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About the Virtual Choir

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 to create the Virtual Choir.

It began in 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when one young woman – a fan of Eric’s music – recorded a video of herself singing “Sleep” and shared it on YouTube.  Moved by the video, Eric responded by sending a call out to his online fans to purchase Polyphony’s recording, record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result. Eric was so impressed by the result that he decided to push the concept to the next level by recording himself conducting ‘Lux Aurumque’, asking Virtual Choir members to sing along to that and the first Virtual Choir was created.

The Virtual Choir has been like a drop of water on the surface of a still lake, rippling the musical and online landscape to reach millions. Now with more than fifteen million views, the VC phenomenon has reached all corners of the world, inspiring more and more singers to join each year. The VC has grown from 185 singers in VC1 to an amazing 8,409 videos for VC4 from 101 countries.

The VC videos have featured on worldwide TV (ABC in the US and BBC in the UK) and as installations across the globe including the Millennium Bridge, London as part of the 2011 Olympics, the opening of the Titanic Belfast 100-year anniversary exhibition as well as at the closing plenary of Davos World Economic Forum at 2013. The VC has also been seen on the main stage of the revered TED conference, the Paley Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC at events for Google, UNICEF and the United Nations amongst others.

At TED 2013, Eric conducted a real-time Live Virtual Choir, performing live from 28 countries around the globe, alongside a 100 person-strong choir on stage, streamed live through Skype.

Later in 2013, Eric teamed-up with Disney to produce a song, “Glow”, written especially for World of Color – Winter Dreams show which premiered at Disney California Adventure® Park, California. 1473 singers, representing all 50 American States, submitted recordings, most of which were chosen, to be part of the World of Color Honor Choir.

The first-ever Virtual Youth Choir launched in 2014 featuring 2,292 young singers from 80 countries across the world. The film, in partnership with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, premiered at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Youth Choir at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir
Fly to Paradise Remix Project
World of Color Honor Choir at Disneyland California Theme Park
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4 Fly to Paradise
Virtual Choir 4 'Fly to Paradise'
TED Live Virtual Choir 2013
Virtual Choir 3 'Water Night'
Virtual Choir 3: Water Night at Cambridge Music Festival, November 2013 Credit: Rich Etteridge
Virtual Choir 3: Water Night at Cambridge Music Festival, November 2013 Credit: Rich Etteridge
Virtual Choir 3 'Water Night'
Virtual Choir 3 'Water Night'
John Corigliano, Eric Whitacre and Chris Anderson at the VC3 Launch, Credit: Kerri Mason
Virtual Choir 2 'Sleep'
Virtual Choir 2 'Sleep'
Virtual Choir 2 'Sleep'
Conductor video filming
Virtual Choir 1 'Lux Aurumque'
Virtual Choir 1 'Lux Aurumque'