You wait all year for a wonderful online recording from a talented local choir, and like buses, three come along at once!
Hot on the heels of Voices of the Boyne last week, and ahead of Drogheda Male Voice Choir, the Loving Life Choir released their uplifting version of Pink's 'What About us' on Friday, and already it's a big hit with over 700 views and counting.
This was the first online project for the award-winning Drogheda youth choir, and it is accompanied on Youtube by a beautifully shot video by Martin Connolly Media, featuring performances by the talented boys and girls in stunning nearby locations. It is a slower version of the hit, allowing listeners to hear the poignant lyrcis and very sweet voices of the members, including beautiful solos from Hanna, Zino, Katie, Tia, Marley and Peter.
The choir is the brainchild of Foscadh Housing CEO Ken O Héiligh after a chance discussion with local children following a week of extraordinary violence in the area.
'A singing group seemed an ideal opportunity to provide kids with a safe, friendly and inclusive space to come and sing together, make new friends, find inspiration from song lyrics and develop the confidence to face every day challenges with a positive mindset,' Mr O'Héiligh said.
To meet social distancing guidelines, a small recording studio was established in the Foscadh Housing boardroom in Drogheda where choir members were brought in one at a time over two days to have their vocals individually recorded.
Choir directors Martina Berrill and Sophie Branigan, who both come from strong musical families, were instrumental in coordinating vocals, overseeing the backing track and recording and mixing.
Filming was done by Martin Connolly Media which presented another set of logistical challenges, resulting in five vehicles being used to transport the choir's lead singers to various locations.
During the recording, choir members are seen wear brightly coloured orange and black jackets representing the rising sun on cloudy days, with the Loving Life crest emblazoned on the front, a red heart and musical note that encourages a positive outlook on life. With only a limited number of branded jackets, the group's inclusivity and team work came to the fore as they swapped and shared jackets to make sure everyone could take part.
Watch the video on https://www.youtube.com