Be part of Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers' virtual choir for VE Day anniversary celebration

Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers are inviting the public to join in with their VE Day anniversary celebration, but it will be taking a rather different format to what was seen for the commemoration 25 years ago.
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For the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, the town had a wonderful concert in All Saints Church to celebrate the landmark, arranged and conducted by Richard Watts.

But with the coronavirus lockdown meaning public gatherings are banned, to mark the 75th anniversary on May 8 the singers are organising a virtual choir to sing We'll Meet Again - which everyone sang 25 years ago at All Saints.

Richard said: "The full details will be on our website but basically there is a backing track and words for the song. Anyone can play the track and record their voice on their mobile phone or anything really and send us the file.

The 50th anniversary concert at All Saints ChurchThe 50th anniversary concert at All Saints Church
The 50th anniversary concert at All Saints Church

"We will then mix the voices together to make one big town sound ready for the national sing-a-long next Friday. Anyone can then download the final file to use in their own celebrations."

Recordings should be emailed to [email protected] before Thursday night (May 7) and your voice will be mixed with the others to form a virtual choir with the resulting file being on this website ready for the Friday night VE Day national sing-a-long after Her Majesty the Queen's address to the nation at 9pm.

If you are sending in a recording make sure that you listen to the backing track using headphones or similar. In this way only your voice will be recorded. A mobile phone is ideal for this.