School choir dispersed but not dispirited

In harmony ... Dimensions member Jack Thompson (17) and director Michael Buick (pictured on the...
In harmony ... Dimensions member Jack Thompson (17) and director Michael Buick (pictured on the computer) organised a virtual performance of the Southland Boys’ High School choir during the lockdown.PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
A global pandemic was never going to stop an Invercargill boys’ choir from collectively singing their lungs out.

Despite all being in lockdown, 20 members of Southland Boys’ High School choir Dimensions have recorded 2000 hit Follow Me and uploaded it to YouTube.

Dimensions member and school prefect Jack Thompson said the choir needed to keep busy during lockdown so started rehearsing via video meeting software.

‘‘It was a bit of trial and error but we got there in the end,” 17-year-old Jack said.

The song fit the group’s purpose of ‘‘having a project and trying to lift the joyfulness of people in this tough time of being in the lockdown’’.

‘‘It was the perfect song to hopefully put some smiles on faces.’’

Jack said varying internet speeds had made it too difficult for everyone to sing at once.

In the end, each member sang to themselves with a muted microphone while their teacher played the backing track from his computer.

“It was a lot different because when we are in a room with everyone we try and blend our voices.”

After a couple of rehearsals the singers recorded their own parts from home and then sent them to their teacher who stitched the tracks together into a single recording.

Jack said he had been adjusting well to distance learning.

‘‘The teachers are really working hard to make sure everyone can do the best
they can, so I haven’t had too many issues.”

Follow Me can be heard via the SBHS Performance YouTube page.

The song was originally performed by American artist Uncle Kraker.

hugh.collins@odt.co.nz

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