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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Nobody likes to hear the same old stories and jokes time and again.photo by James BrooksIt’s the same with instructions you give to your choir. How do keep stop people zoning out, even though you need to say the same thing week after week?Liz Garne...

I’ve written before about why taking time out is so important for choir leaders.photo by Lance AndersonBut how do you actually switch off to make the most of your downtime?It’s all very well saying that taking a break is important, but some peopl...

Last night I dreamt of leading a choir where everyone turned up on time every week fully prepared.Unfortunately it was only a dream, but it got me thinking: what would the dream choir be like for choir leaders and for singers?a choir leader’s dream...

Most choirs take a long break over the summer (which is currently here for a few days in the UK!).But many singers complain: “What am I going to do without any singing for so long?” Don’t worry, there is help at hand.When I started my first com...

Doing anything too fast can result in errors and inaccuracies.By slowing a naturally fast song down, you can reveal all kinds of mistakes and problems.We all know that rushing something can result in a bad job. But what if a song is inherently fast?

Your singers turn up to choir week after week without fail. It’s very easy to get caught up in the music-making and forget that they don’t have to be there.It’s good to show your gratitude to your singers from time to time. Don’t take them fo...

Last weekend I ran one of my monthly drop-in sessions. I had underestimated the time it would take to teach a song so couldn’t finish it by the time the session ended.What can you do in situations like that?No matter how experienced you are and how...







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