CHRISTMAS CHOIR PROJECT!
As we cannot gather together to celebrate Christmas as we usually would do, we would like to invite as many of you as possible to take part in our Christmas Choir Project and record yourself singing carols that will then be shared as part of our Carols by Candelight service online at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th December.
If you would like to take part, please read through the information below.
Virtual Christmas Choir 2020
Thank you for participating in this choir. The final videos will feature in our online Carols By Candlelight service, and will also be shared with other churches for use in their Christmas services.
You do not have to record every carol, just those you feel comfortable with. The guide tracks, words/music and upload links are available further down this page.
"Hark the Herald"
and "Silent Night"
are contemporary arrangements. Please feel free to sing the tune or to harmonise. If you want to provide more than one audio track, e.g. tune and harmony, that is fine. Please avoid voicing consonants at the ends of lines unless very lightly and with exactly the timing sung on the guide track; this will help us avoid "Rising with healing in his wings-s-s-s-s"
. For groups singing "Risen with healing in his win..."
is fine – only one person needs to sing the "s"
for it to be heard.
"Ding Dong Merrily"
is a traditional arrangement for four part choir. Please watch the conductor closely – you do not want to be the person holding a note when everyone else has stopped! Please also note the dynamics marked in the music.
For "Away in a Manager"
we would love to have some children backed by an adult choir. You are also welcome to submit instrumental tracks.
Please play the guide tracks on one device with headphones on while recording yourself (both video and audio) on another device. We want you to record just your voice, which will be mixed with the rest of the choir and instrumental tracks. Some of you will have a vocal microphone but recording on a smart phone is also OK. Please record your video in landscape, in other words, hold the phone sideways! Fill up the picture with yourself as much as possible. A plain background like a white wall works best, but we do not mind too much. If you prefer you can record the audio and video separately and send us two files (one for the audio mix and one for the music video).
Please upload your contributions by 6.00pm on Monday 16th November
using the relevant Upload links below
Feel free to wear your favouite Christmas jumper, bauble earrings or tinsel in your hair!
Hark the Herald (contemporary)
Silent Night (contemporary)
Ding Dong Merrily on High (4 part choir)
Guide videos: Soprano
Away in a Manger (4 part choir, children and instrumental)
Guide tracks: Soprano/children
/ All parts