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SINGING ON: Northwood Choral Society keeps the music alive

 Published on: 8th August 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Northwood Choral Society said they kept the music alive during lockdown by embracing virtual sessions.

The society swiftly moved online when the pandemic began and, by the end of the term, two thirds of the choir had joined the online sessions.

They put together three virtual choir recordings on their website and also held a virtual concert, where around 10 members each sang a piece of music from The Great American Songbook, the collective term for music written by the likes of Kern, Rodgers, Gershwin, Porter and more.  

The society are now planning their next term online, starting on September 20 with a free, open rehearsal encouraging new singers to try out.

They are also planning a streamed socially distanced concert of the Mozart Requiem, with the audience online.

Julie Bale, musical director, said: “Lockdown threw all of us into disarray. We had to postpone our concert of Mozart Requiem, which was due to take place on March 21, and we were ready to perform. However, we had two thirds of our choir online at our weekly rehearsals by the end of our term. Being online is not the same as in a rehearsal but we need to keep the choir and the music alive for our wellbeing.”

To join them for the free open rehearsals, please RSVP on their website or contact

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