We may be in lockdown right now, but that has not dulled our choir’s enthusiasm for singing! Thanks to the genius of our MD, Catherine Field-Leather, we’re able to work on new music via video call through Project DistanSing, thus expanding our wonderful repertoire. Although we had great fun recording our recent self-isolated ‘Super Trouper’, we have a lot more songs lined up!

And here’s where you come in… Have you always been interested in joining a choir, but never quite found the time? Well, now you can! We’re inviting enthusiastic musical theatre fans to get involved with Project DistanSing over the next few weeks. Here’s everything you need to know…

Harrogate Theatre Choir Project DistanSing

What is Project DistanSing?

Project DistanSing provides a fun way of making music together whilst enjoying a little normality. Through the wonders of technology, solo voices can be recorded and, with a bit of magic, brought together to make a virtual performance that we can share with others on social media! We also use our recordings to support Mind in Harrogate, our chosen charity.

How will Project DistanSing work?

Catherine provides piano accompaniments for all the different voice parts for each song as well as song sheets. Our virtual rehearsal via Zoom is held on a Thursday evening, which always starts with a chit chat and a fun warm-up! We then break into smaller voice groups and Catherine ‘visits’ us in our virtual breakout rooms to go through the current piece – highlighting rhythm and timing issues, whilst giving us the opportunity to raise any questions with her. 

Is there a fee to join Harrogate Theatre Choir for Project DistanSing?

The fee will be £30 for the spring/summer term, which is the same as full HTC members are paying.

What will we be singing?

We are currently working on the beautiful ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ with plans to record Carole King’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, ‘Anthem’ from Chess and a showstopper item. This will either be ‘From Now On’ from The Greatest Showman or ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray!

Is there an opportunity to join HTC after the lockdown?

Anyone interested in join us when we are able to restart our normal rehearsals will go on our waiting list.  

How do I sign up for Project DistanSing?

Please email our Secretary with a few details about yourself and your singing experience – whatever it is – to HTCSecretary17@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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