Friday, April 8, 2011

Virtual Choir 2011

At long last, here's the final video: Eric Whitacre's song 'Sleep' - 2052 performances combining as one powerful rendition! The 2011 Virtual Choir video features 2052 performances of 'Sleep' from 1752 singers in 58 countries, individually recorded and uploaded to YouTube.


I celebrated my 60th birthday recently and have been singing in auditioned choirs all my life, from age 5! However, recording my part for the VC is the HARDEST singing I’ve ever done. I lost count of how many attempts I made at the recording – the slightest voice wobble or error in breathing sticks out like a sore thumb and you feel so exposed! Gone is the comfort and confidence that the presence of choir mates all around you provides. Even so, I’m glad I persevered and I’m awfully proud to be a part of this huge undertaking.

Tamsin Jones (Alto) also participated in VC 2011 (or VC 2.0 as it is sometimes called) and had the good fortune to be at the Paley Center in New York for the premiere on Thursday, April 7, 2011 6:00 pm ET (US) - that was 10:00 am on Friday morning here in New Zealand. Here is what she says:

"I attended the premiere in NYC and was actually interviewed during the event. The video is here http://www.paleycenter.org/2011-spring-eric-whitacre and I'm interviewed about 43mins in. But the whole video is worth a watch if you haven't seen it yet.

I got to meet Eric Whitacre after the show, and we were even filmed by American ABC having a chat with him. And a reporter from New Scientist was asking me questions too. It was super fun and a great experience."

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