Yesterday a choir of 1000 visited Abbey Road Studios to record a new CD- and I was lucky enough to be one of them!
We were recording the choral parts for two new movements composed by Karl Jenkins. There were so many of us that recording had to be split into 6 different groups who took turns to record. It was the first time I had ever been inside Abbey Road Studios and recording there was an amazing experience. We were conducted by one of The King Singers during rehearsal at a local church and then Karl Jenkins himself recorded us for the actual recording. We wore headphones on one ear so that we could listen to the pre-recorded orchestra and beep-tracks, whilst still being able to listen to the choir with the other ear. It was an interesting experience to hear the people at the recording desk stating the take, but what was truly amazing was the thought of all the people who had recorded there before us.
The photos of some of the artists who had recorded their lined the walls of the stairs down to the studio. And then there were movie posters downstairs from some of the soundtracks that had been recorded there. I must admit that every time I hear music I'm now thinking- was that recorded where I was yesterday?
I'll post here again when the CD comes out. In the meatime, look out for the mass choir on the 'sing for peace' website in September- I'm somewhere in that amazing sound!