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’ve written before that even if it’s a folk song, somebody wrote it.  The identity of that individual may have been lost over time, but to honour the song, you still have the responsibility to try to find out who it was. This post is pa...

Just because we can sing a song, doesn’t mean that we should sing it. It is important to honour the cultural and historical origins of a song so we know whether it’s appropriate to sing it in a different context or not. This post is part of a...

When using songs from cultures different to ours, we have the responsibility to teach or perform them as accurately as we can.  We honour the song by being as authentic as possible when pronouncing the words, and reproducing the melody and harm...

When you learn a song — especially if it’s by ear — you take on trust what you’re told about the song’s meaning. This is particularly relevant if the song is in a foreign language. But meaning is a slippery thing. Incorrect meanings ge...

When honouring the origins of any song, you need to be as precise as you can about where the song came from.  It might be hard to find out, but there is no excuse for being lazy and saying something like “This song is from Africa.” Here are...

Many songs get handed down by ear and labelled ‘traditional’ without any clear understanding of where they come from. It’s important to honour the source of all songs and the cultures they originate from. Here’s a guide to the things that yo...

There has been some talk of insisting that singers are vaccinated before they can attend choir.photo by U.S. Secretary of DefenseNot only is this problematic, but even if all your singers are vaccinated, there are still risks involved. Here in the...







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