What is the Elmbridge Virtual Orchestra and Chorus (EVOC)?

The Elmbridge Virtual Orchestra and Chorus is a new online project open to all musicians and singers, amateur or professional. It is being led by Stephen Alexander in partnership with the R C Sherriff Trust, and in association with Elmbridge Borough Council and Riverhouse Arts Centre, and has been set up during the COVID-19 crisis in an effort to unite the Elmbridge arts community and provide an opportunity for music-making. In a time of social distancing and self-isolation, EVOC aims to allow local residents (and others) to participate in a large-scale musical performance conducted via the internet, without the need to leave your home.

 

Who can take part?

EVOC is open to all musicians and singers, amateur or professional. We welcome participants of all ages and abilities. EVOC has been established primarily with the people of Elmbridge in mind, although it is open to anyone who would like to take part in a virtual musical experience during this time.

 

How does it work?

Essentially, the project works by every participant practising their individual part (instrumental or vocal), and then recording in isolation along to a “click track” (digital metronome). The individual recordings will then be submitted to Stephen, who will edit and mix them together to create the final performance. There is also the option to record a video of yourself playing or singing, for inclusion in the full video to be released online.

 

What is the first project?

The first project being undertaken by EVOC is “Jerusalem (And did those feet in ancient time)” by C. Hubert H. Parry, set to the poem by William Blake.

 

What will taking part involve?

Participants will have access to sheet music for their chosen part, which they are encouraged to print out and practise. They will also be able to download an audio demo of their part, and finally an audio mock-up of the full piece complete with the click track (digital metronome). Participants will be given full instructions on how to record to the click track.

 

What will I need?

If you would like to take part, you will need:

  • an instrument, or your voice

  • a way of recording audio (this does not need to be a fancy studio setup – it could be a USB microphone, or as simple as the Voice Memo function on your smartphone)

  • (optional) a way of recording video (e.g. smartphone or digital camcorder)

 

What parts are available?

Currently the piece has been arranged for a mixed chorus, plus orchestra of the following: flute, oboe, clarinet (Bb), bassoon, horn (F), trumpet (Bb), trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin I, violin II, viola, cello and double bass. There are also parts available for alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, electric bass and glockenspiel, and there is an “easy” version of the violin part which has been simplified for those who would prefer it. If you do not see your instrument listed, feel free to get in touch and ask as we may be able to accommodate you. There will be no parts available for piano or guitar, due to the overwhelming popularity of these instruments and the difficulty in mixing multiple recordings.

 

What is the time frame?

Parts are available now, and the submission deadline for “Jerusalem” is midnight on SUNDAY 10th MAY.

 

Okay, I want to take part!

Brilliant! Please click on the link below to be taken to a signup page. We look forward to making music with you!

 

Signup page HERE

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