Friday 24 November 2017

Online choir bids for world record

Eric Whitacre is searching for hundreds of people in an attempt to form the world's largest online choir
Eric Whitacre is searching for hundreds of people in an attempt to form the world's largest online choir

A composer is searching for hundreds of people in an attempt to form the world's largest online choir.

Eric Whitacre wants amateur singers to record individual parts and upload them on to YouTube where he will combine them into a complete work.

The first person to take part was Blur bass guitarist Alex James.

He said: "This proves that you no longer have to live in a major city to be a part of a significant cultural scene. This project is accessible to anyone from Manhattan to the Maldives."

The record stands at 900 singers and would-be record breakers have until the end of the year to take part.

Mr Whitacre said: "I've always felt that the recent digital revolution is a fantastic thing for music fans, both in terms of listening and participating. I'm delighted to lead what I anticipate to be a big step forward for classical - and indeed, all - music.

"I hope this will be a moment in music history for the YouTube generation."

Press Association

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