Classic FM are looking to you to vote for the best pieces of music ever written for their annual Hall of Fame. Last year Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending reached the number 1 spot accompanied in the Top 10 by Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (‘Choral’). Visit the Classic FM… continued
Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release…
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NPR’s Here & Now DJ Sessions recently featured a survey on choral music from from older classics, including the late Frank Martin, through to Eric’s Virtual Choir. To listen to the program in full, visit the Here and Now website.
Composition in the Digital World is the new book from Robert Raines and Oxford University Press which brings together a selection of conversations with 21st century American composers. Eric was honored to be asked to contribute the final chapter discussing composition in the modern age, the impact of technology and the Virtual Choir. To read more… continued
Complete catalog of published works
This exclusive digital and vinyl EP features Eric's choral cover version of Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode. Coupled with Enjoy the Silence is one of his own compositions.
Water Night is Eric Whitacre's follow up to his Grammy® Award winning album Light & Gold and features seven world premiere recordings.
Light & Gold was released in 2010 and became the no.1 Classical Album in the US and UK charts within a week, and won a Grammy® in 2012 for Best Choral Performance.
Within two years of their formation, the Eric Whitacre Singers have established themselves as one of the finest ensembles of our day. This professional choir draws in audiences with a wide spectrum of age, interests and backgrounds, performing Monteverdi and Bach to Whitacre, Lauridsen and Britten. They received exceptional and unanimous praise from critics and won a Grammy® award for Best Choral Performance for their debut album, Light & Gold on Decca/Universal.
Whitacre is that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original.The Daily Telegraph, London
The Virtual Choir
A global phenomenon
The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance.
How did it all start?
The Virtual Choir began in May 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when Britlin Losee – a fan of Eric's music – recorded a video of herself singing 'Sleep' and shared it on YouTube... continued
When is the next one?
The Virtual Choir is run on an individual project basis. There isn't currently a VC in production.
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The Virtual Youth Choir, in association with UNICEF, premiered at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday 23rd July. The event was broadcast live on TV and webcast.
Disney teamed-up with Eric to produce a song, "Glow", written especially for the World of Color – Winter Dreams show which premiered at Disney California Adventure® Park, Disneyland® Resort in December 2013.
VC4 was always destined to be a remix project, hence the choice of Fly to Paradise with soloists, choir and electronica. So now we’re providing the tracks of the final master for you to create your own audio remix.
Partially funded through Kickstarter, 'Fly to Paradise' includes 8409 videos featuring 5905 singers from 101 countries! It was launched in the gardens of Buckingham Palace as part of the Coronation Festival Gala.
Launched at the Lincoln Center, New York in a live online webcast and revealed on YouTube in April 2012; then mastered for bespoke audio-visual installations. It received an amazing 3746 videos from 73 countries.
Released in April 2011 and was met with a staggering response, incorporating 2051 singers from 58 countries and from all walks of life, including 9 year olds to senior citizens.
Launched in March 2010, featuring online performances by 185 singers. It received over 1 million hits in the first two months of its release, and has since been watched by nearly 4 million people.
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