A year ago one of the singers of the Sydney Children’s Choir lost his family home in the devastating bushfires. His fellow choristers rallied behind their friend, raising money for the family. The choir had intended to maintain their support in various ways throughout the year, including going to Balmoral Village to sing Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground for the community, until COVID-19 hampered plans.
This necessitated a Plan B: to make a film that helped the community through the power of song. The rich choral texture of the work belies the fact that it was recorded under such unusual circumstances – every single chorister recorded their individual part in a studio. The choir visuals were made outdoors on the chorister’s property under COVID-safe guidelines.