Singing with the cat

When Rose first mentioned the idea of recording a choir video, my initial thought was, Oh well not something I can be a part of. This was based solely on seeing other choirs’ videos during lockdown: they looked so professional and slick that I doubted I could master the technology, let alone the singing of contributing to one for MCC.

However, after Rose sent us her very informative, helpful and explanatory video on how to organize equipment and devices to do the recording, I thought maybe I will have a go. Once I’d managed to set up laptop, earpiece and phone it started to feel a lot easier, but the first few practice recordings sounded reedy and out of tune.

After talking to other altos I was reassured that it wasn’t just me, and I realised that the trick was to do lots of warm-ups beforehand. The poor cat was subjected to endless versions of “I wish I knew how” at all hours of the day, until it came to V-Day, the final take.

In the end, the trauma turned out not to be the singing but having to look at myself on an unflattering phone camera. Do I really look like that? A quick check of the sound – OK – and I decided that was the one and only take. I sent it off to Rose with a great sense of relief, but also of pride that I’d managed to do it.

As for the finished product- wow! So here’s to the next video, which will be so much easier now we’re all seasoned pros! A huge thank you to Mark, the producer, and most of all to Rose for her inspiration, her help, and all her hard work in keeping us connected in these difficult times.

Lizzie Gent

About Manchester Community Choir

Manchester Community Choir exists to bring together and to encourage people from all sections of the community to sing together and share the joy of song.
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