SING AND SEND

Our Recording Project

Welcome to the Homechoir recordings page, where you can find all the information you need to take part in our new “Sing and Send” project, starting Wednesday 5 May 2021.

WHAT IS SING AND SEND?

We have been listening to your feedback and it seems the thing that causes people most stress in recording is worry that the final product is ‘not good enough’. Remember, when we sing in a face-to-face choir, every time we sing there will be tiny slips – this is what it is to be human!

Sing and Send aims to remove this stress by inviting singers to take part in our recording sessions (you can watch live, or when you have the time). It works like this:

  1. Learn the piece beforehand. We will always put the teaching video and resources up a week before we sing so you have time to learn and revise the music.
  2. Grab a recording device, headphones AND a device to watch along with the recording session. Plug your headphones into the device you are watching on, and set your recording device up ready.
  3. Start watching the Sing and Send session. Press record on the recording device when Ben asks you to.
  4. Have fun singing along with Ben and the other members of Homechoir.
  5. When you are finished, press STOP on the recording device.
  6. Don’t listen back, just SEND the recording to us at recordings@homechoir.uk.
  7. You can do this via email OR via a file sharing service such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. USEFUL GUIDE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2024oLK2Vk
  8. Have a cup of tea and enjoy the rest of your day.

We are offering ‘SING AND SEND’ on a ‘Pay What You Feel’ basis.

YOU CAN JOIN OUR PATREON AND SUPPORT THE CHANNEL:  www.patreon.com/homechoir.  

IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN GIVE US A TIP HERE:

PAYPAL LINK

We hope you enjoy our sessions and do please tell your friends about us!

PROJECT FOUR

Submissions open from May 26 – June 14 2021

Our fourth piece is a very special Homechoir exclusive! We are going to sing the wonderful words of Nesta Jenner to the music of the great Beethoven – the ODE TO CHEESE!

We will be singing this in our Sing and Send session on Weds May 26 – but you can watch and take part at any time.

This piece is all in unison (with optional harmony at the end) and is a great fun singalong. There is no score for this, though the words are shared below. Enjoy – and you might want to hold your noses for this one!

ODE TO CHEESE BACKING TRACK mp3

PROJECT THREE

Submissions open from May 19 – June 7 2021

Our third piece is the beautiful I Waited For The Lord by Mendelssohn. The teaching video link is below (goes live at 12pm on 12 May 2021), and all the one voice louder parts are available to download as mp3s below that.

Score here (this is a homechoir exclusive score in a nice low key!). http://homechoir.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/I-Waited-For-The-Lord.pdf

I WAITED FOR THE LORD ALTO LOUDER
I WAITED FOR THE LORD BASS LOUDER
I WAITED FOR THE LORD SOP SOLO 1 LOUDER
I WAITED FOR THE LORD SOP SOLO 2 LOUDER
I WAITED FOR THE LORD CHOIR SOP LOUDER
I WAITED FOR THE LORD TENOR LOUDER

PROJECT TWO

Submissions open from May 12 – 31 2021

Our second song is the traditional sea song John Kanaka. The teaching video is below – and there are no individual parts for this one, as it is a community harmonised song, so please do enjoy singing along in whichever line you like. If the piece is new to you, or if you just want to remind yourself how it goes before we Sing and Send next on Wednesday 12th May 2021, please have a look and listen over the next few days!

Score available here: https://makingmusicfun.net/pdf/sheet_music/john-kanaka-lead-sheet.pdf

PROJECT ONE

Submissions open from May 5 – 31 2021

Our first song will be Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine”. The teaching video is below, and sound files for each part. If the piece is new to you, or if you just want to remind yourself how it goes before we Sing and Send next on Wednesday the 5th, please have a look and listen over the next few days!

You can download our guide tracks below. For those who are keen to try out your new recording skills, why not consider dropping these into your sequencer/DAW (Garageband/Audacity/ProTools) and singing along?

https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/3/3a/IMSLP04370-Cantique_de_jean_racine_-_faure_-_satb_organ.pdf

(These recordings are offered with a non-commercial Creative Commons License. It is OK to use and re-use these tracks provided if you publish them you acknowledge us and don’t make any money from them). See here for more details: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode

Thanks to Julie D for the pronunciation guide below:

Vowel sounds:

â (grâce)

é, et (répands, comblé)

è, lestes (fidèle) 

(de, te, le)

u (unique)

Silent e:

Pronounce the silent “e” if it has its own beat: 

(Silence, Jette)  

Silent s:

In most cases, the s at the end of a word is silent:

(Nous rompons, Très haut)

Unless the next word begins with a vowel: 

(Les yeux)

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Cantique de Jean Racine

(Additional thanks to Cynthia D-R for adding her voice to Julie’s on this recording.)