In nearly 60 years of singing, Solent Male Voice Choir has regularly clicked its musical fingers, but the most significant click in recent years has involved the computer.
Even diehards in the choir relish the help at their fingertips; singers can rehearse at home using internet resources and groups can share information and expertise by clicking onto platforms like Facebook.
Embracing technology at Solent MVC are Musical Director Geoff Porter and website designer David McVittie, recognising its potential to widen horizons and improve performance.
It’s very much behind the choir’s “Sing For Shelter”fund-raising project. Geoff explains “We are thrilled to be asked to take part in the multi-choir recording in September of composer Alex Woolf’s piece A Place To Call Home to raise funds for Shelter. Last year he composed an NHS Symphony for hospital choirs.
“David McVittie made MP3 and CD tracks of the two vocal parts to help with learning and we shall film ourselves singing it and upload this to Facebook with a link to the project’s Justgiving Page.”
Solent MVC will give the song its debut during its concert at St. Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham on March 23. Sharing the bill will be the 12-strong Bishop’s Bells team of bellringers and they will be playing a Bach pastorale and Ashokan Farewell among other pieces.