60 Seconds of Sound

The ChoirCommunity Competition is back (again), bigger and better!

In 2019 we launched our first ever competition – #16SecondsOfSound – and had a great response from our choir community!   Many of you sent in clips of 16 seconds (or so) singing your favourite phrases from our repertoire and out of all the submissions, the Bishops Stortford Gospel choir came out winners with a section from ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers.

In 2020 we decided to do it all again, but go bigger!  We thought that perhaps 16 seconds was just a bit too short to make the most of the music and to showcase your choirs properly, so in the interests of retaining the alliteration, we expanded the competition to 60 seconds of sound!

As we all know, 2020 had other ideas and the global Covid19 pandemic put all sorts of plans, including this one, one the backburner for a while…


As last time, 1st prize is an exclusive bespoke arrangement or composition written by either Craig McLeish or Gitika Partington 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 section from that arrangement
  3. Rehearse and polish it up!
  4. Make a video of your choir singing it (60 seconds max.)
  5. Send it to us at [email protected].   Make sure you let us know the name of the choir and where you are located.  Given the increased size of the file this time, we would recommend sending it using a file transfer service like WeTransfer.com
  6. Post it to whatever social media sites you like (Ideally also the ChoirCommunity Facebook Group) with the hashtag #60SecondsOfSound

Craig, Gitika and I will review every submission and judge the winners which we will announce in May 2023.  The closing date for the last entry will be 31st March 2023.

We will post as many submissions as we can onto our YouTube Channel (copyright restrictions allowing).  However, we’d also like to see as many as possible on your own social media pages!

For full terms and conditions click here.

Submission Examples

To provide a basic example of what we’re looking for, we have uploaded a few videos to a brand new section on our YouTube channel.  These videos were taken at our recent Repertoire Day event in Nottingham in August and showcase four  of the arrangements which were presented on the day.  Many thanks go to Timothy Allen, Wendy Sergeant, Fiona Lander, Abi Moore and all the attendees on the day who managed to create a fantastic sound!  Here is Wendy’s arrangement to listen to here:

The focus on the day was very much about learning and singing the arrangements rather than creating a perfect video so we’re sure you will be able to come up with something more polished!  The new section is already set up with this video and three other examples, so if you subscribe to the page, you will be able to keep up with 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, the best resolution settings to balance quality with file size are 720p or 1080p, certainly no higher.  Also, the best filetype to use is MPEG4 (.mp4), as this provides good data compression for the video and sound separately.

A 60 second video recorded in this way will still be quite a few megabytes in size.  Other formats will be larger, so 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.

The best way to transfer the resulting file is using a file transfer service like WeTransfer.   Please send the files to [email protected]