One singer, nine voices

  • Posted on: 11 May 2021
  • By: huw

The idea of a one-man band conjures up popular images of a street entertainer with a drum on his back, elbows adorned with tambourines, knocking knees clashing cymbals, and a harmonica for good measure. But what about a one-man choir in a church is Saffron Walden?

A young singer from Essex has overcome the problem of social distancing and restrictions on choral singing by harnessing the power of technology. But this is not about using Zoom to link singers in their homes, he sang and recorded his own arrangement of John Rutter’s classic composition ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ - nine times - when commissioned to sing the piece for a memorial service.

Bobby Goulder, a former chorister at St Mary’s Church, admits there’s nothing quite like performing live in front of an audience, but you can hear the beautiful outcome of his technological wizardry by clicking here.