FHS Virtual Choir 2020

MERSEYSIDE SCHOOLS VIRTUAL CHOIR: Above Us Only Sky

Throughout February and March, our Music team are encouraging young people from across Sefton and Merseyside to add their voices to a new virtual choir track. ‘Above Us Only Sky’ is an original song which celebrates all that is amazing and unique about our city region. Pleased download the info pack and other resources and submit you voices by Friday 19 March 2021.

ALDER CENTRE VIRTUAL CHOIR 2020

Throughout the Autumn term 2020, our Music Department team spearheaded another virtual choir project, hoping to bring together community choir voices from across Merseyside to record remotely but come together online.

We agreed to produce a virtual choir recording for the Alder Centre Candle Service on Thursday 10 December. This is a beautiful, annual event that supports and celebrates the fantastic work undertaken by the Alder Centre for bereaved parents and families. The service is held in Liverpool Cathedral and provides and opportunity for reflection, remembrance and hope for the Alder Centre community. This year, the event was streamed online.

We will recording a version of the 1990s hit by Julia Fordham ‘Hope Prayer & Time’.

For details about the wonderful work of the Alder Centre, please look online: https://aldercentre.org.uk/

We will be holding a series of online singalong sessions to enable as many people as possible to learn the song, then go away and record it at home. Full details can be found in the info pack (click here).

SHINE

 

EDUCATE AWARDS VIRTUAL CHOIR 2020  – Heroes

Supported by our colleagues at the Educate Awards and featuring some amazingly talented staff voices from Team Formby High and beyond, this recording is in honour of all school staff across the North West for their fantastic efforts since March 2020!

 

VIRTUAL CHOIR LIVE LOUNGE FOR ALZHEIMER”S UK

Following the success of our Virtual Choir rehearsal in May, which generated a fantastic £1600 for Alzheimer’s UK, our Music Department has carried on their fundraising work with a virtual concert just before the end of the academic year.

Following 10 weeks of weekly Zoom gigs, the team  set aside a two hour window for a ‘Lockdown Live Lounges: Greatest Hits’ season finale. The evening featured a whole host of performers who had taken part so far who performed their favourite tracks.

We had a ‘star-studded’ line-up of students from all years, staff, parents and friends who are really brilliant – all performing live and unleashed from home – everything from classical harp, folk fiddle, ukulele, guitar, piano, clarinet, cello … and singers from all genres – jazz, blues, pop, soul, musical theatre and stunning original singer-songwriting!

Thanks again to everyone involved for their amazing support over the past few months – we are really grateful and touched by the response from our online audiences. It has meant so much to so many people!

Donations can still be made using the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Formby-High-Music-Department1

Parent feedback…

Music is such an amazing gift, isn’t it? What a fab amount has been raised for Alzheimer’s… over £700… wow! It’s a cause very close to our hearts, as you know. I really hope you’ll have a chance for a good rest over the summer. I can’t imagine how difficult this term has been for you and all the staff at Formby High. Let’s hope things are back to a relative normal in September.”

We can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you’ve put into Lockdown Live Lounges!

Having the weekly event has given everyone something to focus on during this truly difficult time!  What will we do on Wednesday evenings now?”

Just a very quick message to say thank you for organising the Lockdown Lounges over the recent weeks. We’ve loved being a part of it all … so many of the lovely performances! Thanks, especially, for the fundraiser last night. It’s a cause which is very close to home so bravo for surpassing your target so comfortably!”

2020 was the year that was so crazy that a Harry Connick tribute act, a Mamma Mia homage and a rapping RSE education teacher were cherished as moments of sanity.

Pure escapism – A weekly reminder that there’s plenty to smile about.

Great diversity in the singing/music. Some really talented youngsters too. All in all great entertainment.

Fantastic weekly Zoom rendez-vous experiences for sharing a breadth of musical talents, whether they be from the more experienced performers or unearthing the less confident ‘give a go’ participants! All-in-all, a HUGE well done to everyone involved!

Thank you so much for the weekly ‘Live Lounge’, you’ve been lockdown heroes, bringing music, entertainment and connection to people whilst we’ve been forced to be distant.

The lockdown live lounges kept me sane during lockdown!! I really looked forward to everyones performances each week and everyone was so supportive. One of my lockdown highlights!!

For me it was like The Royal Variety show beamed into our living rooms! (Chloe Taylor – FHS Alumni – West End Musical Theatre performer, pictured above)

VIRTUAL CHOIR DEBUT ‘FIX YOU’