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World’s biggest-ever choir?

Size isn’t everything in music, but some may think otherwise. Composer Eric Whitacre, for instance (see press release below). Oh, for the wings of a dove…

London, 30th March: On Monday (April 2nd) Eric Whitacre, Grammy®-winning US composer and conductor, will launch his brand new Virtual Choir for 2012 at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York.  Virtual Choir 3 ‘Water Night’ will include 3746 voices from 73 countries, making it the biggest ever online choir in the world and creating a truly global phenomenon which even those in the most remote areas can participate in.


Alongside the first play of the new Virtual Choir video, Eric will host a Q&A about classical music, technology and the future with Chris Anderson (curator of TED) and John Corigliano (Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer).  No-one is better-placed to lead the discussion than Eric after what he has achieved in bringing classical music to a young, digital-savvy audience.


Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir series already has a strong following with the original video ( reaching over 3 million hits on YouTube.  It was subsequently selected by Cisco to demonstrate the power of video in bringing people together and has sparked an incredibly direct response with personal stories flooding in from around the globe.  The project truly displays the globe-shrinking power of technology and has firmly established Eric as one of the leading figures in the 21st Century digital age of music.


The event, part of the Young Patrons on Lincoln Center 101 series and in association with the Julliard Club, will be streamed live on the Lincoln Center website ( and the unveiled Virtual Choir 3 video will be available for viewing from 23.30 GMT here


Following the online reveal, the assets will be mastered into bespoke audio-visual installations in cities across the world.  On the evening of April 14th, VC3 will be seen and heard in the iconic new Visitor Centre, Titanic Belfast. Following the celebrations around the opening of the new building and marking 100 years since the loss of Titanic the projection of Virtual Choir 3, Water Night, in the atrium of Titanic Belfast will provide a moment of contemplation for the lost souls.


Virtual Choir 3 ‘Water Night’ launches in advance of Eric’s UK release of his brand new Decca album, ‘Water Night’.  Released on April 16th, it will include performances from the Eric Whitacre Singers, London Symphony Orchestra, Hila Plitmann and Julian Lloyd Webber.  The album follows Eric’s Decca debut with ‘Light and Gold’ for which he recently won the Grammy® for ‘Best Choral Performance’.


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  1. alan williams says:

    For me, the virtual choir takes everything human out of choral singing. It has to be real people, real space, the same instant, fallible human bodies making music and sharing the same breath.

    • Alan,
      I disagree. I conduct choirs for a living and I have been part of every virtual choir project that Whitacre has done. Yes, I love live choral music, but that doesn’t discount what the virtual choir is doing.

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