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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As I started yet another singing workshop, I realised that I say pretty much the same thing in the introduction each time.That got me thinking: if singers hear exactly the same thing too many times, they’ll just zone out. How can we avoid that?I’...

Sometimes I start a singing session off with what I consider to be an easy song.photo from Wellcome ImagesBut the group end up struggling and it turns out to be really hard! What’s going on here.I’m sure many choir leaders have found this: you pl...

There are plenty of opportunities for men to sing together these days. They are called things like “Sing like a bloke” or you can even go to ‘BlokeFest’.Does that mean that men have to be ‘blokes’ to sing? Of course not!I ran a men’s si...

To teach a harmony song to a group, you don’t want whole sections standing around waiting their turn.photo by COD NewsroomNot only should you break the song into chunks, but you should build the harmonies as you go along. Here’s how.I’ve writte...

I'm delighted to announce that  a brand new, full responsive version of my website will go live tomorrow, Tuesday 25 September 2018:chrisrowbury.comThis will coincide with my twice-yearly newsletter going out to my mailing list where I'll be ann...

We all have our favourite warm ups and our favourite jokes. But if someone comes to choir every week, they may soon get weary of our patter.photo by Tobias ToftHow can you keep things fresh so choir members stay engaged? Here are some ideas.I run man...

No matter how hard you try to make your choir a friendly, welcoming place, joining a new choir is like starting a new school. It can be frightening.photo by Capture QueenHere are some ideas that may help prepare new members for their first visit to y...







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