Leading choir rebrands for the future and announces online Festival of Choral Music
In a live statement now watched over 2,000 times, the Founder of The Self-Isolation Choir, Mark Strachan, has unveiled an innovative future vision for the choir, including a new name and the launch of an inaugural Festival of Choral Music.
Mark's relentless enthusiasm and drive, combined with the expertise and dedication of Musical Director Ben England BEM, was a recipe for success. SIC has since attracted 10,000 global choristers, with a current core membership of 6,000+. It has delivered 37 courses to date, teaching and recording music from Bach to The Beatles, and producing ever more refined performances.
Donald Palumbo, Chorus Director of The Metropolitan Opera, described the choir's 'Messiah 2' performance as "jaw-droppingly accurate, beautiful and expressive", while Nigel Short, Artistic Director of Tenebrae Choir, cautioned that, "professional choirs had better watch out" upon hearing SIC's performance of Allegri's Miserere, and declared himself "gobsmacked"
It is clear that online choral singing, far from a pandemic phenomenon, has blossomed into a fully-fledged art-form. In his statement on 16 July, Mark spoke of how the convenience and value offered by online choirs provide the right conditions for the growth of this new way of singing. Mark's Statement is available at: https://www.youtube.com/
Mark also announced the Choir's new name: SIC – Choir of the Earth. "SIC" as an affectionate nod to the choir's origins, and "Choir of the Earth" to reflect its global reach and commitment to environmentally-
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All have led projects with the Choir before, but will teach Festival-goers works previously learned under a different director, then conduct an online concert. The Festival will also feature discussions with pre-eminent professionals from various musical fields, plus a one-off 'Young SIC' session.
All are welcome at the Festival. The full programme and booking are available at: https://www.theselfisolationchoir.com/
Communications Manager, SIC - Choir of the Earth