being able to get out and perform because of the coronavirus has been tough for
the county’s many talented young musicians when it comes to staying focussed.
thanks to a unique online project, our musical groups including students from
32 of the county’s schools and colleges performed virtually after months of
lockdown. They’ve put together a stunning a recording of Elbow’s One Day Like
This. 90 young people, with ages ranging from 8 to 21 took part.
by Somerset Music, part of Somerset County Council’s Support Services for
Education, One Day Like This, features the Somerset County Youth Choir,
Somerset County Youth Orchestra and Somerset County Youth Concert Band.
groups were sent the words and music during the summer term and after 99
individual video recordings were submitted a spectacular version of the song
was made public on YouTube at 8pm on
Wednesday 26 August.
addition, the County Youth Choir held regular Zoom sessions for its members
throughout the summer term, with Director Kat Stevens and Assistant Director
plan came about because it was clear there would be no possibility of
performing concerts just yet, or rehearsing face to face.
county groups are partly funded by The Arts Council and raise the rest of the
costs of running the groups through members’ subscriptions and concert takings,
so the current situation is a real problem.
why a donations page has been set up on the County Council website to help keep
the groups running. https://secure1.somerset.gov.uk/forms/PortalShowForm.asp?fm_formalias=SMD
is an inspirational performance by our talented young musicians,” said Faye
Purbrick, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education.
must have been incredibly difficult to be deprived of all the usual performance
opportunities. I can only pay tribute to their hard work and dedication to
their musical activities during such a challenging time.
tutor of the Somerset County Youth Concert Band, Louise Palmer conceived the
said: “It just goes to show the power of music – even separated in our own
spaces, the young people rose to the occasion and were truly magnificent.
also shows how important music is to all of us at a time like this.”
groups were incredibly fortunate to obtain the services of Adam Palmer (husband
of the Youth Band flute tutor, whose daughter also plays in the band) to do the
sound mix and picture editing.
can see the performance here https://youtu.be/BeVSo3tQT9E