July 16, 2018

What is it about running a choir that keeps me engaged and interested?

December 31, 2017

What a year it's been? Such a lot of good fun had by all at Vocalese. We've said goodbye sadly to a few members who have moved away or just needed space and a restraining order, and we've welcomed lots of new faces to the family. With loads of performances behind us th...

May 22, 2016

The third video shows some vocal recording for the new song for our Vocalese choir, along with me getting a gender makeover so that Girls 1, 2 and 3 can sing along at the correct pitch. Viewers of a nervous disposition should not worry - nothing that wouldn't be on TV...

May 22, 2016

A longer video - don't watch this on your mobile devices unless you're on a wifi network, or have unlimited data! In this video, the rough piano, percussion and bass get put down to give me a framework on which to record vocals and start to fine tune the arrangement.

 

V...

May 21, 2016

Part one of goodness knows how many to give you an idea of what I go through when arranging a new song for Vocalese from start to...well...a bit later in the process! very early stages here, although progress will be fairly rapid. Enjoy!

May 19, 2016

You'll a lot of disagreement amongst singers, pedagogues and scientific types throughout history about breathing techniques and the use of tummy muscles in singing. In this post I'm going to look at the first phase of things - the in-breath. How you get your breath has...

May 10, 2016

Music is my life. That may sound pretty boring, and on paper, it looks kind of boring to me too. However, once you start to look at the way music impacts on your life in different, and frequently, unnoticed ways, actually, life would be pretty empty without music.

 

Now,...

May 2, 2016

 So this blog post is my first ever video blog! I can see me getting to like this new technology...

 

Anyway, Adiemus is just about done. I was going to use a synthesizer for the recorder part, and I thought..."no, Richard", as that is the name I use for myself when havi...

April 29, 2016

So a few people have asked me how they can improve their singing. It is a jolly good question, and actually not one that I can really tackle in a blog post as it is really a very personal thing and depends on a lot of different factors. There are a few basics however t...

April 22, 2016

I've always been amazed at how much I learn about stuff myself through teaching it in the first place. The simple process of communicating ideas and techniques to a student is not so simple when you try to do it. You need to have a deep enough understanding yourself to...

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