Thanks so much for doing this.
Please read this carefully, it will tell you everything you will need to do to make this happen brilliantly!!
To record you will need two devices and headphones.
You will use one device to record a video of your contribution.
You will use the other to play the backing track (through headphone) which will let you listen to a backing track while you sing and will show you the words.
You are going to be singing Avinu Malkeinu.
Avinu Malkeinu, Chaneinu V’aneinu,
ki ein banu ma’asim.
Assei imanu ts’dakah vachesed, vehoshiyeinu
Hear our voice, Lord our God,
pity and be compassionate to us, and accept – with compassion and favour – our prayer.
I am hugely grateful to our in-house maestro, Julian Dawes, who has set and scored this wonderful piece of our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy so we can take part, even if we can’t all (yet) be together. Thank you Julian.
If you want something super-easy you can download the ‘choir’ MP3 and the ‘choir’ part, sing along and have fun.
If you want, and if you are comfortable reading music, we are also offering opportunities to sing one of four parts; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass.
Each has their own MP3 backing track and their own score.
You can see all the backing tracks and scores, clearly labelled, here
And all the backing tracks are synchronised, so the piece will (theory is a wonderful thing) come togethering into one glorious whole.
That brings me to our member, and professional editor, James Moriarty who will be bringing the piece together. Thank you James.
We want you to record your contribution with a camera that is fixed in position (on a tripod or propped up securely) in ‘portrait’ mode with your eyes just above the middle of the screen and your shoulders filling the screen, a bit like this.
It doesn’t need to be too exact.
All men and boys, and any women and girls who wish, should wear a Kippah.
Make sure you are wearing headphones when you are recording, we don’t want to hear the playback track on your recording.
When you have the recording device ready and recording press play on the backing track.
When you start the backing track you will hear two bars of intro and off you go!. Do have a listen to the track a couple of times before you try recording, just to get in the swing of things.
At the end of the track don’t do anything. Just wait, count to five before you move or turn the camera off.
Singing into a camera with a backing track in your ear, isn’t easy. You might get distracted or embarrassed or you might listen back and feel it’s not as tuneful as you would like. Please don’t worry. We aren’t planning on having everyone in view all the time. If you make a little mistake, just keep on going and we can edit around that.
If you want to have a few goes, go for it. But you need to send us a recording that starts with the clicking at the beginning and ends 5 seconds after the end of the song, and, again, don’t worry about it not being ‘perfect.’ Nothing is perfect!
By sending us a film of your children you are confirming that we (New London Synagogue) have permission to use this recording for a video which will be made available on-line and on social media. In line with Synagogue policies on use of images, we will not be directly identifying participants. There will be no listing of the names of those taking part.
The video will be used in our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur participation video, but we promise an early first-peek to everyone taking part.
We are all so excited to receive your videos.
Many, many thanks,