Choir gets creative in lockdown
Joined in song but separated by the coronavirus lockdown, members of Grange URC, Bebington, Wirral, recorded a hymn, There Is A Redeemer and then uploaded it on YouTube. They are now putting the finishing touches to another hymn – And Can It Be? – to be released when the church reopens on 4 October.
Martin Morris, choir leader, (pictured here with his wife Karen) said, ‘Our choir had great fun putting the first one together over three weeks. Not easy singing on your own and certainly not the same as singing as a group! There are 12 people involved, all different ages, keen and enthusiastic.
Something to focus on
‘Each choir member came to our church to record, one by one, in a recording studio in a fairly large room I set up. In effect, although there are 12 members, by the time I finished with the editing there were up to 20 voices.
‘It gave each of us something to focus on that is not COVID-19 related – we had been separated by the virus and I wanted to join us together in song. Plus, it's something different. It got each of us out of our comfort zone (it’s not easy singing solo in front of someone) and showed Grange and the wider audience what we can do.
‘Our church has been closed since 15 March and we all miss the physical fellowship and the singing of hymns. Whilst we come together each Sunday morning on a telephone conference call it is not the same as all being together. A church is not the building but the fellowship of its people. This was a way of allowing our congregation hear the choir again either by listening on line or, for those with no internet access, via CD.
‘We chose There Is A Redeemer because it’s a hymn of hope. It reminds us all that whatever pain and trials we are going through, that God is with us.’
Their endeavours have been featured on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Find out more about their work at https://www.grangeurc.org.uk