Announcing the reveal of Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise which features over 8,400 voices from nearly 6,000 singers representing 101 countries. Created by one of the most innovative musicians and communicators of our time, Grammy® Award-winning composer, conductor, lecturer – Eric Whitacre – VC4 premieres this week at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Coronation Festival ‘s Gala Performances, broadcast on BBC 1 TV/Radio 2 and featured on the One Show (Fri 12 July).
With singers ranging from as young as 6 years to the eldest of 98 years, VC4 has attracted singers from as far north as Tromsø in Norway down to Christchurch, New Zealand. Each of the States in the US is represented by a local singer.
For the first time, The Virtual Choir also features virtual soloists drawn from crowd submissions, and led by Grammy® Award-winning soprano, Hila Plitmann. Eric collaborated with renowned producer, Guy Sigsworth, to make the electronica track for Fly to Paradise. Eric describes Guy as “a classically trained musician with all the skills of a modern producer. We first worked together last year when he wrote a classical piece for my professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers. Through that process, my admiration only grew and when it came time to make ‘Fly to Paradise, I knew that there was no one else I would rather work with” ‘Fly to Paradise’ is taken from the award winning musical ‘Paradise Lost’ by Eric Whitacre which boasts 10 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Nominations, the 2008 Los Angeles Garland Award, and the LA Weekly Award. The show, heavily inspired by Japanese anime and manga, is a hybrid of musical theatre, opera, electronica and film score.<