My husband John Plocher is not musical but during the COVID-19 quarantine, he has been helping others to sing. John has been recording and broadcasting our regular church services from the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church choir loft for years (with backup from the talented teens of the Youth Group whom he has been mentoring). During the quarantine, John used the skills and equipment he had put together to help St. Andrew’s clergy shift into a weekly service online. Music has always been a huge part of our parish community life, so John has created online music with choir directors Leroy Kromm, and David Howard-Pitney, and the inspiring parish symphony and folk choirs, singers, and instrumentalists.
John recently published a new website: Saint Andrew’s Sings – where the classical and folk music videos are posted each week. Go there to hear “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” the “Navy Hymn,” a folk Taizé “Jesus Remember Me,” “Rest in the Lord,” “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise,” “We’ll Meet Again,” and other favorites. (I am very proud of John – can you tell?)
“St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Saratoga, CA has a strong musical tradition that continues even as we isolate ourselves during these Inside Times. This is a collection of instrumental and choral works, folk music, meditations and solo performances – all recorded “solo” during the corona virus quarantine and produced virtually, for your enjoyment and the glory of God.”
Other choirs and singers around the world have also been creating new music for quarantine times. Some of those I have enjoyed:
- “Singing Through the Storm” by Steven Franklin Harris
- “Let Your Light Shine with Keb’ Mo'” Virtual Choir – Boston Children’s Choir Online
- “The United Kingdom Blessing” Churches sing ‘The Blessing” over the UK
- “Longest Time” – Quarantine Edition, Phoenix Chamber Choir
- Genuine Fake Russian Choir “How Australia’s ‘fake genuine Russian choir’ Dustyesky went viral during the coronavirus pandemic”
- “Parting Glass” – The Choir of Man
- “The Bay Area Blessing” — Churches sing ‘The Blessing” over the San Francisco Bay Area
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Updated with new link 30 May 2020