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How to perform - Go from hiding in the back row to putting on an epic show!

So you’ve joined a choir and all is going swimmingly, but now they’ve asked you to go to a performance...CUE PANIC!! 😨


We know exactly how you feel, performing can be daunting, and that’s why we make our performances optional.


So, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


Our tips and tricks below will make performing feel like second nature, so you can enjoy it!


1. Have fun!


Now this may seem obvious, but this is one of the most important things about performing.

If you are having fun, your audience will be too, it’s as simple as that.


So go for it!


Smile! Laugh! Trip up the person next to you for giggles!


Just kidding. Don’t do that. 😉

2. Make sure to look at your audience & your choir director!


Sometimes if we’re feeling nervous, we tend to look down, or at our lyric sheets, which is completely normal.

However...


No matter how nice your shoes are (love a good pair of shoes 😍), they won’t appreciate your wonderful performance. So look up at your audience and smile!


Your choir director loves to see your happy smiling face too you know! 😉

3. Feel it!


Whether it’s belting out Whitney Houston or jamming to Queen, the feeling you get from singing can be very powerful.

Let these feelings come out when you are performing.


One of the best parts of singing is that it releases happy endorphins and makes you feel good, so embrace it, take note of it and enjoy it!


Not only will YOU feel great, but your happy vibes will cheer up your audience too!


4. Practice!


If you’re feeling a little nervous, practice is your best friend.

You could try learning the lyrics like the back of your hand or practicing your performance in the mirror. Hello hairbrush, my old friend 😉


It all goes into making you feel ready and confident!

5. Make mistakes and be yourself!


Erm, sorry, did I read that right? Make mistakes?

YES!


Making mistakes is all part and parcel of performing. It’s bound to happen at some point, so let it!


One of the most common things I hear after we perform is...


“You all look like you’re having so much fun!!”


I never hear…


“Well you made several mistakes and therefore I couldn’t enjoy all your happy smiling faces” - ?!


It’s not about perfection. It’s about enjoyment. 😆


This is arguably one of the most important parts of performing.


This is why I regularly say to my choir…


“I don’t care if you screw it up, as long as you’re smiling and laughing about it!”

So let’s get used to those mistakes folks. They don’t define you. People won’t remember the mistakes, they’ll remember how the choir made them feel.




Now you’re ready!


Look at that, you’re totally ready to perform your socks off and have a blast while you do it!


You got this.


Next stop, Broadway! 🤩


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