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COVID-19 has brought upon a new normal – staying home, frequent handwashing, store closures, disrupted enrichment classes and home-based learning once a week (for now). Singapore is not in “total lockdown” mode but many other countries have done so to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Videos Inspired by the COVID-19 Crisis
The silver lining is that staying home has certainly inspired the most creative families and talented musicians to put up Oscar-worthy performances while in isolation. Apart from the heartwarming “Home” played by Jaz Loh, at Rasa Sentosa, here are some of our favourites:
One Day More by the Marsh Family
This is the last one we are going to do on a lockdown theme, but it felt very apt. And it might be just in time to cheer up some friends and family who have had – or are about to have – birthdays, all by themselves. Decided to include a bit of the intro so that you can see what kind of madness Danielle Marsh and I would be dealing with, if we didn’t occupy them with music making…Hope everyone out there is doing okay.
Posted by Ben Marsh on Sunday, 29 March 2020
This hilarious tribute to the Les Miserables has taken on a twist – cancelled football matches, unavailable grocery delivery timings, excessive screen time. The Marsh family of six from Kent, United Kingdom, belts out their grouses. Despite having no music training nor West End training, this excellent spoof will have you laughing. So, when bored, try music-making or your family’s version of a performance!
10 People 1 Metre
We answered the nation’s call with a social distancing duet in our own homes. Remote collabo is the new norm! Do your own version of this iconic national song. Lyrics can be found here:
Posted by Benjamin “Mr Miyagi” Lee on Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Mr Brown, Singapore’s Blogfather, and Mr Benjamin “Miyagi” Lee have brought some light-heartedness to the COVID-19 situation with a rendition of “10 People 1 Metre”, a parody of the Singapore National Day classic “One People, One Nation, One Singapore”.
Italian Twin Violinists
A pair of talented Italian twin brothers have combined forces to form a charismatic and energised duo. Only 12 years of age, they sure have made full use of time during Italy’s lockdown. Here’s their lovely performance “Vida La Vida” by Cold Play.
Grieg by Arctic Philharmonic
Kjære venner! Musikerne savner dere. Fra sine “hjemmekontorer” – og på eget initiativ – har de bestemt seg for å lage en hilsen til dere. Her er Griegs “Holberg suite”, spilt uten at de ser hverandre, men sjefdirigent Christian Kluxen – Conductor gjør sitt beste for å holde styr på alle. Og, som dere ser; kunstnerisk leder for kammerorkesteret Henning Kraggerud (Official) ville også gjerne være med.
Vi håper inderlig det går bra med dere alle. ❤️
Posted by Arktisk Filharmoni on Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Musicians have come together virtually to continue what they are great at – Arctic Philharmonic is definitely not hibernating during lockdown. Their beautiful rendition of Greig’s Holberg suite will uplift in moments of despair. Instead of applause, follow their Youtube account for more great music.
Couch Choir’s Close to You
Sing from your couch and join the Couch Choir. 1000 people, 18 different countries – a beautiful result. Enjoy this song and stay close, via a phone call or a 1m distance.
Bamberger Symphoniker’s Ode to Joy
Was bringt uns Menschen zusammen, überwindet Grenzen und verbindet uns – in guten, wie in schlechten Zeiten?
What lights the hearts? What brings us together, overcomes distances and unites us – both in good and challenging times?
#strongertogether #keepplaying #musikverbindet
Wir als Bamberger Symphoniker unterstützen die Initiative der Deutschen Orchester Stiftung (Orchesterland – D), die für freischaffende Musikerinnen und Musiker, die gerade in einer existenziellen Notsituation sind, einen bundesweiten Spendenaufruf gestartet hat. Helfen auch Sie mit, unsere einmalige und vielfältige Kulturlandschaft zu erhalten und spenden Sie. Weitere Infos finden Sie auf https://Orchesterstiftung.de!
Posted by Bamberger Symphoniker on Sunday, 22 March 2020
A world-class ensemble provides joy in unprecedented times. And who doesn’t love Beethoven?
Bring Him Home by The Barricade Boys
A heartwarming song sung by Broadway talents and the former cast of Les Misérables – The Barricade Boys will make you tear. It was recorded to show appreciation to those working on the frontline amidst the COVID-19 crisis. People with families being isolated or hospitalised will certainly love this touching rendition.
Over the Rainbow by Chino Valley USD Students
Although their performance was cancelled due to school closures, that didn’t stop the students from Chino Hills High Chamber Singers from performing virtually. They each recorded their parts of “Over the Rainbow” from their homes and through technology, came together as a choir to spread hope and cheer.
Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music, COVID-19 version
Missing Maria/Julie Andrews and her singing entourage from The Sound of Music. Well, they are back, with some sound advice.
Yo-Yo Ma’s Songs of Comfort
Morricone, from “The Legend of 1900” (“La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano”)
Posted by Yo-Yo Ma on Friday, 27 March 2020
The mellow tune of the cello brings comfort, especially when played by Yo-Yo Ma. Music is indeed balm for the weary soul. Follow Yo-Yo Ma’s Facebook for more songs of comfort.
Ndlovu Youth Choir’s We’ve Got This
There are already many dangerous myths and misunderstandings about the Coronavirus/COVID-19. We would like to assist by sharing a short video where we explain some basic guidelines. ❤️
Posted by Ndlovu Youth Choir on Tuesday, 10 March 2020
America’s Got Talent finalists – Ndlovu Youth Choir from Africa presents an uplifting song about combatting COVID-19. Their energy and exuberance is so infectious that it will hopefully rub off on those who may be struggling.
Kurt Tocci’s Disney Characters on Lockdown mode
When Disneyland closes!
Posted by Kurt Tocci on Tuesday, 31 March 2020
You won’t want to miss this one. Kurt Tocci does a tremendously comedic video with Disney characters singing while being quarantined. Can you identify all of the characters that appear? This will show how big a Disney fan you are. Laughter is guaranteed.