You may have some preconceived ideas about choirs.
Listed here are some of the ways in which these 'natural voice' choirs are different from what you might expect.


WE ALWAYS WARM UP

This is a very important aspect of the natural voice approach. We never sing without warming up first. The warm ups are fun, healthy and help you get the best out of your voice. They involve some stretching and loosening of the body, some breathing exercises and some vocal exercises. They also help members of the choir to begin to connect and work together.


WE SING IN A CIRCLE

Most choirs sing in rows (and we do too if we have an audience to perform to) but when we are learning and singing for our own pleasure (which is most of the time) we sing in a circle and sometimes even walk around. This enables us to really get a feel for how our part works rhythmically and harmonically with the other parts of the choir, and to really hear our own voice blending with the other voices.


EVERYBODY IS WELCOME

Whether you are male or female, young or old, confident or nervous, you will be given an equally warm welcome, and your voice will be equally valued with everyone else's as an important part of the group.


ALL LEARNING IS BY EAR

Often experienced musicians find this a challenge but there are sound reasons for it. If you are looking at sheet music you are not looking at your fellow singers. If you are holding or looking at sheet music this has a massive impact on the way you hold your body and consequently on how you sing. Also, learning by ear creates a more level playing field between those who are experienced musicians and those who are not. Many people believe that music learned by ear is learned more deeply than that learned from sheet music.


YOU CAN SWAP PARTS

Traditional choirs will confine you to one part in the choir such as alto or tenor. Many of the songs we sing don't fit into that convention and give singers opportunities to try singing outside of their usual comfort zones. Even in those songs that do have a clear Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass choir members are encouraged to move between different parts and get an experience of how that feels - it can be quite surprising for people who have become comfortable on a specific part to experience singing in a different part of the choir!


NO PRESSURE TO PERFORM

Although all the choirs are involved in performance occasionally there is no compulsion to participate in performances. We sing for the sake of singing itself, simply because we love it. Performance is, and will remain, an optional extra.

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**These characteristic differences help to create choirs which are vibrant, energetic, and fun to be a part of. Singers often become good friends and really miss the group, and of course the singing, during holiday breaks.

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