Soul Song will run choir singing sessions during Coronavirus
Soul Song's mission is to get people singing, no matter where you are and even how good you are. 2020s plan to sing in pubs have been scuppered by a global pandemic, so they have moved online and got people singing together in a viral movement to help preserve people's sanity while they isolate to stop the movement of a virus.
Founded in 2010 by Jacqueline Larsen, it built up a group of regular members who perform at various locations. It is all about getting together and both singing as a group as well as performing. They happily do a range of uplifting songs, such as pop, soul and gospel. Basically whatever works well with massed voices.
Photo of Soul Song Choir in less virally times courtesy of Soul Song
Along with the regular choir, they also do pop up events. This include festivals, team building workshops and more. Lending your voice to the group is always an amazing experience. One lone singer is often a tiny thin sound, but together with a whole choir, we become part of something bigger, better and inspirational.
Soul Song is meant to be an inclusive and space to share the empowering process of coming together to sing. Music is a common quality of all people's, cultures and civilisations, and through this, we can bond.
The currently operate in two locations, Brisbane and Cairns. But that won't matter with the Viral Choir, who will be exclusively online. But if you plan to meet in person, when that is possible again, then being in one of those cities will be a must. Though with enough voices around Australia they will have opportunities to spread out with viral music.
The problem, of course, is getting together at the moment, is that a certain pesky virus that is doing its own global tour. So the plan is to go online for however long it takes before venues reopen and Soul Song can hit the town again.
Currently, they are launching a 4 week program running from March 23 to April 19. You can join any time and the program will cover 4 songs. The cost will be $40, with concession cardholders able to get a discount of $20.
The only equipment you need is a laptop, mobile phone or tablet that is connected to the Internet. It will be better if you have a webcam (which is standard on most devices now) and a Facebook account. However, sessions will be run through their website.
Obviously there will be some limits because of technology. However, all this has been factored into the plan. While it is a little experimental, its use of different approaches and formats should give a compelling experience.
This is their first session while venues are under lockdown. It is a great idea to connect to people through music during the time of Coronavirus. It is likely to continue until we are free again to roam and sing in the streets.