Fascinating Rhythm and Rob Mance
Fascinating Rhythm has enjoyed another two coaching sessions with the fabulous vocal coach Rob Mance, who was back in the UK in April.
Fascinating Rhythm first met Rob back in January 2022, when he encouraged individual chorus members to improve their singing posture and vocal technique and introduced some new warm-up exercises focused on improving pitch and vocal harmony. Since then, Musical Director, Jo has been encouraging chorus members to practice and embed Rob’s advice and develop and enhance the overall chorus sound.
“As a group, we’ve been working hard to implement and embed all the techniques Rob left us with earlier in the year and have felt and heard a step-change already. These extra sessions have been so well-timed to enable us to consolidate our learning and move forward again”.Jo said.
This time, Rob worked with the chorus to build on the individual vocal instruction and apply it to the ensemble sound. Working intensively on one of the two songs that Fascinating Rhythm is preparing for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) convention, Rob also drilled down into the detail of each musical line to add layers of artistry and performance.
Fascinating Rhythm is currently working on a couple of songs in preparation for the Cheltenham Musical Festival. The chorus will be competing in two classes – Songs From the Shows and Ladies Choir – and is looking forward to sharing these numbers with the festival audience on 14 May 2022.
Reflecting on the coaching sessions, Jo said “Trying to get back to our high standard of singing after 18 months apart has, at times, felt insurmountable. Our time with Rob has shown us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Under his careful and safe instruction, Rob has reignited our passion for singing, provided us with a clear road map and helped us believe once more just what we are capable of. We’re really looking forward to taking our developing new sound onto the Convention stage in Bournemouth later in the year”.