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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I taught a new song to a group on Saturday. It was a bit of a car crash!U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano What can you do when teaching a new song goes horribly wrong?It’s happened to us all: we start to teach a new song to our g...

Many singing groups work in a circle when learning and rehearsing songs.There are some advantages, but also downsides. Let’s look at the pros and cons.Singing groups and small choirs often work in a circle. It seems a natural way for a smallish gro...

I had several new members join a singing project recently. I quickly realised that they didn’t really know what they’d let themselves in for!It’s so easy to bandy words around without realising that they have a particular meaning and are ‘jar...

I started my first choir WorldSong in Coventry back in September 1997. Which means I’ve been in this choir leading lark for just over 20 years.photo by Alex RisteaHere are some of the things that I’ve learnt on the way.1. Rounds aren’t the best...

I’m not a religious man, but I often get emails from church choirs.Recently I’ve had a few such enquiries asking what to do about singers in the choir or congregation who sing too loudly or out of tune.[The opinions expressed here are, of course,...

Some choirs make recorded parts available to their singers and expect them to know their part when they come to the first rehearsal of the song.For me though, learning together in the same space is more important so I don’t use recorded parts. Here...

Often, at the end of a singing workshop, someone will tell me that they didn’t think they were singing the right thing and ask if there is anything they can do about it.photo by Xavier VergésIt’s often people who have only recently started to si...







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