Over the past 25 years there has been an increasing awareness of the positive impact arts and creativity can have on individuals and society. Theorists have described arts-making as an intrinsic form of behaviour that supports the health or ‘wholeness’ of individuals, whilst researchers have recognised the positive impact of participating in art activities on individual self-esteem and confidence levels. On a wider level, the role of the arts in […]
We’ve been working out the most popular music at Alan Simmons Music in 2017. We found it really interesting and we thought you might be interested too. 1. Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue 2. A Cole Porter Medley A Cole Porter Medley 3. Bridge Over Troubled Water Bridge Over Troubled Water SATB 4. Nimrod Nimrod (Agnus Dei) 5. Sinatra Sinatra […]
We’ve been working out the most popular music at Alan Simmons Music in 2017. We found it really interesting and we thought you might be interested too. Softly As I Leave You Softly As I Leave You 2. Love is All Around Love is All Around 3. Yesterday Yesterday 4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Smoke Gets in your Eyes 5. Nimrod Nimrod (Agnus Dei) 6. Can You Hear a […]
We’ve been working out the most popular music at Alan Simmons Music – and we thought you might be interested too. Bridge over Troubled Water Bridge Over Troubled Water 2. Sailing Sailing 3. Bohemian Rhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody 4. Yesterday Yesterday 5. Softly as I Leave You Softly As I Leave You 6. Nessun Dorma Nessun Dorma 7. Easter Hymn Easter Hymn 8. I Write the Songs I Write the […]
Are you a teacher at first or junior school that has zero knowledge of music, but is expected to teach singing? You’re not alone! But teaching singing doesn’t have to be complicated – and you can achieve some amazing results with a little help,There are many ways for teaching singing, so this is by no means prescriptive, but it will give you a starting point to help you to work towards […]
Is your choir singing flat? Well, this may be a little controversial and many people will not agree with me, but there’s just one point I’d like to make here, and it comes from recent experience. This applies to less experienced choirs. There’s no easy answer, and there is a great deal of good advice around (look down on the notes, always prepare your voice and have enough energy […]
Irving Berlin wrote a song called “Your Just In Love” for his show “Call Me Madam”. It’s one of those standards that seems to have been around forever and it has a very catchy tune. No, that’s the point, it has TWO very catchy tunes that are even better when they’re sung together. It was one of the first songs I ever taught to a class of children. Because it’s […]
Choirs are cool. It’s official. And more and more people want to join singing groups. So there’s never been a better time to set up your own community choir. But where do you start? Well this blog should help with the very first bit (although it is in no way definitive – but there are links to other resources at the end).
Sing when you’re happy… or so the old saying goes. But the truth is that singing actually makes you happy, as well as easing your aches and boosting your brain-power. Today there are thousands of choirs in Britain. British Choirs On The Net lists more than 3,300 choirs in the UK. So we know it’s popular. And fun, But is it really good for us?