16 Seconds of Sound

We are launching our first competition!

If you want an easy way to share with other choirs what you can do, watch other like-minded choirs perform short sections of their favourite music, compete for some great prizes and have fun doing it then you’ll definitely want to take part!

1st prize is an exclusive bespoke arrangement written by Craig McLeish for your choir plus 10,000 bonus reward points (worth £50).   Other prizes are also available comprising big reward points giveaways!

Entering is easy.  Just follow these steps:

  1. Pick a favourite arrangement from the ChoirCommunity catalogue
  2. Pick a favourite phrase or section from that arrangement
  3. Rehearse and polish it up!
  4. Make a video of your choir singing it (16-20 seconds max.)
  5. Send it to us at competition@choircommunity.net.   Make sure you let us know the name of the choir and where you are located.
  6. Post it to whatever social media sites you like (Ideally also the ChoirCommunity Facebook Supporters Group) with the hashtag #16SecondsOfSound

Craig and I will review every submission and judge the winners which we will announce in April 2019.  The closing date for the last entry will be 31st March 2019.

We have created our own YouTube channel where we will post all submissions we can (we will be limited to arrangements in the public domain for this as we can’t host videos of rights-owned arrangements ourselves).  However, we’d like to see as many as possible on your own social media pages!

For full terms and conditions click here.

Submission Example

I’m extremely grateful to Nicola Howbrigg and the Bostock Singers in Hartford for helping me to provide an example video here.  We spent 20 mins rehearsing and then videoing this first phrase from Eriskay Love Lilt to give you an idea of what the clip should look like.  Feel free to be as creative as you like with your video clip (as long as the singing bit is about 16 seconds long!)

This video is also available on our YouTube channel.  If you subscribe to the page, you will be able to keep up with at least some of the submissions as they come in.  You can visit the ChoirCommunity YouTube Channel here.

A Few Tips on Video Files

Many modern smartphones and other similar devices have the ability to record great quality video.  However, the resulting files can be rather large and not suitable for emailing or posting to social media.

There are two main factors to consider:  1) the quality / resolution of the image recorded and 2) the type of file which the device is saving the video as.

For the purposes of this competition, there is no need to record the video at any quality higher that 720p (so no need for 1080p of any high definition video).  Also, the best filetype to use is MPEG4 (.mp4), as this provides good data compression for the video and sound separately.

A 16-20 second video recorded in this way shouldn’t need to be any more than a few megabytes in size!  If your device has recorded the video in a different format, there are some good online conversions websites which will convert the file to the right format.  A good example is online-convert.com.  Another good cloud-based site which compresses video files is VideoSmaller.