Chordiality annually holds a sell-out Christmas concert at their headquarters at First Martyrs Church in Heaton. But sadly, this year, along with all music and theatre performances, it has fallen victim to the Covid lockdown measures.
For the 300 people that would have attended, the concert has become a traditional start to the festive week that follows and is always enthusiastically received.
“Christmas is a time for families, but this year it is going to be difficult for everyone, especially as we all face some sort of lockdown,” said the choir’s Music Director Peter Sherlock. “So, we decided to try and bring Christmas to them with a seasonal concert recorded virtually and published online.”
Chordiality has enjoyed considerable success with a series of lockdown recordings that have been posted on YouTube. It was this success that sparked the idea – if the audience couldn’t come to the choir, then the choir would take Christmas to their audience.
The virtual, 25-minute concert has been recorded individually by the singers, in their own homes, and then carefully patched together by recording expert Richard Reeday.
The finished performance comprises festive songs focussed on the Christmas story and also includes readings and carols, which are subtitled so that viewers can sing along with the choir.
Work is now under way to make the concert available to as many people as possible across Bradford by contacting churches in the area and promoting the concert on social media.
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