Teaching, learning and performing music online is a new experience for us all. Creativity, innovation and technology mixed with lots of hard work have enabled us to keep making music together, even while we’re physically apart.
We’ve been asking DaCapo teachers, parents and students to let us know how they are finding it. The responses have been really positive. To explain how some of the ‘DaCapo at Home’ lessons are working, we’ll be sharing some of what’s happening this term and the feedback we're getting.
Here, DaCapo student and trustee Monica Healy explains how the Adult Choir are creatively singing together this term:
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by Bobby Scott, was the song that the adult choir, led by Greg, had been working on before lockdown. It seemed an entirely appropriate song for these times, but how to keep singing it and how to keep in touch with each other?
DaCapo and Greg are as resourceful as ever. By the 25th April we’ve had an almost full choir coming together for our Saturday sessions.
Greg leads us through voice exercises and plays the sectional parts to the muted participants who sing along with him. It is great that I can be a diva, belting out my part at full volume with no one but me hearing. It enables me to feel confident and learn from my mistakes.
We also use an app which has a range of music and you can listen to your own part and sing it against the others so we gather on a Saturday by Zoom and sing our hearts out to anything from “California Dreaming” to Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum’.
Greg, inspired by Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir of 2000, has also asked us to record and upload ourselves singing our part. He plans to put it all together to create a virtual choir singing “He Ain’t Heavy” - watch this space for the finished project!
It’s wonderful making music together, though apart, seeing the DaCapo family and having a precious relief from stress."
If you’re interested in hearing more about the Dacapo choir please get in touch.