Peeblesshire choir members sing together online


A PEEBLESSHIRE choir sang online to defeat virus restrictions.

The InChorus members resumed rehearsals in a virtual setting after being devastated by the news that they could no longer meet.

During their video reunion, the singers continued as usual – chatting, joking, catching up on their lockdown antics, and most important of all, they sang.

And the choir’s musical director, Ondrej Soukup, was keen to set up the online videoconferencing service for the group, organizing rehearsals as soon as possible.

Ondrej told the Peeblesshire News: “I realized it was essential that InChorus meet without delay.

“We all miss each other too much. So I started doing some rehearsals that were a little different from normal but which were really fun.”

While enjoyable for all singers, some were skeptical of how the video rehearsals would work.

Ondrej added: “We are starting to learn a new song appropriate to the current situation, so we hope the public will be watching our performance on social media in the coming weeks.”

Sixty-three singers joined the virtual singing on Monday evening, with the various sections keeping in touch and rehearsing at home before the whole choir gathered.

In addition to looking to share his first performance online on social media, InChorus has posted “flashback” videos of past performances, including one of his all-time favorites, Jackie’s “Higher and Higher”. Wilson.

Choir director Cath Shepheard said: “Like everyone in the country, we miss our families dearly. On top of that, we miss our InChorus family.

“Between our main rehearsal and our small section sessions, we find that this is a wonderful way to keep us all connected, and we are proud to report that almost our entire large choir has managed to connect.”

InChorus rehearsals take place online, using Zoom, every Monday evening.

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