As it’s the new year and many of us are getting back to the gym, it’s time for us to give you a bit of extra motivation. Exercise is more than about getting beach body ready, regular cardio workouts can improve your singing ability.
Cardio is short for cardiovascular, and refers to any activity that gets the heart rate up and keeps it there, forcing us to to take bigger breaths. By training our breathing, we are able to sing with more power and stamina, two hugely important components of a singer. Continue reading “Does exercise help you sing?”
With the New Year here, it’s time for us all to look back on the year that has passed and figure out what we want from the year ahead.
We’ve spoken a lot about why you should spend time singing and how it can benefit other aspects of your life, from your happiness to your health. So the question then becomes, how do make 2019 your most music year? What New Years Resolutions should we be putting into action? Continue reading “New Years Resolutions”
As Christmas draws in, it’s time for us to take a short break but we’re not done just yet. There’s still plenty of thing happening over the winter period to keep you busy and singing until we return on January 8th.
To close out our term on December 18th, our regular rehearsal session will be an informal concert. While there wont be a ticket price, donations will be accepted for the choir and Thanet Winter Shelter. Our choir members will meet at 7:15pm to prepare, while guests will be welcome to attend from 8:15pm.
Also, we have an annual tradition that we must observe. For the past few years, our fearless leader has organised an alternative carol service; Ding Dong Merrily On Pie.
Join us on Christmas Eve from 5:30pm outside Rubber Chicken House in Ramsgate for the silliest carol service you’ve ever seen or heard. Songs include Can You Stop The Canapes, Ding Dong Merrily On Pie, Last Christmas I Did A Big Fart, and The Toilet Door Said Gentlemen.
Lyrics, Mulled Wine and Minced Pies will be provided. Further details are on the flyer below.
We hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. Until the new term starts, this article on taking care of your voice or maybe this one might be of use until the next BIGMOUTH rehearsal on January 8th.
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!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”