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Chris Rowbury's Blog Entries

  • Neither fish nor fowl – why most singers don’t fit neatly into SATB boxes

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] The fact is that most of us don’t fit neatly into SATB boxes. What are we to do? Once upon a time we used to sing together and somehow find a place for our voice. We’d even sing harmony parts, happily mixing male and female voices in eac... read more
  • Singing in a group is a learnt skill – if you find it hard, it doesn’t mean you can’t sing

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Many people won’t consider joining a choir or going to a singing workshop because they believe they can’t ‘sing’. Yet ask them to sing something familiar like Happy Birthday and they have no problem. What’s going on here... read more
  • Whatever you’ve managed to do during lockdown, you’re doing great

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I keep seeing virtual choirs on Facebook and hearing about amazing Zoom singing sessions. Photo by Virginia State Parks It’s hard not to compare and feel that you’re not keeping up. But whatever you’ve managed to do, you’re d... read more
  • Singing with masks: advice for choir leaders

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I wrote last week about how wearing masks might affect singers and how they can overcome any obstacles. This week I want to look at the impact on choir leaders. Choirs are starting to rehearse again, both indoors and outdoors. Many are insisting tha... read more
  • Singing with masks: advice for singers

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Choirs are starting to rehearse again, both indoors and outdoors. Many are insisting that their singers wear masks. Archway Gospelish Choir, Sussex What are the difficulties (if any) of singing while wearing a mask? Here in the UK, government guide... read more
  • How to be a bad choir director (it’s easier than you think)

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] Ann read my post The six qualities need to be a good choral director and it sparked off a quite a rant. photo by bagogames She has obviously had a bad experience. I thought I would share it with you. leading by fear (and not encouragement) There a... read more
  • Your job as a singer is to get out of your own way and be in the moment

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I occasionally run workshops for members of my choir to help improve their singing technique. photo by Intel Free Press I realised whilst teaching that all the singers had the necessary knowledge already, it was simply a matter of reminding them to ... read more
  • Sing the intention, not the meaning

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] We’re always told to focus on the meaning of the lyrics when singing a song in order to communicate it properly and to give some emotion to our delivery. But what if the lyrics are “lully lullay” or “fa la la” or what if... read more
  • What would you do differently if you were starting your choir today?

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] I have learnt a great deal since I started my first choir in 1997. WorldSong in Coventry, June 2000 If I were starting a choir again today I may well do things differently. my experience When I set up my first choir it was rather accidental. I had... read more
  • How to make plans for your choir when the future is uncertain

    [A version of this article first appeared as a post on my blog From the Front of the Choir] The socially-distanced reopening of indoor performances in England was due to take place on 1st August, but the government then postponed it for at least another two weeks. With circumstances changing so frequently, how do you prepare for future conc... read more