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Chris Rowbury's Blog Entries

  • Singers miss out when there’s no choir, but what about choir leaders?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] There are plenty of studies now about the many benefits of singing together. But they only look at the experience of the singers in a choir.   I’d like to consider what choir leaders get out of leading a choir and what they might be missi... read more
  • How can I extend my vocal range as a singer?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I often get asked this, along with “How can I sing high without hurting myself?” photo by Allisonnik There is no quick fix, but here are some ideas that might help you.   When I first started singing I wanted to sing high like my ... read more
  • How do you know if you’re singing the right thing?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Often, at the end of a singing workshop, someone will tell me that they didn’t think they were singing the right thing and ask if there is anything they can do about it. photo by Xavier Vergés It’s often people who have only recen... read more
  • How to get the most out of singing online – a guide for singers

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Choirs are not meeting at the moment so lots of you have gone online to sing. Given that it will be just you singing at a screen, what can you do to get the most out of an online singing session?   DISCLAIMER: I’ve not had a huge amount of... read more
  • Is your choir name fit for purpose?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] 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 choir names There are many ways of naming a choir. Plent... read more
  • Discover the joys of singing on your own

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Opportunities to sing with others, especially in harmony, are very rare when you’re confined to your house. This could be a chance to discover the joys of singing on your own.   Like many of you I love singing in harmony. It’s someth... read more
  • How to sing songs from other cultures more authentically

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Last week I wrote about why you shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss songs that aren’t in English. T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) This week I want to consider how you might make songs from other cultures sound more ‘authentic&rsq... read more
  • Don’t be too quick to dismiss songs that aren’t in English

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Some people are put off when they come across a song with foreign words. They prefer to sing songs in English. photo by Chell Hill Not only are they missing out on so much great music, but it also widens your cultural horizons. Here’s why you s... read more
  • Make singing part of your five-a-day for wellbeing

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Are you doing your five-a-day for well-being? Here are five things that can help with your feelings of well-being if done daily. five-a-day for wellbeing There has been a lot of research to show how beneficial simple things are to our general well-be... read more
  • The sound of silence – rediscovering the art of listening

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] With far fewer people around at the moment, I am starting to hear things that I don’t normally notice. It made me realise that in our usually busy daily lives, many of us have lost the art of listening. It’s time to reconnect with the world... read more