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Choir inspired by sound of Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium

21 December, 2018 — By Calum Fraser

LSO Community Choir: ‘We just need people to make one step towards us. We can help them with the rest’

ARSENAL fans are not always known for producing a cauldron of noise – their old ground was nicknamed Highbury the Library.

But tuneful supporters at the Emirates can now claim to have inspired world-famous American composer David Lang to start a choir made up of hundreds of novice singers.

London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is taking this idea on and calling on anyone who likes to sing, whether at the Emirates or in the shower, to join the choir project.

About 500 people will be picked to take part in the Public Domain project at the Barbican Centre conducted by LSO choral director Simon Halsey, with a live performance in the Barbican foyer on March 24.

LSO’s Simon Halsey

Mr Halsey said: “David wanted to write a piece that had been inspired by going to a soccer match at the Emirates Stadium. What he loved at the Emirates was how the singing begins. You can’t tell quite how it begins, but the next thing you know 80,000 people are singing at the top of their voices.”

He added: “The question to himself was: ‘How can I create an event which involves lots of people who are not necessarily specialists in music?’ He spent a while asking people to take on this event and I was the first person to be stupid enough to say: Yes, I would.”

The LSO is keen for people from Islington to put themselves forward. Participation is free, there are no auditions and no requirement to read music.

Mr Halsey added : “We’re looking for anyone from regular choir members to shower singers. All we ask is for people to come with an open mind and be committed to the idea of making new friends and getting stuck in. People can be intimidated by choir music. They think they won’t understand it. We just need people to make one step towards us and then we can help them with the rest.”

The Public Domain performance is supported by the Cultural Mile initiative, which will see a swathe of land between Farringdon and Moorgate undergo regeneration.

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