involve selecting singers. What’s the best way to do this?After...

It comes to all of us at some point. We sit down to plan a warm up or rehearsal or singing workshop and we just go blank.That’s exactly how I’m feeling now writing this blog post! Here are a few ideas that might help.Sometimes you have to do thin...

I use lip trills (or lip bubbles) as part of my warm ups. Some singers find them hard to do. Others don’t see the point.I’m going to share some expert advice so you can do lip trills properly then make your own mind about their use.Lip trills (or...

I’ve often mouthed the words for my choirs. I’d rather singers don’t use lyric sheets when performing, so it’s a kind of security blanket for them.photo by Tambako the JaguarBut it can be considered patronising or even a way of letting singer...

The other week it snowed quite badly where I live. I held a rehearsal as usual, but only 23 singers turned up out of 56.We have a concert coming up soon. What do you do when so many singers are missing?There will inevitably be times when life interve...

Many choirs hold social events throughout the year. It helps build a choir community and encourages team spirit. That can only be a good thing.photo by Split the KipperBut should your choir leader be invited along, or should they maintain a professio...







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