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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

Are you a singer with hearing loss? Steps you can take to make life easier in your choir

Last week there was a guest post about what choir leaders can do to help singers who have hearing loss.photo by Hadley Paul GarlandThis week I want to look at steps you can take yourself if ...
From the front of the choir · 1W ago

Singers with hearing loss: how choir leaders can help

More and more older singers are in choirs these days. Many of those singers will have some kind of hearing loss.Joshua Reynolds "Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man"How can you, as a choir leader, h...
From the front of the choir · 2W ago

Some people take pride in saying they can’t sing – but is that just fear talking?

You’ll know by now that I believe that everyone can sing.Apparently this irritates some people who really think that they can’t sing. Why is that?everyone can sing …I was reminded the other ...
From the front of the choir · 3W ago

How to lead your choir when you’re just not in the mood

We all have off days, even choir leaders.Here are a few hints on how to cope when you’re feeling low or burnt out.No matter how much you love your job, there will be the occasional off day. ...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Is there an alternative to being patient when leading a choir?

I’ve been praised many times by the singers I work with for being so patient.Which makes me wonder: what’s the alternative?I must admit that I find it quite easy (most of the time!) to be pa...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Do you need to practice outside choir rehearsals?

Many singers come to choir – especially “singing for fun” groups – to get away from the stresses of regular life. They love to sing and find it a relaxing escape from the daily grind.photo b...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

What singing subjects would you like me to write about?

I’ve been writing this blog since December 2006 and have written over 600 posts. I keep thinking I’ll run out of things to write about, but I’ve not done so yet!However, there may well be su...
From the front of the choir · 1M ago

Why I don’t use name badges at my singing workshops

I’m just back from leading a singing weekend and one of the feedback comments was “It would be good to have name badges.”I don’t use name badges at my singing weekends, nor in the choirs tha...
From the front of the choir · 2M ago

Why you should stand front and centre if you’re not a confident singer

When we try something new, we are tentative and like to hide until we feel we know a bit more about what we’re doing.However, if you’ve not sung in a group before then this is the complete o...
From the front of the choir · 2M ago

7 ways to hold onto your choir members: why retention is more important than recruitment

I often hear choirs asking how they can recruit more members.photo by Laura LaRoseBut if you hold onto your existing members, you won’t need to recruit that often. Here are some of the reaso...