If you run or sing in a choir then most likely you will know that choirs like to find any excuse to have fun and do something a bit different
Singing in a choir is fast becoming one of the most popular ‘hobbies’ which people engage with, I believe second only to sport. Some might even argue that singing in a choir is a form of ‘sport’ in the sense that it is good for your health. I won’t go into that here, but I’m fairly sure that if you run a google search you will find lots of articles telling you how singing is good for you and makes you feel better etc etc.
The majority of choirs will usually rehearse weekly and then put on a concert every 2 or 3 months. Some choirs prefer to follow school terms with a big performance at the end of each term. This is a good way to develop the repertoire for your choir whilst always giving them a new fresh challenge. Concerts are of course always great fundraisers both for the choir as well as charities they support.
When it comes to anniversaries, whether your choir is celebrating its first 5 years or a centenary, a concert is also a great way of marking this. I run a number of choirs myself and my Male Voice Choir in Cirencester is celebrating 10 years this year (2019) with the anniversary concert coming up later this month.
Going on Tour
Another popular option for celebrating choir milestones is to go on tour. I have been on tour with a number of choirs both as a singer and as musical director. Of all the things choirs do, this is quite probably the most fun and is a great way to bring the group together. In the majority of cases ‘tours’ and similar such events are also open to partners and families and so the focus is very much on the social aspect of things.
That said choirs take going on tour very seriously and it is another great opportunity to expand the repertoire and perhaps do something different to your usual sets. Maybe the music can reflect where you are going on tour, or maybe it’s an opportunity to explore some music which is slightly different from that you tend to sing at home concerts. Or you might want to just take it easy and perform well known music to a different audience. As with most things choir related, there is generally no right or wrong. It is simply a case of doing what works best for your particular choir or circumstance.
Record a CD or Digital Album
Over the now 15 years we have worked with choirs recording on location, we have recorded a number of albums which celebrate anniversaries or choir centenaries. In fact only this morning we received an enquiry from a Male Voice Choir looking to record a CD in celebration of reaching their centenary, which in part prompted this post.
In a lot of cases it’s often not too difficult to organise. After all, if you are putting on a concert to celebrate the anniversary then you will already have repertoire ready which could go on your CD. Some choirs choose to record their celebration concert either live or ‘as live’. In other words, record the concert dress rehearsal or similar just to avoid the noise of an audience, and give an opportunity to make sure it’s the best performance possible which goes on the CD.
Choir anniversaries are a great opportunity to do something different with your group. However, you choose to mark the occasion, whether that’s go on tour, put on a big event or make a recording, it’s important to do something which will showcase your choir at its best. Anniversary celebrations are also a milestone in the choirs journey. This is why a recording is such a popular idea. It shows, (hopefully!), how much your choir has developed and improved over the years.
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