During lockdown, musicians from Salisbury Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral School have joined forces to create a fun voice workshop for younger children that will culminate in a virtual performance ‘in’ the Cathedral on Easter day.
Any child is welcome to take part in the online workshop and performance, and it can be done at home with the family or as part of school lessons.
The session starts with vocal exercises led by Susie Lamb, Director of Music at the Cathedral School. That’s followed by a session with David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, which prepares the child for a performance of Philip Wilby's lovely sacred song Make me a Light.
Once they have done the workshop, each child will be asked to make their own recording of the song and send it in. The process isn't complicated, but just in case anyone gets stuck, eleven-year-old Kavan S, a Cathedral chorister and SCS student, has made a video explaining what to do.
Chorister Kavan said: "It’s pretty easy to record yourself if you have a phone or can get to a computer or tablet, and I hope my explanation helps. We do all our chorister rehearsals by zoom at the moment, so we are used to working online. It's not as good as singing together but it does make you feel part of the team, which is great."
Watch the instructional videos below and download a music sheet for Make Me a Light at the bottom of the page.
Entries for the performance of Make me a Light need to be in by 19 March.