Join us for a weekly online singing session
The Rose Choir is a mixed, adult choir based at Chesterfield Studios and led by Jonathan Francis.
Since the lockdown was first announced in March 2020, we have continued to meet online and create virtual choir recordings. Over the months, we have refined this process so now even those with little technical know-how can participate.
We meet on Zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings during term time. If you don't already have the Zoom program downloaded on to your pc, tablet or phone, you can get it from https://zoom.us/
If you need a little bit of extra help, this video will help you to set a Zoom account https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEQei3vnEV8
The new term begins on Thursday 14th January 2021 and will run until Easter with a break in February half term.
We will be producing an online concert in April. Full instructions, training and support will be given via the weekly online rehearsals. Due to the nature of Zoom, we are unable to sing together and hear one another, so unfortunately, you will be able to hear the Director and yourself. However, the end result is worth it, and it is does give you the opportunity to make music, all be it in a remote way.
Our Virtual Choirs...so far
Spring Programme 2021
Songs of the Sea
A rousing collection of sea-shanties and folk songs
We try to timetable each session as far as possible so participants don't have to stare at their computer screens all evening, we also aim to keep the sessions light-hearted and enjoyable.
To begin with all you need to take part is yourself and some means of accessing zoom, either pc, laptop, tablet or phone. As sessions progress, you will need to download an additional app and make sure you have a set of headphones, but you won't need them to begin with.
All music will be sent to you via email and is also shared on your screen, so you will get the best experience by using a device with a large screen if possible.
All parts are taught in sections and when everyone is confident, we start to think about recording. There are usually three ways to take part in the recordings:
1. Film yourself singing on your smartphone and submit the video
This is the preferred way of participating. Taking part in this way ensures that your audio and video match. These submissions form the backbone of the virtual choir.
2. Make an audio recording of yourself singing using Virtual Choir Recorder, and then take part in the recorded online Zoom session
This option is for the more technically challenged! Virtual Choir Recorder is a simple app you can use on your smartphone or tablet. The app gives you exclusive access to guide tracks for each part of the virtual choir. When you make your recording, plug in your
headphones and press record and use the app to submit your recording.
You will then be part of the recorded Zoom session and we will match your submitted audio.
This means you only have to concentrate on your singing and not the camera as well.
3. Just take part on Zoom and not submit an audio recording
After doing a number of Virtual Choirs, we have found that some people are really not comfortable recording themselves. By taking part in the recorded Zoom session, your voice will not feature in the final product, but your face will! We’ve included this so everyone has the opportunity to take part in the video. All you need to do is be in the final Zoom recording
session. Nothing else! We’ll all know you’re singing along at home.
Full details are available in our Step by Step Guide
If you would like to participate, the fee for the term until Easter,
which includes full participation in the virtual choir recordings,
all the sheet music and support is £36 per person.
Your first session is free. Full details of how to pay will be given to
you should you decide to take part fully.
If you'd like to join us for our Spring Virtual Choir sessions, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch with all the information you need.