WARRINGTON Male Voice Choir has been going live with four virtual recordings on their YouTube channel to sing in summer!
Tuesday 1 June saw the choir’s performances get underway with Jimmy Webb’s classic ‘Didn’t We’ (https://youtu.be/oj3Da6kp4bg).
Written by the choir’s Musical Director Russell Paterson, the beautiful ‘Break! Break! Break! (https://youtu.be/n1ETaZDrFlE) went live on Wednesday 2 June. Today, Thursday 3 June will see the choir perform ‘The Seal Lullaby’ (https://youtu.be/4cz1Ov7JTSc) and the curtain will come down on Friday 4 June, when Andrea Bocelli’s classic “The Prayer” (https://youtu.be/a7mEj32QLN4) is given the choral treatment
Each performance can be seen on the choir’s YouTube channel (Warrington Male Voice Choir) on the chosen day. They will also be able to be found by clicking each of the links, any time after 9am each day.
Following the Government’s initial pandemic lockdown announcement last March, the choir went virtual with its normal twice-weekly rehearsals, with choristers singing individually from their own homes for the first time. Since then, they have released performances, tributes and concerts on its YouTube channel. However, as people have begun to get back to some sort of normality, the choir recognises that people may not have the time to listen to a lengthy performance. So, for the first time, they have gone with individual performances on consecutive days.
At the same time as these performances are released, the choir, along with a great many others, is stepping up its objections to the ridiculous singing guidelines issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) on 18 May, whereby only groups of six amateur singers can meet indoors to sing.
The choir has already used social media to ask DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden and local MPs to explain the ‘very clear public health guidance’ the decision was based on. From this week choir members are being urged to write directly to their MP.