Thank you for joining our amazing virtual ‘Sing at Home’ chorus for our performance of Messiah on December 10th from St John’s Smiths Square, London. The performance will begin at 7pm and you can find more information about how to watch here, it will be live-streamed on both Facebook and YouTube and will also be available to watch afterwards. If you missed our inaugural performance on 3 December, featuring our range of choral partners and our wonderful ‘Sing at Home’ chorus, you can still watch it here.
We remind you that we are asking all members of the ‘Sing at Home’ chorus to record their own individual contributions for three choruses in Messiah – “And the Glory”, “Hallelujah!” and “Worthy is the Lamb”. It is fine to submit just one or two of the three choruses if you do not have enough time or your voice is getting tired, although we recommend recording each chorus on separate occasions, not all three on one go! Please read the details below carefully.
You will find the full instructions for how to upload your tracks here LHF Messiah [Sing at Home Christmas 2021] Chorus Filming Instructions, where you will also find a link to download the backing tracks for the three choruses, conducted by Laurence Cummings, with the London Handel Orchestra and voices included. You should use these as the backing tracks for your own recorded submissions. Please note that you can find in the downloads your own voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) in the videos to which you can sing along.
We encourage you to download the tracks as soon as possible, and start to prepare by singing along with your own score. To help you with this, here are downloadable 30-minute rehearsals prepared by Laurence Cummings specially for the ‘Sing at Home’ chorus for each of the three choruses. You can watch these at any time.
And the Glory (tenor and bass)
And the Glory (alto)
And the Glory (soprano)
Hallelujah! (all voices)
Worthy is the Lamb (all voices)
Once you feel prepared, we strongly advise you to do a few trial runs at recording yourself as soon as possible – a “dress rehearsal” of each chorus. We will be organising a Zoom call with Alex James, our technical manager, in September and it would be helpful if you have tried recording yourself before then, so that you can ask him questions directly to support your progress.
You can also find short clips with handy tips which Laurence recorded for our ‘Come and Sing’ event in 2019 here:
So far we have received bookings from across the United Kingdom, and also from countries around the world. It would be great to have a big, international chorus for this project, so please share the details with your singing friends by sending them the booking link below. We are aiming for a chorus of at least 250 (with even distribution across parts – tenors and basses particularly needed!) so please help us spread the word, anyone interested should book now to guarantee a place in this landmark performance.
Please remember that you need to submit your videos by midnight on 3 October to guarantee inclusion in the final ‘virtual’ performance. Good luck with all your preparations!