Tag Archives: uk

Running Up That Hill

No!! Don’t be silly! I haven’t got any daft New Year’s Resolutions involving running!

My New Year’s Resolution is to sing more… is that even possible?

If your resolution is to do something new, something musical, something fun or perhaps something “Just for you”, then come along to Express Yourself Pop Choir. We meet at 7:30pm every Monday in term-time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester, WR4 0SY and sing fun pop songs and show tunes.

Here’s one by Kate Bush that we’ll be doing this week! Hope to see you there!

Advertisements

Happy New Year 2015!

It’ll be a happy new year on 5th January 2015 when Express Yourself Pop Choir starts their new term.

Brand new year, brand new term and brand new songs. 

There’s no better time to join us. Everyone is welcome. 7:30pm on Mondays at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester WR4 0DZ. £5 per week.

Call Helen on 01905 747827 or email harussell@gmail.com if you want to come and sing.

Watch this space for details of the new songs!

All New Pop Choir

So last night we had a record number of singers at Pop Choir! Because we’ve joined forces with the Show Tunes Choir!

Instead of coming out on two different nights for Pop Song and Show Tunes, you can now come to one all singing, all dancing (well not so much of the dancing!) super choir!!

No need to choose! Come and do both!!

Mondays at 7:30pm at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Warndon Villages, Worcester WR4 0DZ. Give Helen a call on 01905 747827 if you’re interested in joining us!

See you there!!

Favourite Pop Choir Songs – Current Chart Hits

Part three of my favourite Pop Choir songs! (Part One – Early 21st Century, Part Two – 1950s and 60s)

I’ve been thinking ahead to the fifth anniversary show of Express Yourself Pop Choir this summer. It’s going to be a “best of” but oh my goodness, how to choose! I can’t quite believe we have learnt over 200 songs! We’ve had songs from all the decades from the 1950s right through to the hits of 2013!

We’ve done so many fabulous contemporary songs from the current charts I couldn’t narrow it down any further!!

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson
Dance With Me by Tonight Olly Murs
Forget You by Cee-Lo Green
Lego House by Ed Sheeran
Marry You by Bruno Mars
Price Tag by Jessie J
The Cave by Mumford and Sons
What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monae
Diamonds by Rihanna
I knew you were trouble by Taylor Swift
Titanium by David Guetta
Troublemaker by Olly Murs
One Way or Another by One Direction
Black Heart by Stooshe
Just the way you are by Bruno Mars
Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Watch this space as I choose my favourites from all the decades! If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir, then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Favourite Pop Choir Songs – 1950s and 1960s

Part two of my favourite Pop Choir songs! (Part One – Early 21st Century)

I’ve been thinking ahead to the fifth anniversary show of Express Yourself Pop Choir this summer. It’s going to be a “best of” but oh my goodness, how to choose! I can’t quite believe we have learnt over 200 songs! We’ve had songs from all the decades from the 1950s right through to the hits of 2013!

Here are a couple of my favourites from the 1950s and 1960s

Be My Baby by The Ronettes
Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and Papas
Da Doo Ron Ron by The Crystals
Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles
Hey Jude by The Beatles
Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Watch this space as I choose my favourites from all the decades! If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Favourite Pop Choir Songs – 21st Century

I’ve been thinking ahead to the fifth anniversary show of Express Yourself Pop Choir this summer. It’s going to be a “best of” but oh my goodness, how to choose! I can’t quite believe we have learnt over 200 songs! We’ve had songs from all the decades from the 1950s right through to the hits of 2013!

Here are a couple of my favourites from the early 21st Century!

Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Greatest Day by Take That
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Reach by S Club 7
Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Watch this space as I choose my favourites from all the decades! If you want join our fun audition-free pop choir then get in touch. We meet every week in term time at Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Worcester. We’d love to have you!

Swimming helps me sing!

Here is an article about the benefits on swimming for the singing voice. I wrote this earlier in the year for my teaching blog.

Helen Russell Music

I have recently started swimming to keep fit and relax.  I’m not training seriously but I am trying to push myself gently.  When I started I was keeping my head above the water, which is clearly silly because you end up with neck ache!!  So I decided to invest in some goggles and a swim cap and push myself to swim under water.  Still only breaststroke though! If I try front-crawl I start choking!!!

I noticed that on mornings where I went swimming I was much more relaxed when singing.  I thought it was just a feel good factor but now I think I’m subconsciously improving my singing technique while swimming!!

Before Christmas I bought a brilliant new book by Jenevora Williams called Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults.  I started reading her section on de-constriction.  Now this is something I have trouble with myself.  When I get stressed…

View original post 135 more words