Emily scoops up gold at British Composer Awards!

A huge congratulations are in order for our fearless leader, Emily Peasgood, as she picks up the award for Sonic Art at the British Composer Awards.

The award was earned for her work “Halfway to Heaven” which celebrated the rediscovery of a lost Baptist burial ground in Folkestone. The interactive installation was commissioned by the Creative Foundation as part of Folkestone Triennial last year, and was commended by The Times, The Telegraph and Wall Street International, as well as others. Continue reading “Emily scoops up gold at British Composer Awards!”

Choir boosts your immune system

It turns out choir practice may have even more health benefits than we first thought! In a fascinating study, it seems regular choir practice might even help boost the immune system of immunocompromised cancer patients.

Not only were there measurable reductions in stress hormones but patients involved in choir activities saw an increase in immune-related proteins and a reduction in inflammation-related proteins. This was measured directly after the singing session when the results were assumed to be strongest. Continue reading “Choir boosts your immune system”

Top Misconceptions About Choir

There are dozens of reasons people avoid singing in public. Everyone has their own reasons but it seems like such a shame to let things stop people enjoying the joyous activity of singing.
It might be something that happened in the past or it might be something entirely in the singers head but these reasons are incredibly telling, they reveal something immensely personal about ourselves. What is definite, however, is that each reason can be overcome. There’s is nothing that will stop someone singing if they are committed to the idea and have the support of a teacher and peers like you’d find in a choir.
So let’s look at these reasons and dig a little deeper, and try to find the reasons to sing anyway. Continue reading “Top Misconceptions About Choir”

What is SATB and why it doesnt matter

SATB is a common choral acronym, referring to the make up of a choir. Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone – the four most common types of voice. Each type brings it’s own set of characteristics, such as the warmth of a baritone or the brightness of a soprano. These elements are called timbre. Most men posses traits of the baritone voice, while most women are tend to fit the soprano voice more naturally. Continue reading “What is SATB and why it doesnt matter”

5 Tips To Beat Stage-Fright

Nerves are something every singer deals with. It’s also what stops many of us taking the first step in learning to sing. Even household names like Adele have admit to experiencing a degree of stage-fright, but nerves don’t mean you can’t get up and sing. As the old saying goes “the show must go on.”

So how do we deal with it? Here are a few helpful suggestions to deal with stage-fright. Continue reading “5 Tips To Beat Stage-Fright”

6 singers who were told they couldn’t sing

No one is born able to sing perfectly. For everyone singer you see in the charts, there are countless hours spent practising and rehearsing away from the public eye. As we don’t see these, we can often assume that they’re naturally that good and can get disheartened. However, just as we can be told “you can’t sing,” there are many professional singers who were told the same thing.
When people say “you can’t sing,” what they often mean is “I don’t know how to teach you.” What matters is that they didn’t give up. They wanted to sing and so they put in the work needed to get better. Many of them came to choirs and learned, others had private lessons but all of them remained committed to the love of singing. Continue reading “6 singers who were told they couldn’t sing”

5 Skills You Didn’t Realise You Pick Up In A Choir

Taking part in a choir is not only a fantastic way to learn to sing. We’ve spoken about the health benefits of choral singing in the past but it may surprise some of you to learn that there are dozens of practical skills being built alongside the music.
Here we look at five of the skills taking part in BIGMOUTH develops. Continue reading “5 Skills You Didn’t Realise You Pick Up In A Choir”

How to deal with a cold

With Winter just around the corner, the dreaded cold and flu season isn’t far behind. These bugs can wreak havoc with our voices and it’s important to know how to handle them.

Firstly, if you have a cold – DON’T SING. Your voice needs time to rest, trying to sing before it’s had that time to recover will only put them through unwarranted stress. Before trying to sing, make sure you try these tips to help your voice recover. Continue reading “How to deal with a cold”

Making friends: how choirs build social bonds

Singing is incredibly vulnerable. We all want to be able to hold a perfect note, and the ability to produce a little melody on command is infinitely cool. However, many of us haven’t yet learned to use our voices effectively and thus we hide them away. We identify with out voices immensely, so when our voice is less than perfect we feel that we are less than perfect. A report in the American Psychology found out that we actually express more emotion with our voice than our face so it’s no wonder we want to guard them a little. Continue reading “Making friends: how choirs build social bonds”