Our vocal warm up included ‘sirening’ (singing a short, sliding scale to the sound ‘ng’) and was followed by some very nice singing of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ by the whole choir. We then practised our diction with some tongue twisters:
A big black bug bit a big black bear.
Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
Saying these tricky phrases piano (quietly), forte (loudly), presto (quickly) and lento (slowly) helped us to get our facial muscles working hard!
The choir did some really good work on Senwa Dedende, trying it out as a round for the first time. We got ourselves hungry for dinner with a poem about pies, which will be good preparation for learning Great Big House next week. (Miss Langley Higgs went home and ate steak pie for her dinner!) The choir finished with some very confident singing and instrument playing to one of this week’s school songs.
Everyone was given a folder of music to take home – this is for choir members to keep, in case you want to look at the music in between rehearsals. There is no need to bring your folder to rehearsals. Well done everyone!
Quick tip – healthy vocal muscles: Your voice is powered by muscles called ‘vocal folds’ and they need to be looked after and exercised regularly; to keep your vocal folds healthy, strong and working well, drink plenty of water and try doing a little gentle ‘sirening’ every day.