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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 · 4d ago

Not everyone will like your singing voice – but that’s OK

Your friend plays you one of their favourite singers and you just don’t get it. To your ears it sounds pretty awful.Liking a singing voice is very subjective. We all know that. However, it c...
From the front of the choir · 1W ago

Can you join a choir if you can’t hit a note?

I had an enquiry this week: “Am I correct in believing that, to join your choir, it isn’t necessary to be able to hit a note?”I said that yes, that was the case. But it’s important to unpick...
From the front of the choir · 2W ago

New year, new plans – how to get what you want

Many people use the turning of the year as an opportunity to reflect on the past and make plans for the future.It’s easy to go overboard though and end up trying to become a completely diffe...
From the front of the choir · 3W ago

Making a good impression is what counts whether you’re a business, singer or choir leader

I’ll let you into a secret: I’m not glued to my computer on this Christmas day!photo by NigelI wrote this piece a while back and have scheduled it to be published on 25th December.There, I’v...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

A little praise goes a long way for both singers AND choir leaders

When things aren’t going well, it’s noticeable. That’s when you give constructive criticism.But when everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to take it for granted. That’s when a word or two...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

What to do if you catch a cold and a concert is looming

At this time of year many of you will be singing in Christmas concerts.photo by Courtney CarmodyIt’s also the time of year when there are plenty of bugs around. Here’s a timely reminder of w...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

12 false beliefs about singing that can prevent you from even trying – don’t let them stop you!

Many of us had bad singing experiences at school. You might have been kicked out of the choir or told to stand at the back and mime.photo by Northern Ireland ExecutiveExperiences like that c...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Is your choir name fit for purpose?

Many choir names are descriptive and give a clear idea of what kind of choir it is.But choirs change over time. Maybe your choir name doesn’t fit what you do any longer.different kinds of ch...
From the front of the choir · 2M 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 · 2M 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...