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From the front of the choir Thoughts from a freelance community choir leader in the UK.

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From the front of the choir · 1h ago

Four ways that your choir can begin a song badly – and how to correct them

It’s wonderful when a choir starts a song in a crisp and precise way. But there are so many ways in which this can go wrong.How can we ensure that every singer gets off to a good start?There...
From the front of the choir · 1w ago

Why it’s vital to include voice training in your choir leading

I’m just back from leading a singing weekend for singers who want to improve their small group harmony singing skills. We focused quite a lot on blending which required us to look at vocal t...
From the front of the choir · 2W ago

Is it time to hand your choir over to another leader?

Nothing lasts forever and change can be a good thing.There comes a time when it might benefit everyone if you hand your choir over to somebody else. Why would you want to do that?getting too...
From the front of the choir · 3W ago

8 reasons why choir leaders should go to more singing workshops

Recently I went to an amazing weekend for choir leaders led by Stephen Taberner of The Spooky Men’s Chorale.I don’t spend enough time on the receiving end so found it thoroughly refreshing a...
From the front of the choir · 3W ago

Mixed tenor sections: the weirdness of men and women singing the same note

Many community choirs have mixed tenor sections with men and women singing the same part.photo by Stefan KarpiniecThat’s when things can get weird! Let’s look at what’s going on.There is oft...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

How to keep your performances interesting

Is it enough for your choir to stand in front of an audience and just sing?Or do you need to make your performances more ‘interesting’ somehow?Somebody once wrote: “Nobody wants to pay to se...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Make your choir leading easier by doing less

Many choir leaders believe that they’re indispensable, that their choir only functions when they’re out front leading.But this can be stressful and doesn’t take into account the choir’s abil...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

How do you know how loud you should sing in choir?

Your singing teacher is always telling you to be more confident and sing up.But your choir leader asks you to sing quietly and listen to each other. So how loud should you be singing?Like an...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

How to help singing groups harmonise even if it seems they can’t

Katharine leads a small informal choir where music is not part of the singers education and the level of musicality is low.She’s tried some simple harmony songs and rounds with them, but the...
From the front of the choir · 2M ago

When a new musical director takes over your choir: a guide for choir members

Last week I wrote about strategies for musical directors who were taking over an established choir.original sculpture by susie mendelssonThis week it’s the singers’ turn. How can you easily ...