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By | Alli Gibbons | Director at Talent4Performance

Last weekend I heard the opening movement of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, with more than 1,000 voices – I was completely overwhelmed! It’s just awesome, and I can’t wait to hear the complete performance next weekend. It’s been an incredible experience to be part of this epic project.

I was introduced to the joys of choral singing at school, but I haven’t sung anything significant for almost 20 years. I simply haven’t been able to commit to attending regular rehearsals, so it’s just not been possible. One of the great things about lockdown is the rise of the online choir – now I can engage with rehearsals from home, at a time that suits me.

I spent most of the Christmas break immersed in Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’. I’ve sung it once before, about 25 years ago, and I’d forgotten what an epic work it is! It was a huge amount to work through during the holidays, and my vocal chords were noticeably older and very out of practice. Then came the challenge of recording my contributions!

Recording my singing totally exposed, with no backing track behind it, was sobering. It really didn’t sound nearly as good as I had hoped it might! But it gave me a chance to learn. I could hear what sounded good, and what didn’t, and I could practise over and over until I was happy that it was good enough to submit. I did it – all 26 movements – and I felt a great sense of achievement to have completed the challenge.

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