Hornton records a You Tube hit with its lockdown 'virtual' choir

The lockdown has produced an unexpected bonus for the residents of Hornton - a revival of the village choir.

By Roseanne Edwards
Monday, 13th April 2020, 9:24 am
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 4:22 pm
The newly formed virtual Hornton village choir
The newly formed virtual Hornton village choir

And the virtual choral group has released its first production - a version of Cyndi Lauper's 1986 hit True Colours - on You Tube.

The Banbury Guardian's village correspondent, Roger Corke, said: "The village choir, which was run successfully for several years by Pete Whitehead until he moved out of the village, has reformed under his guidance during the lockdown - across the internet.

"This week the choir released its first recording - True Colours, first performed by Cyndi Lauper in 1986 - and, much to the surprise of many of the 22 singers, it actually sounds pretty good.

"At the first rehearsal, conducted through the Zoom conferencing app, Pete quickly discovered a snag - everybody’s broadband ran at a slightly different speed so when he tried to conduct the singers, they all started at slightly different times.

"Pete got round the problem by sending the singers a sound file containing the music with their soprano, alto or bass part and each of them recorded themselves singing alone. They sent the recordings to Hornton’s Tom Wain, who put the ensemble together on video and the result is now online for the world to see."

See what you think of Hornton's True Colours.