FHS VIRTUAL CHOIR

ALDER CENTRE Charity Single 2021

As part of our ongoing support for the Alder Centre, our Music Department team spearheaded a charity single project, hoping to bring together community choir voices from across Merseyside to record remotely but come together online.

Resources for the virtual recording are below:

If you would like to get involved, please follow the instruction below:

  1. Head to our webpage https://www.formbyhighschool.com/fhs-virtual-choir/
  2. Download the guide tracks  – there are four voice types to choose from – soprano, alto and tenor. For younger voices, there is a unison track of the main melody. There are also PDF file lyrics sheets and a music score too!
  3. Listen to the track lots and really learn your part – please stick to the exact melody on the guide track – no improvising!
  4. Record an audio of you singing your part on your phone or other device. PLEASE listen to the guide track on headphones whilst singing/recording to make sure you sing in tune and in time.
  5. Make sure you are in a quiet room, with no extra background noises or distractions.
  6. Email  your track to our Music Department Virtual Choir team at virtualchoir2020@formbyhighschool.com
  7. You can also use www.wetransfer.com
  8. Let’s aim for a deadline of Tuesday 30 November to submit your recordings.
  9. We will work the magic and mix all your audio tracks and create a video featuring EVERYONE.

There will be two ‘Zoom rehearsals’ to help teach you the song. These will take place on Monday 22 and Wednesday 24 November from 7.00pm – 7.45pm. Please email us at virtualchoir2020@formbyhighschool.com and we will send you the joining link.

The song will receive its premiere at the Alder Centre Candle Service on Thursday 9 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 an opportunity for reflection, remembrance and hope for the Alder Centre community. This year’s event will, once again, be streamed online.

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MERSEYSIDE SCHOOLS VIRTUAL CHOIR: Above Us Only Sky

Throughout 2021, our Music Department team at Formby High School have encouraging enthusiastic singers from across Sefton and Merseyside to add their voices to a new virtual choir track. Recorded at school, remotely at home and in local primary schools, ‘Above Us Only Sky’ is a super catchy, original pop song which celebrates all that is amazing and unique about our Liverpool city region. The music and lyrics were composed by Mr Cook, Mr Heatherington and GCSE Music students. Vocal coaching was also provided by Miss Dilworth and Mr Cook. Thanks to Sefton LCEP for their support and to everyone who contributed their amazing voices – young and older, far and wide!

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ALDER CENTRE VIRTUAL CHOIR

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/

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SHINE

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/

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EDUCATE AWARDS 2020 – Heroes

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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

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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!”

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