Search

What can you do if you think you can’t sing?

PUBLISHED: 07:36 13 July 2018

Singing on stage as a choir after a couple of voice workshops was brilliant fun; perhaps I can sing after all? Picture: Getty Images

Singing on stage as a choir after a couple of voice workshops was brilliant fun; perhaps I can sing after all? Picture: Getty Images

This content is subject to copyright.

I started to think my singing was getting better, but had to think again, writes Jo Malone

Finding a key that suits my voice has never been easy. Picture: Getty ImagesFinding a key that suits my voice has never been easy. Picture: Getty Images

Whether it’s before school plays and assemblies or for sports days and competitions, I always tell the girls they’ll be fine and that nerves are a good thing.

But I had forgotten how scary performing – whether for music or sport - can be.

I can’t even remember ever being on a stage, or even backstage, apart from once or twice at school trillions of years ago and even then I think our recorder group was beside, rather than on, the stage.

But waiting to perform at the World Music Workshop Festival near Bungay last weekend with a Zimbabwean Voice workshop group was pretty jolly terrifying. We’d joined a couple of workshops and suddenly we were about to perform in front of what looked like an audience of hundreds in the Big Top.

Singing in a choir is an absolutely wonderful feeling. Picture: Getty ImagesSinging in a choir is an absolutely wonderful feeling. Picture: Getty Images

I was so nervous my Fitbit heart rate tracker thought I was about to have a heart attack. But as we sang our harmonies and I saw Keola in the audience, looking absolutely delighted and fit to burst with pride, I was so pleased I joined in and began imagining finding a local choir to join.

I do like a good sing, but finding and staying in key isn’t easy.

It could be hereditary. Dad had an interesting singing voice and I remember my brother and I getting a huge fit of the giggles as we stood next to one another at a wedding, both desperately 
trying to stay in some sort of 
tune and both trying to cover up the other’s only very slightly off tone singing. I’m sure the hymn was in an odd key.

There was a little bit of 
wincing from the pew behind and some turning round from the people in front as we gamely carried on attempting to find the key, getting louder and louder. Mum tried to glare, but mostly caught our giggles.

I do like singing though, despite Sunny requesting frequently as a small child: “Can you stop that noise mum”.

This week, once she’d finished laughing after I’d told her 
I’d been on stage, singing, she said: “And they let you?” swiftly followed by:

“And did people move away?”

I admitted that it had been tricky to find the harmony 
section my voice suited, 
everyone seemed too high, or too low or just different. But they hadn’t moved away, if anything they moved closer.

Suddenly I’m wondering if maybe they were trying to cover up my noise?

Perhaps I should spare our 
local choirs...

Other news

Yesterday, 18:33

The woman tipped to temporarily take the reins at the region’s ambulance trust when the service’s chief executive steps down has a history of turning around a failing hospital.

Yesterday, 17:18

Police are treating a blaze at a derelict building which forced residents to shut their windows and doors as arson.

Yesterday, 06:00

Norfolk hospitals depend on the European Union for more than one in 10 doctors, new figures revealed, as uncertainty over Brexit threatens to worsen the crisis in the NHS.

Mon, 17:31

Controversial plans for Swaffham Town Council to borrow money for a new 51-home development on Days Field have been met with concerns from local residents and have divided the town council.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:18

Police are treating a blaze at a derelict building which forced residents to shut their windows and doors as arson.

Read more
Mon, 17:09

A cyclist is in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a collision in Swaffham on Sunday afternoon.

Read more
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The closure of a major American airbase is to be delayed by another year.

Read more
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Police will begin using lie detector tests on sex offenders in Norfolk to help identify previously unknown information.

Read more
United States
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shock figures have revealed that more than 100,000 properties in Norfolk are at risk of being flooded.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 6°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Watton and Swaffham Times e-edition today
E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Watton and Swaffham Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy