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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 · 3d ago

The 7 elements of vocal blend and how to control them

There is a balance in any choir between individual voices and the overall sound. Most choirs aim to blend voices so that there is a cohesion rather than individual voices sticking out.photo ...
From the front of the choir · 1W ago

Audition or self-selection? – how to select singers for specific projects

Most of my work is carried out using Natural Voice Network principles. That means my singing projects are open to anyone who wants to sing.Occasionally though I do side-projects which involv...
From the front of the choir · 2W ago

What to do when you run out of ideas

It comes to all of us at some point. We sit down to plan a warm up or rehearsal or singing workshop and we just go blank.That’s exactly how I’m feeling now writing this blog post! Here are a...
From the front of the choir · 3W ago

Lip trilling and bubbling – is it useful and how to do it properly

I use lip trills (or lip bubbles) as part of my warm ups. Some singers find them hard to do. Others don’t see the point.I’m going to share some expert advice so you can do lip trills properl...
From the front of the choir · 4W ago

Should conductors mouth the words for their choirs?

I’ve often mouthed the words for my choirs. I’d rather singers don’t use lyric sheets when performing, so it’s a kind of security blanket for them.photo by Tambako the JaguarBut it can be co...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

When singers don’t show up – how to rehearse effectively

The other week it snowed quite badly where I live. I held a rehearsal as usual, but only 23 singers turned up out of 56.We have a concert coming up soon. What do you do when so many singers ...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Should choir leaders socialise with their choir members?

Many choirs hold social events throughout the year. It helps build a choir community and encourages team spirit. That can only be a good thing.photo by Split the KipperBut should your choir ...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Effective ways to make a song more interesting for your audience

Sometimes choirs think it’s enough to sing a song well. They stand in static rows and sing the whole thing from start to finish.photo by John CummingsBut that can be like watching paint dry....
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Making the space work for you – how to cope with unusual venues

I have run several singing workshops recently in less-than-ideal spaces.Rather than being a problem, I found ways to embrace the situation. Here are some ideas you might find useful.Over the...
From the front of the choir · 2M ago

Leading your first ever singing group – a complete beginner’s guide

I am often asked for advice from people who want to start a singing group, but have absolutely no experience.photo by The U.S. ArmyOr sometimes people have been asked to start a workplace ch...