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Chris Rowbury's Blog Entries

  • 10 things choir leaders can do when stuck at home

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] What is a choir leader without a choir?   There are times when you won’t be able to be with your choir in person. Here are some things to help keep your choral and music interests alive.In a recent post (10 things singers can do at home wh... read more
  • How to sing harmony on your own

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I love harmony singing. But sometimes I don’t have the luxury of other people to sing with. Here are some ways to sing harmony, even if you’re on your own. 1. use your choir’s teaching resources If you’re in a choir, there&rsq... read more
  • 10 things singers can do at home when there’s no choir to go to

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] There are many reasons why you might have to stay home and not be able to get to choir. How can you keep your choral and musical interests alive? Here are 10 ideas.It’s not just during a pandemic that you might not be able to get to choir. th... read more
  • How to sing together in times of isolation

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] We are living in unprecedented times. People are not allowed to socialise.     How do we keep singing together? I’ll look at some of the options.It’s not only during a pandemic that we need to stay at home. There are times whe... read more
  • Why can’t I sing low notes with more power and volume?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Many men (and some women) complain about not having much vocal power on low notes. photo by GigNroll.com If you have good power, control and volume in the rest of your range then there’s an easy explanation.I often get asked by men why they don... read more
  • Only connect – a brief introduction to social media for choirs

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] In case you haven’t noticed: this is the modern world.   photo by Yoel Ben-Avraham   If you’re not promoting your choir on social media, then you’re missing a trick. Here’s a handy introduction.   internet ... read more
  • How to sing quietly (without running out of breath)

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Some people find it hard to sing quietly. They seem to run out of breath easily and their voice goes all wobbly.   photo by Cristian V.   Why is this and how can you learn to sing quietly?When we’re asked to sing quietly, we can th... read more
  • One recording is worth a thousand photos – use sound to promote your choir

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Singing is all about sound, whether it’s a one-day workshop, a live concert or a CD.     I’m amazed at choir websites, concert promotion and singing workshop publicity which is full of photos, but have no sound clips. If you d... read more
  • 6 ways to stop the strain of other singers relying on you (or you relying on them)

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] The rehearsal begins and the Altos looks around in panic: “Where’s Carol?” Carol is a strong, confident singer, but she’s not here this week.   Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind (detai... read more
  • 10 choir website mistakes to avoid (or how to look professional online)

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I was trawling through a bunch of choir websites the other day in order to send out some information about a workshop I’m running.     I was amazed how hard it was to contact many of them and in general how badly designed many of th... read more