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Chris Rowbury's Blog Entries

  • Is one of your choir sections thin on the ground? 10 ways to find more singers to fill the gaps

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Many of us are in choirs where a particular section needs bolstering. In my case it’s a lack of altos, for others it might be too few tenors.     Here are 10 ideas for beefing up a particular voice part. Before you go to the tro... read more
  • Keep it to yourself! – why colds, singing and choirs don’t mix

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] 'Tis the season to be poorly. A warm rehearsal room is the ideal place to spread coughs and sneezes, especially with all that deep breathing and standing close together.   photo by James Gathany   So what should you do when you come d... read more
  • Using feedback forms for choirs and singing workshops

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] You get what you ask for, so be careful how you seek feedback!   photo by Howard Lake   When designing feedback forms, less is more. Here’s why. When I first started my own residential singing weekends I knew that I needed feed... read more
  • How to get your choir to pay attention to you (and stop chatting!)

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] At the beginning of each choir rehearsal it’s as if the singers have not seen each other for years. They chat away, having a fine time of things.   photo by barçalunacy   Trouble is, you’ll have to put an end to tha... read more
  • How to sing – 10 habits of successful professional singers

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] In my recent post How to sing – the definitive guide, I pointed out that lots of people Google “How to sing” instead of just getting on and doing it.   Garðar Thor Cortes by David   If you’re serious about ... read more
  • Your singing experience depends on how you feel, not just on what you do

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] On the face of it, a workshop or concert can be a resounding success.   photo by Andy Armstrong   But ask individuals about how they think it went and some people will think it was terrible.   Sometimes I have to run a workshop... read more
  • Keeping choir attendance up – stick or carrot?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] As I wrote recently (It’s summer – where have all the choir gone??!!), patchy attendance at regular choir sessions can be very frustrating.   donkey photo by Clay Junell   If you’re a community, or amateur, or singin... read more
  • If not now, when? – start singing NOW!

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready.” Hugh Laurie   photo by Fido   Especially when that day may never come when you truly feel ‘ready’. So start singing now! Hugh L... read more
  • How to sing – the definitive guide

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir]   “How to sing” is one of the most common requests I get. The answer is simple: open your mouth and let the sound out.   photo by Spekoek   I’m not being facetious, it’s as simple as that. But when someone ... read more
  • New singing weekends and new website!

    I'm delighted to be able to announce that  a brand new, full responsive version of my website will go live tomorrow, Tuesday 25 September 2018:   chrisrowbury.com     This will coincide with my twice-yearly newsletter going out to my mailing list where I'll be announcing all my singing weekends up until next June 2019. &... read more