What. A. Day. Today has been the kind of day that you dream about whilst being a music student… You know, the kind where you get to record a single for the biggest classical music radio station in the UK. Oh and record with the likes of Katherine Jenkins, Myleene Klass, Charlie Siem, Milos and Alfie Boe. And let’s not forget Laura Wright, Sol3 Mio and the Classic FM presenters. AND raise money for a great charity, #MakeSomeNoise, in some of the most wicked studios in London.
Well. Check. Check. CHECK. Being an intern at Classic FM definitely has it perks and when Sam Jackson, the Managing Editor needed musicians, I knew of no better place to ask than TL. Travelling to Hampstead Heath for 7.45am is slightly rough but the ever so effective bacon buttie bribe worked and all the musicians turned up, ready to record with conductor Julian Reynolds, and multi-nominated grammy producer Anna Barry. So it was Cans on (headphones y’all) and take 1, 2 and 3. The acoustics of the old church were insane! Then, with the magic of recording studios, the Trinity Laban instrumentalists overdubbed themselves. Seriously it sounds like a full orchestra on the single but there were only eight musicians. They were such pros, it was over before you could say I LOVE CLASSIC FM, so it was breakfast round two and time for the singers. A quick rehearsal at the piano, a change of octaves for the girls (‘sing as MGM as you can’), and then ACTION. With some reverb, it’s amazing how good singers sound at 9am. Then we did what some might say is every singers dream, we sang along to ourselves… Again, magically, eight singers became a whole choir… One of the quickest recording sessions ever. But obviously there is always time for a #conductorselfie… Then the solo artists came in (including Laurence Llewlyn Bowen who needed help with the Glock) and rocked their lines with guidance from the most amazing tech team who were doing nine days work… in one . There were lots of sweets, coffee and sweets and coffee and…you get the idea. The single, Steadfast, is out on Friday and you can download it from iTunes- we really need everybody to get involved so that we, through the wonderful power of music and social media, can raise money to help disadvantaged children and young people up and down the country. It was such an amazing experience- thank you Classic FM!!! And dudes and dude-ettes, it’s 99p…no excuses.