• Kitty Babcock

    5 Easy Ways to Check Your Singing Voice

    Added July 19 by Kitty Babcock - 1095 views - 0 comments

    This post was orginally published on Embro Thistle Singers blog. When I was 15, I took singing lessons from the nuns at "The Pines".  These ladies were well respected for the results they achieved in musical training.  Our performance group of 8, all dressed in blue taffeta gowns were in the small room onc... read more

  • Kelly Galbraith

    Cleopatra by Kelly Galbraith

    Added July 17 by Kelly Galbraith - 900 views - 0 comments

    First published:   “Fool!  Don’t you see now that I could have poisoned you a hundred times had I been able to live without you.” Cleopatra A summer vacation ritual of mine is to crack the covers of a couple of Shakespear... read more

  • Chris Rowbury

    Traditional songs from the British Isles - residential singing weekend 21-23 November

    Added July 17 by Chris Rowbury - 138 views - 0 comments

    There are now only FOUR rooms left on my singing weekend in Derbyshire this November: ONE double deluxe room, THREE doubles/ twins/ singles. Should be a fantastic weekend in a great part of the country. Book now to avoid disappointment! TRADITIONAL SONGS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES Friday 21 November 6pm to Sunday 23 No... read more

  • Chris Rowbury

    Around the world in song - singing weekend in the Cotswolds 25-27 July

    Added July 17 by Chris Rowbury - 71 views - 0 comments

    My singing weekend in the Cotswolds is shaping up to be a small (but perfectly formed) group of women coming together to sing amazing harmony songs from around the world. A great chance to do some small group work and really get to grips with those harmonies. Still some places left. No experience necessary. The food (a... read more

  • Chris Rowbury

    How to enjoy singing and not worry what others think

    Added July 17 by Chris Rowbury - 660 views - 0 comments

    [this is a version of a post which first appeared on my blog From the Front of the Choir]   This post is part of a series of occasional Questions and Answers. Just contact Chris if you want to submit a question.   Here is a very familiar story.   Fred writes:   “I started singing at a... read more

  • Kelly Galbraith

    Alexander Pushkin the Muse of the Great Russian Composers by Kelly Galbraith

    Added July 15 by Kelly Galbraith - 327 views - 0 comments

    Originally published “If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason.”Alexander Pushkin On this rainy summer morning I nursed my second cup of coffee while get... read more

  • Maria Soriano

    Silence vs talking in inclusive choirs

    Added July 14 by Maria Soriano - 641 views - 0 comments

    Marsilio Ficino (1433-1498), Florentine philosopher wrote a wonderful sentence: “Music is nothing more than a Decoration of Silence”. What a wonderful statement.  Shall we take it to the choir?   Undoubtedly silence is in many ways a pre condition for music making. In silence we concentrate, in... read more

  • Stephen Bigger

    World Choir update! Mozambique Videos now posted!

    Added July 11 by Stephen Bigger - 73 views - 0 comments

    World Choir lovers might want to check out the brand new videos we just posted from the 2013 Mozambique, Africa Manda Wilderness Choir Festival.   More information and videos will be posted soon at but for now there are two videos from t... read more

  • Kitty Babcock

    10 Tips to Becoming a Conductor

    Added July 9 by Kitty Babcock - 563 views - 0 comments

    This was originally published on the Embro Thistle Singers' blog.  I was reading an article posted to Facebook the other day.  Esa-Pekka Salonen became a conductor when he filled in for an absent colleague.     In the following short video, you can pick up on both his talent and sense of humour... read more

  • Kitty Babcock

    How Should An Audience Behave

    Added July 9 by Kitty Babcock - 239 views - 0 comments

    This is originally published in the Embro Thistle Singers blog.    There was a very interesting article in the Telegraph U.K. talking about audience responses & behaviour during a concert.  Click here to ready the full article.  This is a different take on how audiences respond & what is acce... read more