I’ve been working closely with choirs and a cappella groups for many years before joining Nord Anglia. Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir has been particularly inspirational. Singing is good for your health and mental well-being and singing with others boosts happiness. The idea that you could sing with thousands of others from around the world and join in this huge choir was mind blowing.
When I joined British International School Bratislava (BISB) I quickly started up a boys, girls and staff choir to get us singing and we took part in the world sing for Peace Day. As I watched our Nord Anglia University discussions and the Twitter feeds light up I began to understand that being part of Nord Anglia is being part of something larger as so many of our schools had choirs and were also taking part. Then it hit me ‘Why don’t we do our own virtual choir and get everyone singing together!’
I had made many friends on the a cappella circuit and contacted arguably the most talented a cappella song writer in the field, Jack Blume. Well used to large scale projects, Jack is not easily intimidated and after an hour-long phone call he was onboard and as excited as I to start the project.
I pitched the idea to our Education Team and after an enthusiastic response I sent the idea around to 43 schools looking for participants. To my delight everyone came back with positive responses and by June we had 100% take up rate throughout all the schools. It was then just up to Jack to write it!