As with all parts of society, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting musicians and artists on every level. Kieran Brunt’s choral group Shards has released a new track in response to this disruption, written in the first few days of the UK lockdown as live music went on an indefinite hiatus. Entitled ‘Inside I’ll Sing’, the composition saw Brunt enlist an array of stellar musicians to collaborate remotely as the Isolation Choir, including Anna Meredith, Hatis Noit, Nico Muhly, Douglas Dare, and many more. After reaching out to other musicians, Brunt pieced it together in his makeshift studio at home in London”. He explains:
“I reached out to musician friends in the UK and abroad to see if they would lend their voices to an ‘Isolation Choir’, and was overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm that everyone responded with. Like me, many needed a distraction from current events and valued just being given a simple task to do. I recorded a demo of the song and sent out instructions on how to record at home with whatever means were available.”
Director and singer Fiona Jane Burgess, who also collaborated on the song, has paired it with an accompanying video, featuring unused footage which she used to”rebuil[d] the narrative to poignantly complement the mood and emotion of the song.” Take a look below.