Stay At Home Choir FAQs
- Locus Iste
Gareth Malone – Locus Iste
How Do I Sign Up?
You can sign up right here on the website. Just hit join a project, select ‘Gareth Malone – Locus Iste’ and click on ‘Get Started’
How Do I Find The Resources?
How Much Does It Cost?
Entry to this project is on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis, and the suggested amount is £16, which includes the purchase of your sheet music. You can also choose to contibute more than the reccomended amount to contribute to our waitlist.
If paying is a problem, you can join our waitlist, which offers free spaces to as many people as we can afford.
If you decide to join the waitlist for a free place, please wait for an email to let you know that you have been given a place on the project. Please rest assured we will offer places to as many people who are on the waitlist as possible, but we are heavily reliant on the generosity of our members in order to fund waitlist places.
Which Voice Part Should I Sing?
It is entirely up to you! Our engineers are adept at balancing parts so please don’t worry about us ‘needing’ more of a certain voice type. Please choose a part which fits into your vocal range. We would ask however that you stick to one part and don’t change halfway through your recording – we mix each vocal part separately so it complicates things if we have a mixture of parts in one recording.
Do I Need to Buy a Score?
Nope! The score is included in the price of the project. It is available, with the rest of the resources, on the ‘Instructions’ page of the website.
How Do I Sign Up to Rehearsals?
Rehearsals take place on Zoom and are also uploaded to the website within 24 hours so you can choose how and when you would like to access. For this project we are also streaming all sessions LIVE on YouTube.
Please note: You DO NOT need to book a space on our booking system in order to watch live on YouTube, or to ‘catch up’ on the rehearsal later on.
If you would like to be in the Zoom rehearsal, we ask that you book a place here. This is because we have limited space in each Zoom. Each week’s Zoom rehearsals are added to the booking page on Mondays at 14.00 BST.
How Do I Access Zoom Rehearsals?
If you choose to join the Zoom Room rather than watching on the website, you must book a space. The Confirmation email will have a Zoom link (as a bullet point with the date and time).
Help! I Haven't Received an Email Confirmation for An Event
Occasionally some email domains reject our event confirmation emails (even if you usually receive all of our other emails). If you haven’t received a booking confirmation, please drop us a line at [email protected] We can easily see whether you’re signed up and can send you a direct Zoom link to the event.
What Time are the Events?
We vary the times of the Events to allow as many people as possible to participate, regardless of Time Zones, work schedules and other commitments.
The Schedule is emailed out in the week preceding and posted on the Instructions page of the website.
You can convert events to your local time using this Time Zone converter:
Please note that there are different time zone tabs on the Project Schedule, however our Bookings system AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS event times to your current time zone as set by your computer. This means that when you receive your booking confirmation it will be in the correct time zone for your location.
What Are The Different Types Of Event?
Global Social – Meet some of the SAHC team, your fellow members and learn some helpful Zoom tips so you can enter rehearsals feeling confident!
Vocal Technique/Tip Forum – These are sessions with an industry expert. Submit a question (via a Google Form on the weekly email) and if we would like you to ask the question, we will get in touch to invite you into the Zoom. These sessions are livestreamed to YouTube and posted to the website within 24 hours.
Rehearsals – Join Tori, Jamie and the SAHC team in rehearsing the piece!
Upper and Lower Voice Sectionals – These are an opportunity to look at your part in more detail with Tori, Jamie and the SAHC team.
Drop-In Sessions – A more informal session (you do not need to book!) to ask Tori, Jamie and the SAHC team about anything you fancy! Vocal technique, technology issues, questions about the piece, whatever you fancy!
I Can't Make Rehearsals! Can I Still Participate?
Yes, of course!
- All our events are optional, so please don’t worry if you’re not able to attend.
- We will record all rehearsals and webinars and they will be available (via links on our website) on our YouTube channel once complete.
How Do I Submit A Video?
Once the Submission portal is open, you will see a ‘Submit Video’ button appear on the main project screen. Please click that, choose your voice part and then select whichever file you would like to upload.
If your file appears greyed out and you are unable to choose it, instead, try dragging the file to the submission window. The system will name your file using your full name which you have signed up with.
If you decide after submission that you’d like to do another take, just re-submit a video and it will replace your previous submission.
Do I Have To Submit A Video?
Not if you don’t want to! It’s absolutely find for you to come along to rehearsals and take part in the process, but not actually submit a video.
Alternatively, you can submit audio only if you’d prefer not to send in a video.
How Do I Submit Audio-Only?
To submit an audio recording, follow the submission portal as you would for a video. When you reach the ‘Upload File’ page, either drag the audio file into the grey box, or, click ‘All Files’ in the bottom right hand side of the pop-up and choose the file you would like to upload.
What Should I Wear In My Video?
Whatever you fancy! We will love your video whatever you wear.
Why Is My Video Not Uploading?
Make sure that you have a strong internet signal. Placing your device next to the wifi router, for example, can help speed up the process. It may also help if there aren’t too many other devices connected to the internet at the same time.
If you are still having trouble uploading your file, try running it through a converter such as this one to make the file smaller:
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How do I join the Stay At Home Choir?
- You can sign up to sing with us right here on this website!
- You can sign up to any of our active projects. Click ‘Join Project’, select your project and then click ‘Get Started’ to sign up
- To join the general mailing list, head to the homepage, scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Join Newsletter’
When is a video from a previous project going to be released?
- We have an ever-growing membership and as a result each video takes our small team slightly longer than the last to produce. We strive to release the highest quality products which truly showcase the talent of our membership, and every care is taken during the production process – this can take time! We send information about developments for previous projects via email, and we also post updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
- Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list and following us on social media to keep updated!
I can't see myself in your latest video BUT my name is on the credits!
Although we try to ensure that every face is featured in our videos, with thousands of people submitting for every project it is very tricky to make sure that everyone can see themselves.
If you can see your name on the credits please don’t worry – you are still on the track and have been included in the project!
Why can I see duplicates in the virtual choir grids?
Because we only have two visual editors we simply don’t have the manpower required to place people by hand. We rely on a computer programme to randomise the thousands of videos we receive and place them within the grids. Whilst we try to avoid duplicates where possible in the middle of our screens, we actively fill the ‘faded out’ areas around the edges of our shots with people who have already been featured in the middle somewhere, so that no-one ends up hanging off the edge of the screen! It’s a complicated process, and we get better at it with each edit.
How do I make a donation to the Stay At Home Choir?
- You can donate at the time of registering for a specific project – you will be asked when registering if you would like to make a donation
- If you choose not to donate upon registration and decide to donate later on, or wish to make a further donation, please head to the page of any previous project (e.g. Kings Singers) and click ‘Donate’ at the top of the page. This will enable you to donate without having to register or re-register for a project.
- The Stay At Home Choir is run by a small team of just 10 people and we receive no external funding, so any contribution small or large is greatly appreciated by us all and enables us to continue bringing you these projects.
If you would like to donate directly to the overall running of the Stay At Home Choir, please click here
I would like to feature Stay At Home Choir on my TV/Radio show
- Please email [email protected] with any PR requests.
- Please include “PR REQUEST” at the start of your email subject.
What format or size should my video be?
You are welcome to submit in whichever format works for you, as long as it is landscape. There should be no need to resize or compress unless it is particularly large and you have trouble uploading.