As you will know, choir life has been difficult during the pandemic. For over a year and a half we were unable to meet up in person to rehearse, and relied on Zoom rehearsals to get us through. And, even when we did get back to in-person rehearsals in September 2021, it wasn’t entirely clear how likely it would be that we would be able to hold a concert in front of hundreds of people. As it transpires, that was possible – but we also planned to record a video to showcase the choir just in case.
Our Musical Director, Jenny Sumerling, came up with the idea to have something to aim for as a choir. Almost two years had passed since we were able to perform in-person, and it was clear the fatigue that faced the choir from not having a concrete event to work towards was beginning to show. We engaged the help of the extremely-talented Spike Allibone from Night Train Productions, who was able to squeeze in a recording session before he had to work on a slightly smaller project called COP26!
The video for Ding Dong was recorded on Saturday 9 October 2021 in St John’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. Regular listeners of Cadenza will know that this piece features on our Christmas CD Bright Star and that track has been played on Classic FM – so it was great for the choir to be able to record a video for it too. We were delighted to be joined once again by Morley Whitehead, reprising his role as organist on our CD for the video too. As well as a full crew, Spike also brought a drone for some creative shots too!
We are very proud of the result – and we hope you are too!
We wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas, and a peaceful New Year!