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Methodist Church starts virtual choir to sing its way through coronavirus pandemic

by Tola Mbakwe

The National Methodist in Britain has rallied people from across world to create an online choir. 

The idea came after the Church was supposed to launch the National Methodist Choir of Great Britain this year but had to delay plans because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The choir's director Matt Beckingham told Premier a virtual choir seemed like a natural response. 

"I was aware with choirs, that social activity and that gathering was no longer able to take place. But then I thought about all my friends at church and all the other churches who aren't able to meet and stand alongside one another to sing and worship each week. 

"The virtual church choir was a response to that as a way to enable people to sing and worship together when we otherwise wouldn't be able to."

Anyone is able to join the choir by registering on the Church's website. After joining they have access to various resources including warm-up videos and rehearsal videos. 

Although the choir never meets, they are still able to rehearse together virtually. 

"We have some live streamed rehearsals where people can see everybody else who's singing and people can comment," Beckingham said. 

After rehearsing, each member is asked to film themselves singing the song chosen for the week and then all the videos are edited together into one. 

The first song the choir performed was 'In Christ alone' by Stuart Townend.

Beckingham told Premier he didn't anticipate such a great response to the choir and imagined around 100 people would take part. 

"Of the 1,000 member we have, our members are coming from all over the world. I think we've got members from countries representing five continents now. So it's a real sense of international fellowship coming together to sing."

Listen to the full interview with Matt Beckingham here: 

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