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James Bond Singing Day
James Bond Singing Day

Sat, 07 Sept

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Bishop Grosseteste University

James Bond Singing Day

A singing day with a difference! The event features a massive medley of Bond themes. Do the initial learning at home in advance, then come together to hone the songs and create a highly-polished recording too.

Time & Location

07 Sept 2024, 10:00 – 16:00

Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Rd, Lincoln LN1 3DY, UK

About the event

This is a singing day with a difference - rather than aiming for a performance at the end, or singing purely for the sake of it with no end goal, we'll be making a recording on the day. This won't be just a simple "turn the microphone on and sing" recording - we'll use all the techniques used by professional recording engineers to bring together multiple takes and combine them into one highly-polished, superb quality recording.

The music

Bond themes are renown for their grandeur, soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Our medley takes in several of the big hits, such as "Thunderball", "Diamonds are forever", "You only live twice" and "Skyfall". We also get to sing the main James Bond theme, complete with trumpet stabs and trombone slides!

The process

Sheet music and learning tracks are available in advance, right from when you sign up. You have the option of downloading them, or ordering printed copies/CD that will be posted to you. This gives you plenty of time to become familiar with the music before the day. The learning materials are yours to keep - the cost of them is included in the price for the singing day.

On the day itself, we'll work on each song within the medley. As everyone will have had chance to become familiar with the music in advance, there'll be no need for "note-bashing" - we can get straight into making music, right from the start. We'll work on style, matching the way we sing to the needs of the song. We'll then record everything we've learnt.

Because of how we'll approach the music on the day, you will need to have become as familiar as you can with it in advance. You don't need to be note-perfect or have it memorised, but we don't recommend sight-reading it either. The better you know the music in advance, the more you'll get out of the day - the less you're looking at the music, the more you'll be "in the moment" and enjoying yourself!

Schedule

9:30 to 10:00am - Registration

10:00 to 10:15am - Welcome and warm-ups

10:15 to 11:15am - Rehearse

11:15 to 11:30am - Break

11:30 to 12:30pm - Rehearse

12:30 to 1:15pm - Lunch

1:15 to 2:45pm - Record

2:45 to 3:00pm - Break

3:00 to 3:45pm - Record

3:45 to 4:00pm - Final sing-through and farewells

The recording

The recording process will take advantage of recording techniques such as drop-ins and overdubs - we'll be able to isolate sections of each song and record them separately, as well as getting an overall recording of the whole medley. This means that we don't have to get one "perfect take" of the whole medley - unlike a live performance, we can go back and re-do bits if they didn't go smoothly first time around!

After the singing day is over, we'll take the recordings we made on the day and produce a final mixed and mastered recording of each medley, which will be available to everyone who took part as a downloadable MP3. Unfortunately, we aren't able to create physical CDs of the finished recording and post them to participants - the final recording will be a download from our website (we can also email it directly to people if they have difficulty downloading it).

Practicalities

If you take the option of receiving your learning materials digitally, you can burn one copy of the downloadable MP3 files to a CD if you wish. You will need to print your own music, or use a tablet or other digital device to read the score on the day. If you order them to be delivered physically, we'll post you a printed copy of the sheet music and a CD with your learning tracks on. Make sure you bring your music with you on the day.

This event is intended for people aged 18 or over. People younger than 18 may be able to take part if they are accompanied at all times by an adult who will take responsibility for them.

If you have any additional needs to help you get the full benefit of the singing day, please get in touch with us in advance and we will do everything in our power to enable your full participation.

We will not be providing refreshments on the day, so we recommend bringing your own - a packed lunch and flask/water bottle would be a great idea. There is a large Tesco about 5 minutes drive from the university and slightly further out there are a few coffee shops too.  The University has plenty of parking available for free.  We will be in the Robert Hardy building at the university.  The What3words location for the building entrance is ///weedy.safely.flops

Tickets

Ticket sales end a week before the event, to make sure that everyone has at least some chance to become familiar with the music beforehand. Please spread the word to anyone you know who loves singing. Please also bring your ticket with you to the event (either printed or on a phone/tablet), to help registration run quickly and smoothly. Thanks!

Tickets

  • Digital Resources

    Sale ends: 31 Aug, 22:05

    This ticket includes all of the learning materials in digital format.

    £30.00
    Tax: VAT included
  • Physical Resources

    Sale ends: 24 Aug, 22:05

    This ticket includes all of the learning materials in physical format. A copy of the sheet music and a CD with learning tracks on will be posted to you.

    £35.00
    Tax: VAT included

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