Choral singing and healthy voice production is a book to read from cover to cover or to dip into
at your leisure. It is both a reference book and a toolkit for getting more from your choral singing,
whether you are a choral director or a choral singer.
The author, Prof. David M Howard, is a voice scientist with a gift for explaining clearly and simply how
the voice works and how to keep it in healthy tip-top condition for singing (and speaking). He is also an
enthusiastic and experienced choral director with an ear acutely tuned to creating the best sound from
a choir. His new book distils his lectures and more into 178 pages packed with clear explanation,
practical tips, exercises, and useful lists and boxes that summarise the key facts and findings.
Read through the review comments and look through the book. Then order it on this page direct from
our distributor, YPD Books, or via Amazon. (Full review details on our Media Kit page.)
" ... this excellent resource ... filled with interesting, surprising, and fortifying information for all who
would wish to better understand how to sing for a lifetime." Brenda Smith, co-author with Robert
Sataloff of Choral pedagogy in The Choral Journal, official journal of the American Choral
"David Howard's new book has as much to offer the professional musician as the amateur enthusiast.
The style ... is refreshingly clear and direct, even when dealing with technical matters relating to
physiology and acoustics." Jeremy Summerly in Choir & Organ (Rheingold)
"This is a beautifully produced book, full of factual information ... presented in a direct and engaging
way ... many choral directors and singers will find solutions, explanations and inspiration ... [to] greatly
enhance their mutual enjoyment of choral singing." Sue Anderson, co-editor, in Singing, official
journal of the Association of Teachers of Singing
"This is an excellent book that should form part of the basic pedagogy for every aspiring and
established choral director. May Howard's irresistible energy, immense knowledge and practical
experience have great impact upon the choral world." Stuart Barr in Communicating Voice, official
journal of the British Voice Association.
"What a brilliant publication this is! I could not believe the quality of the content, but also the printing
and presentation. A true joy to browse through and a definite must for my choral conducting leadership
and communication students." Evangelos Himonides, Reader in Technology, Education and Music,
iMerc Co-Director, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
The pictures at the top of this page are taken at the pre-publication launch party last year at St
Sepulchre's, Holborn Viaduct, London. More pictures appear on our Gallery page of the launch party of
Prof David M Howard, the author, Ralph Allwood MBE, Director of the Rodolfus Choir, and members of
the choir. Why not take a moment to listen to them singing "Thou Wast, O God" (music by Thomas Tallis,
words by John Mason) in the natural dense reverberation of St Sepulchre's, the national
musicians'church, London, UK.
The video below is a recorded interview with David at the launch party. (Note: the picture appears
several seconds after the start of the music).