Melody Makers choir sings out for local charity
Virtual harmony from the Melody Makers Choir online
Melody Makers Choir have recorded a song to raise vital funds for Jessie May, the at home children’s hospice.
Members of the mixed pop choir, Melody Makers Choir, based in Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym and Stoke Gifford, have been missing their face to face rehearsals since the beginning of lockdown, but choir leader Natalie Veal has been keen to keep rehearsals flowing, rehearsing using Zoom technology.
Natalie said: “In order to give us focus and to make up for the lack of gigs and fundraising opportunities, we've recorded a beautiful virtual recording of Love Can Build a Bridge.”
They’ve added it to YouTube - https://youtu.be/eXcjWcTGLxI - and are accompanying the video with a link to their Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MelodyMakersChoir inviting listeners to donate a sum of money for Jessie May. The choir’s last charity single We Are the Same Inside made it to number 6 on the Amazon music chart.
Natalie, the choir's founder, said: “I feel passionate about supporting our local charities and the people in our community through singing and feeling connected. Our virtual online choir gives us a chance to step out of our world at home and focus on the joy of singing for an hour each week.”
Melody Makers Choir has created a new recording of Love Can Build A Bridge by The Judds, previously recorded by Cher, Neneh Cherry and Westlife. They've been fortunate to have the talented Guy Britton as music editor and post producers of Britain's Got Talent, The Farm Group to create the music video.
Jessie May is Melody Makers 2020 charity.
Natalie Veal said: “We have four wonderful Jessie May nurses in our choir who tell us just how vital their work and care in the community is for many families with terminally ill children in the South West. This is our way of showing our admiration and appreciation of our singing angels.”
The choir hopes to get back to normal rehearsals as soon as it is safe to do so.
“I know that when we meet again, it'll feel so much more powerful and emotional. We've missed hearing each other sing together, but have managed to connect online and enjoy the power of music each week. We are currently learning a new Ed Sheeran song and a beautiful song from the Disney Film Coco, which we will pop on YouTube when finished, so look out for it by following our channel on YouTube – Melody Makers Choir,” Natalie said.
The choir is always on the lookout for new members and whether meetings are online or in person in September, you can guarantee that an hour of singing each week will raise your spirits and leave you feeling incredibly uplifted.
“Music is our universal language,” said Natalie.
“Singing is our act. Friendship, togetherness and music is our product. At choir, we are all equally valued, whatever your race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Everyone is welcome to sing with us. Lockdown has been an incredibly difficult time for musicians and we are all eagerly waiting to find out when we can safely resume our livelihoods. Until then, our choir will keep rehearsing online so that when it’s safe to perform and rehearse, we will have a beautiful repertoire of songs to share with our audiences.”
In the meantime, the choir hopes to raise lots of money for Jessie May.
To donate to the Just Giving page see: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MelodyMakersChoir
Find out more about Melody Makers Choir at www.melodymakerschoir.co.uk