Sing-a-Story for Sandbach

We want individuals, families, schools & community groups across Cheshire who love to sing, to get involved in our Sing-a-Story for Sandbach digital choir artwork.

We’re creating a digital choir video, featuring people from across Cheshire singing our original song ‘Sleep Now’ written by Artist Leo Mercer and composer Stephen Hyde as part of Legends, Lights & Lullabies for Spare Parts Sandbach 2021.

Our song focuses on the story of ‘Chuck the Trucker’ written by Manchester based writer Matthew Smith for Sandbach Spare Parts 2021. It is an inter-generational story about how a despondent retired truck driver, Chuck, gains a verve for life when his young neighbour, Jade the Unafraid, teaches him how to ride a bike in order that he can continue having adventures in his retirement.

​You don’t have to have any singing experience to take part in Sing-a-Story for Sandbach. Our community choir is about bringing a diverse range of people from Cheshire together, to create a great piece of artwork.

The contributions will be curated together by Musician Leo and his team into a digital, collaborative artwork, including illustrations from our Illustrator of Chuck the Trucker Carl Waine.

The Sing-a-Story for Sandbach video will then be featured on the Spare Parts & Minerva Arts websites and Social Media on the 15th April to showcase the artwork to the public.

There are two parts of ‘Sleep Now’ to choose from, with a slightly different application/submission process for each:

Part 1: Chorus  – submit your video to us directly

You can choose from Melody or Harmony.

  1. Learn the chorus of Sleep Now & record the video of yourself singing it (using the resources link below). 
  1. Submit your recording along with a completed chorus registration/consent form via WeTransfer to emilyatminerva@gmail.com by 5th April at 5pm.

We have provided guidance for how to send files using WeTransfer at the bottom of this page.

Please note: we cannot accept chorus submissions without a completed registration/consent form. Due to capacity restrictions, we cannot guarantee that all chorus submissions will be featured in the final piece.

CLICK HERE FOR CHORUS RESOURCES.

 

Part 2: Soloists – apply to be a soloist

There are two solo parts in Sleep Now’. One for a male vocalist and one for a female vocalist.

Listen to them here: CLICK HERE FOR SOLOISTS RESOURCES.

We ask that you please apply to be a soloist by following the steps below:

  1. Record a video/audio of you singing a song of your choice.
  2. Submit your recording along with a completed soloist registration/consent form to emilyatminerva@gmail.com via WeTransfer by 5th April at 5pm.

We will be in touch after 6th April to let you know if you have been successful.  The chosen soloists will have a Zoom one-to-one with the Leo & Hyde team to help them learn their solos for the piece.

We have provided guidance for how to send files using WeTransfer at the bottom of this page.

Please note: we cannot accept solo applications without a completed registration/consent form.

 

WeTransfer Submission Guidance

WeTransfer is a free & easy way to send large files. If you haven’t used WeTransfer to send a file before, here is the steps you need to follow:

  1. Go to wetransfer.com (you don’t need to create an account to use the site).
  2. Type in the recipients email address which is emilyatminerva@gmail.com, and your email address (the one you are sending the files from).
  3. Add your files by clicking the blue + button. If you are sending a chorus submission, your files should include your chorus video and your completed chorus registration/consent form. If you’re submitting a solo application, your files should include a video/audio of you singing a song of your choice and your completed soloist registration/consent form. (You can attach any type of file).
  4. Click ‘Transfer’ and security purposes, WeTransfer may then send a verification code to your email address for you to type into the website.
  5. Once you have been verified, it should start sending your files. Keep the window open until it tells you that you files have been successfully sent to the recipient.
  6. You should receive an email notification to say whether your files have been sent successfully. If you do not receive this notification within 24 hours of sending your submission, please re-submit it. In case this happens, we encourage you to submit your piece a couple of days before the deadline.
  7. We will also send you a confirmation email to say that we have received your submission.
  8. Before the video goes live, we will let you know whether your submission has been successful.

For more info, please see the WeTransfer guidance here: https://wetransfer.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

If you get stuck, please contact emilyatminerva@gmail.com and we’d be happy to guide you through the process.

If you have any questions or queries about this project, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Emily from Minerva Arts emilyatminerva@gmail.com.  We’d be happy to help.

We really hope that you get involved and cannot wait to see your submissions!

 

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