Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has created a virtual choir (VC) that aims to unite people from around the world. He’s taken singers of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, and given them a chance to sing as one.
Whitacre was inspired by Britlin Losee – one of his fans who recorded a video of herself singing ‘Sleep’ and shared it on YouTube. So moved by the spirit of her performance, he asked all of his online fans to purchase Polyphony’s recording of ‘Sleep’, record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result.
Scott Haines was the man responsible for cutting and editing all of the videos into one piece.
Since the first VC, it has grown from 185 singers in VC1 to an amazing 5,903 singers and 8,400 videos for VC4 this year. These singers use webcams, smartphones, tablets, and video cameras to record themselves in bedrooms, bathrooms and basements across the World, creating a truly global choir that this year includes 101 countries.
What’s more, the VC has started to expand into other musical genres, creating exciting new forms of contemporary music that combine various instruments, styles and production methods.
The following video can only be describe as inspiring, so take the time to give it a watch: