‘Hurrah’! That is the word which best sums up feelings of glorious exultation as we started to sing carols together, outside St Mary’s Church in Old Basing, just after three o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday the nineteenth of December in the year two thousand and twenty anno domini! Stuart had set up his loudspeaker on its stand, just outside the entrance to the lobby between the Church and the Parish Room. Mile L had placed paper plates on the grass at carefully measured two metre intervals – each plate showing the name of the singer (or two singers from the same bubble) who must stand there in their allotted place. As the music sounded and we started to sing it dawned on me that our group of twenty individuals spaced at two metre intervals were not real carol singers. Indeed it was quite surreal to just hear my own voice, a couple of soprano voices and Mike L’s voice from what sounded like a great distance. Had it not been for the pre-recorded music I think we may well have given up after the first verse of the first carol! After we had finished singing Stuart said that from where he was standing the combined voices plus the taped organ music sounded quite good – he used the word ‘balanced’. We even gathered a small audience as pedestrians on the footpath by the Parish Room stopped to listen.
Building on our first “Virtual Choir” offering, our second piece also includes video. The Basing Singers and Ooh Ma Ma are proud to present the following. As Long As I Have Music By Don Besig and Nancy Price
After the past few weeks of mastering the technology of being a virtual choir and learning the 1st movement of the Gloria, the Basing Singers and Ooh Ma Ma are proud to present their first Virtual Piece, and we are already working on our next offering. This is a result of 35 singers recording in isolation, adding a Virtual Orchestra and then fitting it all together! We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we have enjoyed putting it all together. The virtual Choir has been made up of: Sopranos Angela Caroline Carolyn Cerys Eileen Hazel B Kate B Kate O’N Rose Rose C Rowena Sue B Sue D Susan M Altos Alison Charis Claire Claire C Jill Karen Nicky Sue D Tanya Tenors Adam Pete Robert Stuart Tim Basses Alan John Mike J Mike L Mike P Robert Stuart
It is with much regret that it has been necessary to cancel this year’s Village Pantomime, which the Basing Singers get involved with. Although the performances were not until late November, rehearsals would have start fairly soon and, with no clear direction on how we are going to move out of lockdown, let alone when, the only sensible decision was to cancel. At the time of writing it is understood that the Panto is now planned for the last weekend in November 2021.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Basing Singers have had to postphone all concerts planned for this year. We will post a further news update here about the rescheduled dates once we are out of lockdown and have a better understanding of how we can safely stage future concerts.