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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.

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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…

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Big Birthday Coming Up!

It seems like only yesterday that I put up a little poster at Lyppard Grange Community Centre in Worcester, looking for like-minded singers to start a community choir.

Here we are 5 years later thinking about our fifth anniversary concert!

Well we have the date and the venue – now for the songs!

Over the last five years we have learnt over 200 fantastic pop songs and show tunes! I think we should make this anniversary concert a “Best of”.

So get your thinking caps on! Which songs have been your favourites?

Christmas Starts Here!

Although it’s still November, the Express Yourself Pop Choir and Show Tunes Choir are already practising for Christmas!

The first outing for our Christmas repertoire is at the Lyppard Grange Community Centre’s Christmas Shopping Evening this Saturday (23rd November 2013) at 6:30pm. Entry is £1.50 and the centre is raising money for the charity Diabetes UK.

Our big Winter Show is on 14th December 2013 at Tudor Grange Academy Worcester. Tickets are £6.00 for adults, £3.50 for children and under 5s are free. There will be a charity raffle for the Worcester Women’s Refuge, which is our nominated charity for this year.

If you decide to come along, make sure you say hello!

Blast from the past

Wow! Does anyone remember this picture?

Organiser Helen Russell, front, with Glee Show choir members. 11450701.

This was taken for a Worcester News article just after we started Glee Club as a spin off from Pop Choir.  We hadn’t even got our snazzy choir tops yet!

Here is the full article if you’re interested!

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/5081261.We___re_all_singing_with_glee/