Orpheus Choir Wellington’s director Brent Stewart ran an innovative and highly enjoyable online rehearsal this week during lockdown – rated by all who took part as a runaway success!
Brent says: “For community choirs, turning up to rehearsals each week is about so much more than singing. It’s about connecting, and this virtual platform offered a genuine opportunity to sing and be together without members requiring cameras or microphones.”
The 2-hour rehearsal was streamed live on YouTube, with Brent crossing to various members of the choir to provide physical and vocal warm-ups and language coaching, interspersed with some serious work on aspects of Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Poulenc’s Gloria. After a 5-minute break for choir members to make themselves a cuppa (accompanied by on-screen countdown), ‘Orpheans’ enjoyed hearing the experiences of a member who was trapped on a cruise ship due to Covid-19, a message from the choir’s Chair, a fun quiz, a video of a 2019 Orpheus performance, and a solo piano item.
Technical whiz Brent Stewart managed the whole ‘broadcast’ from his home music studio and has put together this funky little trailer to show how it all worked! Ka pai Brent and the Orpheus Choir!