24 August 2010
New book on directing choirs by Tony Backhouse
Tony Backhouse's much-anticipated book Freeing the song - an approach to directing vocal groups is now available through the AMC Shop. Freeing the song is invaluable reading for anyone singing in a choir, intending to start one and looking for some pointers on how to go about it, or anyone already running one and looking for trouble-shooting advice or some fresh ideas to enliven choir warm-ups.
The book includes sections on running rehearsals, on warm-ups, performance techniques, on how to teach a new song and achieving the sound you are after, on conducting, improvisation as well as choir organisation. In addition to practical advice, Freeing the Song also includes musical examples.
Tony Backhouse has been directing choirs (Café of the Gate of Salvation, Honeybees) and running vocal workshops around Australia and New Zealand for many years. His background is in the area of African-American gospel, but his advice and many of the techniques are applicable to choirs who sing other repertoire, from amateur to semi-professional level, and from school to community choirs.
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