I'm very excited to report that I've just joined a choir! It's a bit daunting though - having never done any singing before. My singing experience is limited to the ABRSM Aural tests!
For various reasons, I haven't played violin for a while and miss being involved in music. So I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get back into music, but away from the violin. I went to my first rehearsal this week and it is a lovely group. Everyone reads music but the overall standard is not too high, although there are some very good singers there. Most importantly it's very friendly with a drink at the pub afterwards! We're singing Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man which is new to me. We're working towards a concert in July where we'll be singing together with three other choirs - so safety in numbers!
The first rehearsal was unsurprisingly quite a challenge - in particular how to breathe - I kept running out of breath mid phrase! Also, pitching the notes - particularly in chromatic passages. I've been listening to the music on YouTube and we have some recordings of the individual parts - I'm singing alto by the way - no way I can attempt any high notes. So I'm using those to generally familiarise myself with the music. I also have a keyboard so I plan to play the individual phrases and try singing them back at home.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has any other advice for me. I'm also considering having some singing lessons, especially to get help with the breathing technique. So if anyone can recommend a teacher in the London area (preferably North or East) that would be great.