Sydney Harmony in isolation

Sydney Harmony in isolation
Type of post: Club news
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Posted By: Dick Bushell
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sat, 20 Jun 2020

While we have been unable to sing together in-person since mid-March, we have been busy working on new songs and refining some of our established repertoire at our weekly online Zoom rehearsals.
In May we began the process of producing our first "virtual chorus" video. We asked all our guys to record audio of themselves singing along to a guide track made especially for this project. Once all the tracks were submitted and synchronised, we then got everyone to video themselves singing along to the completed track. Our resident film student Liam Dwyer then did a superb job on the video production. We are so proud of how it turned out!

So for our first isolation project we'd like to share our "at home" version of The Irish Blessing, a song that we’ve sung at the end of each rehearsal for 20 years but now has become even more relevant to us all in these times. We hope you enjoy it.

BREAKING NEWS: In April the City of Sydney announced that they were going to release an extra $7.5 million to help fund local Arts and Community groups who would be struggling during the COVID-19 lockdown. Sydney Harmony submitted an application and we’ve just received confirmation from the Lord Mayor that our application was successful! We are so stoked! The grant will allow us to purchase new music and to produce more “virtual chorus” videos while we are unable to sing together. The aim is to help us with member retention through the lockdown period - and hopefully with membership expansion once we get through this difficult time.

We can only recommend to all barbershop groups across the country to be vigilant and pursue any opportunities you may come across for funding that may be offered by National, State or Local government authorities. As musicians, as singers - we are a vital part of the community. And we are worthy.

May the Road Rise to Meet You!

Tony Sykes
Sydney Harmony VP Music