A Ballarat virtual choir project has connected people from around the world and created a sense of joy through song during times of isolation.
Buninyong musicians Geoffrey and George Williams launched the first Virtual Soul Choir performance video last week.
It features 150 people from Ballarat and around the world who submitted videos of themselves signing their part of the song Ray Of Sunshine.
Mr and Mrs Williams wrote and arranged the song specifically for the choir to 'spread a bit of sunshine' and created video tutorials for each vocal part.
The couple created the final video by separating the audio and the video and mixing each submission together.
Watch the Virtual Soul Choir perform below.
Mr Williams said for singing alone and submitting a video was a challenging experience for many people, especially those used to singing with others in a choir, but participants were happy to see the outcome.
"I don't think we have really understood how powerful music is until maybe this point where we are all at home," he said.
"Music is so unifying and it speaks to a part of us that is primal I think. It is the joy of it and the joy of sharing it and that even when we are not together we can still be together through music."
Mrs Williams said creating the video had brought so much joy to their household and to those involved.
"Creating a project where the community is the star of the show is incredibly fulfilling for us," she said.
"Some people said they wouldn't normally feel confident to join a choir... they had to overcome those barriers to send the video in.
"Then to see themselves back singing with everyone, they realised voices together really sound wonderful."
Watch George and Geoffrey Williams explain the Virtual Soul Choir project.
Mrs Williams said she hoped the Virtual Soul Choir would inspire more people to join choirs when restrictions were lifted.
"The community that is built in the choir I run in Buninyong and how much it means to people, you can't explain how much joy you get from people singing together," she said.
"If it encourages people to join choirs when we get back to being face to face, that would be a fantastic outcome from the project."
Mrs Williams said lockdown had encouraged her to think creatively and realise new ways to connect.
"Music is an essential part of us. It is beyond words what happens when we sing together," she said.
"I think even though it was a virtual experience, the finished product had the impact that we have when we do sing together, which is quite extraordinary I think."
The Virtual Soul Choir is supported by City of Ballarat as part of its Be Kind, Be Creative campaign in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr and Mrs Williams said they would soon begin work on arranging a song for a second Virtual Soul Choir project.
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