"David Howard's new book has as much to offer the professional musician as the amateur enthusiast. Talking helpfully about effective choral training requires logic and technical expertise every bit as much as it requires passion and musicianship. David Howard has all these qualities in abundance and his new book is a welcome addition to the choral bibliography", says the reviewer Jeremy Summerly in the latest edition of Choir & Organ (Rhinegold).
This book distils Prof David Howard's many years of experience as a choral director and singer and a leading voice scientist, specialising in the health and acoustics of the human voice and of the performance space. Ralph Allwood MBE, Director of the Rodolfus Choir, says in the book's Foreword: "Achieving an excellent performance is now within the grasp of all choirs. Thankfully, David Howard's book brings that day closer."
In a book fully illustrated in colour with many diagrams and photographs, David clearly explains the anatomy of the human voice, how to sing healthily, warm up and cool down exercises, a healthy/unhealthy environment, food and drink choices, acoustics of space and choral layout, pitch, good choral tuning and blend, common FAQs, and useful appendices including how hearing works, auditions and setting up a choir.
This book is not only for the aspiring choral conductor, but refreshes and brings up to date the experienced choral director. As said in Choir & Organ: "I tried out his suggestions at the earliest opportunity and found out they worked: Howard can indeed teach an old dog new tricks." In addition, for choral singers, this book will hugely enrich their pleasure in singing and performance. They will learn how choral singing 'works', to look after their voices and how to sing for the better enjoyment of themselves and their audiences.