The GMIT choir is continuing to churn out hits with their first virtual production for the new academic season, a video of ‘Hold Me, Rock Me’ by Brian Tate.
Over 40 staff and retired staff from GMIT campuses in Galway and Mayo and guests from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) took part in Zoom rehearsals over the past four weeks.
They submitted their videos to Choir Director Seán Rowland, who then had the task of combining them together into this sensational production.
I chose this song in particular as it is a little different and is rather spiritual and soothing. The lyrics and melody along with the five parts are a gentle reminder that all will be well,” explains Rowland.
“With all lyrics you can take from it what you will, however I hope this is a message of calm. It’s also very fitting with November being the month of remembrance.”
The choir is following on from the incredible popularity of their first two virtual productions in lockdown, John Lennon’s Imagine and a unique mash-up of M People’s “Search for the Hero” and the hit single from 90s musical comedy Sister Act “Oh Happy Day”.
Two further GMIT choir videos are to be released this term. The Student Choir is currently recording the 2013 Avicci hit “Hey Brother” which will form part of all the virtual GMIT Graduation ceremonies later this month.
Along with this, the combined student and staff choirs are rehearsing for “Oh Holy Night” which will be released in early December.
“The arrangement of the classic “O Holy Night’” sounded just fabulous during the first Zoom rehearsals,” says Seán.
“To make it a little extra special I decided to light up my studio with candles and fairy lights and even donned one of my many Christmas jumpers for the occasion.
“It’s never too early to spread some festive cheer and I think this year deserves a little extra joy.”