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From the front of the choir · 2d 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 ...
From the front of the choir · 1W ago

Taking over an existing choir: a guide for musical directors

Choir leaders don’t last forever. There will come a time when a choir will need a new musical director.A Village Choir, 1847 (Thomas Webster)Here is a brief guide for those who find themselv...
From the front of the choir · 2W ago

The most important thing do when choir starts again after a long break

Many choirs have a long break over the holidays and start back in September.photo by Sebastian ter BurgWhat’s the most important element to focus on in your first session back? Read on and I...
From the front of the choir · 3W ago

Now THAT’S what I call singing! Volume 3

Many moons ago I wrote a couple of posts to share the kind of songs I like from traditions all over the world.I thought it was about time I added a few more!Back in 2010 I wrote two posts ab...
From the front of the choir · 4W ago

10 ways in which leading a choir is like writing a blog – the day to day challenges

I’ve been writing a weekly blog since 2006 and leading choirs since 1997.It turns out that there are quite a few things in common between these two seemingly unrelated activities.I was surpr...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

What singers can do when choir’s on a break

I know not all choirs take a break at this time of year, but many do.What can singers usefully do whilst there is no choir?When I first started out leading choirs, singers would panic when t...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

How men sing (Part 5) – amazing examples from across the globe #getmensinging

This is the fifth in a series of posts which features amazing examples of men singing. Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.men sing while waiting for the women to arrive at the Bona-n...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Outdoor gigs: how to cope when audiences aren’t interested

It’s summer, the time when many choirs and singing groups perform outdoors.summer Singing Safari, Holywells Park, Ipswich, July 2016It’s hard enough to sing in the open air, and compete with...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Ways into vocal improvisation for singing groups

I’m often asked by choir members if we can do some vocal improvisation.photo © Aude VanlathemImprovising with a large group of singers is really hard, but here are some pointers to get you s...
From the front of the choir · 2M ago

Do everything you can to support your choir leader – they’re the only one you’ve got!

For the last two weeks I’ve been looking at how to sustain your choir as it grows and develops.Last week I considered ways to persuade choir members to help run the choir. This week I want t...