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OUR VIDEOS SO FAR...

Arranged by Eliza Fyfe
Edited by Martin Elsbury
Produced by Daniel Edney, Charles Grimsdale & Kristian Bressington

ChoirCast - Here Come The Slumbers (Beatles Mashup - Virtual Choir Cover)
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ChoirCast - Virtual Choir

ChoirCast - Here Come The Slumbers (Beatles Mashup - Virtual Choir Cover)

*Listen in headphones for best sound quality!* We present to you a Beatles mashup of Here Comes The Sun with Golden Slumbers, both from the 1969 Abbey Road album. Our talented video editor, Martin Elsbury, came up with a 60's photographical theme. "The winter of 62/63 in the UK was ‘a long cold lonely winter.’ At the end of December a blizzard swept across southern England causing deep snowdrifts to form. The snow was still lying around on the ground until well into March. I was 5 years old at the time and I remember trudging through snow to get to my first primary school in Bristol. Another thing I remember of the 60’s was my Dad’s involvement in photography. This was the decade when popular photography really took off. People bought cheap cameras and the development of mass printed colour photography made taking ‘snaps’ affordable to most people. My Dad was the manager of a photographic processing laboratory in Bristol. He was heavily involved in this new commercial opportunity. I can still remember the smell of the processing chemicals…” Also… can you spot Martin as a wee nipper?! Featuring 27 singers from around the world, all starting in Bristol. Everyone involved filmed themselves at home on their phones. Thanks to our soloists (in order of appearance): Jill Wilkins, Alison Wallis, Mary Smith, Vika Moisey & Zoe Reed. Video edited by Martin Elsbury Arranged, mixed and produced by Eliza Fyfe Want to get involved? Sign up here: https://www.choircast.com About choir director, Eliza Fyfe: https://www.elizafyfe.com
ChoirCast - Glimmers Of Light (Virtual Choir Original Song by Eliza Fyfe & Martin Elsbury)
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ChoirCast - Virtual Choir

ChoirCast - Glimmers Of Light (Virtual Choir Original Song by Eliza Fyfe & Martin Elsbury)

Want to get involved? Sign up here: https://www.choircast.com Choir director Eliza Fyfe & editor Martin Elsbury are proud to wrap up 2021 with an original Christmas song they wrote for ChoirCast, and also our 20th video release since April 2020! We present to you: Glimmers Of Light. Featuring 32 singers from around the world, all starting in Bristol. Everyone involved filmed themselves at home on their phones. We also projected this video at the first real life choir concert in 2 years in Bristol, with Eliza's community choir, Bristol Choir Brigade, joining in singing the melody. Our ChoirCast members from around the world attended the event on Zoom and it was a magical hybrid experience! There's still time to donate to Bristol Refugee Rights - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Eliza-Fyfe1 Merry Christmas! Lyrics: Bells ring out in the twilight Tomorrow is Christmas day Choirs unlocked sing together again Locked hand in hand they sway There’s sparkle in our eyes once more Harmonies ripple through grey All that we want at this magical time Is a song that’s here to stay Sing with us at Christmas time A star is piercing the night Laughter cascading, sadness is fading Together as glimmers of light Every window is gleaming Angels and children at play But all that we want in the candlelight glow Is to share our love far away Sing with us at Christmas time Follow the star shining bright Laughter cascading, sadness is fading Together as glimmers of light Snow falls soft in the desert night (snow on snow) The wars have all rusted away All that’s left in this broken land is our star lighting the way Sing with us at Christmas time Songs of our soul shine bright Laughter cascading, sadness is fading Together as glimmers of light, Bells ring out in the twilight Tomorrow is Christmas day The hope in our hearts can challenge the dark And illuminate dreams far away All that we want at this magical time Is a song that’s here to stay Video edited by Martin Elsbury Arranged and mixed by Eliza Fyfe About choir director, Eliza Fyfe: https://www.elizafyfe.com Glimmers Of Light Writing Process: Eliza: "The lyrics were inspired by thoughts and feelings from the choir during lockdown. A choir member mentioned missing the “sparkle in people’s” eyes. Another shared feeling of being back together again, “swaying hand in hand” being a beautiful image. I loved the reference to “glimmers of light” by another member in a poem she had written back in the first lockdown. Thank you, Vika, for inspiring our title :) I definitely found this a challenging yet rewarding experience musically - getting the right 'Christmassy' hopeful/joyful sound was difficult. The main thing was making sure I kept it simple and focused on making it about the choir. There’s a scattering of little sleigh bell sounds here and there, as well as a celeste and bells which were the favourite sounds selected by ChoirCast when I showed them some synth options during a rehearsal - thanks for this!" Martin: "The writing of this song was an interesting journey for us. The problem with writing a Christmas song, (especially one that is not overtly religious) is that it’s very easy to fall back on the familiar ideas that make other Christmas songs work well. We tried hard not to write a ‘cheesy’ song and while there are still some of those familiar ideas in our song, I think, (I hope), that we’ve also woven in some elements that speak from a deeper, more profound level. We discussed different ideas of what the song might be about but it was obvious from the start that an important theme would be the locking down and unlocking of choirs. That, after all, was the story of Choirantine and ChoirCast. Other sources of inspiration were explored and one idea that was strong in our minds and in the news at the time was the situation developing in Afghanistan. I felt strongly that the circumstances there were so unspeakably awful that we shouldn’t even attempt to make any direct reference to them in the song. However, I was inspired to write some lines and the ideas in the middle eight section (‘desert night’/ ’rusting wars’ / ‘broken land’) remain as a witness to the darkness. They are not overtly referencing their original inspiration but they act as a darker metaphor for any situation in the world or in human experience that seemingly lacks hope. I think that the tone of this section balances well with the more positive ‘return to singing’ / ‘shining songs’ / ‘love sharing’ ideas that drive the rest of the song."
ChoirCast - All You're Dreaming Of (Liam Gallagher Virtual Choir Cover)
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ChoirCast - Virtual Choir

ChoirCast - All You're Dreaming Of (Liam Gallagher Virtual Choir Cover)

Want to get involved? Sign up here: https://www.choircast.com/ What are you dreaming of as the world gradually opens up again? "All You're Dreaming Of" is a beautifully poetic song by Liam Gallagher which was released December 2020. Featuring 42 singers from around the world - and musicians from Bristol, where ChoirCast began. Everyone involved filmed themselves at home on their phones. Video edited by Martin Elsbury Arrangement by Eliza Fyfe, Kristian Bressington & George Turner Violins - Craig Stratton Cello - Jacqueline Phillips Piano - Eliza Fyfe Trumpet - Rebecca Crawshaw French Horn -Phillippa Slack Bass Trombone - Ed Hilton Tuba - Edd Leech Sound mixed by Kristian Bressington Singers: BASSES Anthony "T" Thompson - Bristol Beth Mann - Nashville Bethany Pozzi-Johnson - Maui, Hawaii Helen Rossington - Isle Of Mann Jill Wilkins - Darlington Martin Elsbury - Bristol Sarah Kerrigan - London Ted Green - New Jersey Wilson Fowlie - Coquitlam, Canada TENORS Alison Glover - Cheshire Alison Wallis - Surrey Caroline Bartle - Bristol Isabelle Bastien - Belgium Jenny Szewiel - Bristol Judith Glassbrook - Henlow, Bedfordshire Judy Brooks - Beaumont, California Kaz Fox - Bristol Mary Dale Esposito - British Columbia, Canada Mary Smith - York Raphael Pontgratz-Coleman - Bristol Sherry Fuller - Orange County, California ALTOS Amy Davies - Bristol Darcey Healey - Bristol Eliza Fyfe - Bristol Kathryn Field - Andover Laura Pickerill - Bristol Marianne Bugni - Beaumont, California Maureen Wood - Darlington Sam Broomfield - Berkshire Victoria Henniker-Heaton - Bristol Vika Moisey - Bristol SOPRANOS Alex Johnson - Bristol Claire Broomfield - Bristol Deborah Bishop - Cumbria Elizabeth Figg - Bristol Gill Gale - Warwick Izzy Ainger - Bristol Jan Robinson - British Columbia, Canada Lena Izzat - Llanelli Michelle Dyer - Shropshire Vanessa Gough - Surrey Zoe Reed - Didcot Subscribe to our channel now for our upcoming ChoirCast projects! Visit www.choircast.com to sign up :) https://www.elizafyfe.com/
ChoirCast - Tender (Blur Virtual Choir Cover)
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ChoirCast - Virtual Choir

ChoirCast - Tender (Blur Virtual Choir Cover)

Want to get involved? Sign up here: https://www.choircast.com "Waiting for that feeling" - the feeling to be with people again? Hugging your loved one? The feeling of that vaccination?! We are almost there! What a turbulent year it's been - we hope this song can bring you joy and hope as we start to come out the other side. But for now, as we hold out that little bit longer: "Come on, come on, come on! Get through this!" - and remember "love's the greatest thing". "Tender" by Blur is a song of a fragile mind - which I'm sure we can relate to after a challenging year. We were inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night over the Rhone painting, which is featured in this video. The song is about Blur's frontman Damon Albarn’s breakup with musician turned painter Justine Frischmann; we featured her paintings as well. Featuring 31 singers from around the world - and musicians from Bristol, where ChoirCast began. Everyone involved filmed themselves at home on their phones. This is also the most soloists we have had in a ChoirCast video (a total of 15) so congratulations to them! Video edited by Martin Elsbury Arrangement & Instrumentation by Eliza Fyfe, Kristian Bressington & George Turner Sound mixed by Kristian Bressington Subscribe to my channel now for our upcoming ChoirCast projects! Our next release is in April. https://www.elizafyfe.com Story of how the theme of Tender came about, by our editor, Martin: "I bought a copy of the classic novel ‘Tender is the Night’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I knew the title was the inspiration for the song’s title and its first line and I thought I might get some hints from the content. Actually I did – but I would only realise that later. Next, I turned to the lyrics of the song to see if there was anything beyond the fist line that might give me some inspiration. The line ‘Lord I need to find someone who can heal my mind’ would prove to make an interesting connection. The line suggested someone might be having issues with their mental health! Then I looked at the book again. Its front cover design was an art deco style painting of a sweeping bay somewhere on the French Riviera where the book is set. I liked the look of it and thought that it was a potential background image for the video. But it was a daytime scene and I needed it to be a night image, so I started to search for something similar painted at night. I found it. It was a painting called ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’ by Vincent Van Gogh. And there was the first connection. If ever there was an artist who had issues with his mental health it was Van Gogh! Then I returned to story of the song and learned that it was written by the four band members about Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s breakup with musician turned painter Justine Frischmann. And there was the second connection. I had another painter in the mix! Two people with broken minds, and two painters! So the video features details of Van Gogh paintings with his deep yellows and blues and some Justine Frischmann paintings. I suppose at one level the use of these images might be a subtle reference to the artist’s often fragile state of mind. I think the song suggests that too. Here's some trivia for you.... Did you know that the word ‘Tender’ only occurs 4 times in the song? There are 8 ‘Oh why’s’, 10 ‘Oh my’s’, 10 ‘Oohs’ , 24 ‘Come on’s’ and 24 ‘Oh My baby’s'. You can’t accuse me of not researching this thoroughly!"
ChoirCast - Love Is Christmas (Sara Bareilles Virtual Choir Cover) #VirtualChoir
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ChoirCast - Virtual Choir

ChoirCast - Love Is Christmas (Sara Bareilles Virtual Choir Cover) #VirtualChoir

We are proud to present to you our Christmas song of 2020, "Love Is Christmas" by Sara Bareilles, featuring 51 singers from around the world (the most singers we've had). Everyone involved filmed themselves at home on their phones. We have raised £1121 for Southmead Hospital Charity for their research programme for Covid-19. There's still time to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/choirantinebuskathon We chose this song as we want to reflect on this difficult year. Remember that no matter where you are, you are loved. And if you can't see your loved ones, we hope that this can be a comfort - hold tight, it will be worth the wait for next year. We'd like to share the lyrics with you for this beautiful song by Sara Bareilles: I don’t care if the house is packed, Or the strings of light are broken. I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped, Or there’s nothing here to open. Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it. Love is simply joy that I’m home. I don’t care if the carpet's stained; we've got food upon our table. I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable. Love is who we are, and no season can contain it. Love would never fall for that. We sing ooooooooooooooo... Let love lead us, love is Christmas. Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? When perfection keeps you haunted. All we need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted. Love is how we do, let no judgment overrule it. Love I look to you, and I sing. Ooooooooooooooooooooo Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh... Let love lead us, love is Christmas. Let love lead us, love is Christmas. Video edited by Martin Elsbury Arrangement by Eliza Fyfe & Kristian Bressington Sound mixed by Kristian Bressington Subscribe to my channel now for our upcoming ChoirCast projects! Visit www.choircast.com to sign up :) www.elizafyfe.com #VirtualChoir
ChoirCast - God Only Knows LIVE on Zoom! (Beach Boys Cover)