Gareth Malone hopes his online singing group can help struggling artists to make money amid the worsening coronavirus crisis.
The famous choir master, 44, London, appeared on This Morning where he opened up about his new project, after Dame Esther Rantzen, 79, who is self-isolating with her daughter, urged him to to get people together on Skype to create a choir.
Host Philip Schofield originally shared news of the group on Monday’s show revealing that Gareth had heard Esther’s suggestion of an online choir for the elderly in isolation, and was ‘on it’.
He told that many musicians will be struggling for work in the coming months, and hopes that he can find a way they can ‘monetise’ making ‘bespoke’ music from home.
Gareth Malone (pictured), 44, London, appeared on This Morning where he opened up about his new project, The British Home Choir
Dame Esther Rantzen (pictured) , 79, is self-isolating at her home in New Forest because ‘it’s the sensible thing to do’ amid the coronavirus pandemic
‘It’s very worrying’, said Gareth, ‘A lot of musicians are hand to mouth. You have a gig you don’t get paid until you’ve done the gig.
‘You’re okay if you’re in a larger organisation, but if you’re a gigging musician, it’s a very frightening time. Because we rely on other people and the magic of music.
‘So we will try and find a way of monetising that. There’s an opportunity here for musicians to contact people at home and do bespoke things and be creative.’
Gareth went on to explain that the British Home Chorus will allow people to ‘contribute something from their kitchen’ and urged the public to ‘make music with their family’.
He told hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield (pictured) that many musicians will be struggling for work in the coming months, and hopes that he can find a way they can ‘monetize’ making music from home
‘I will be at home making music,’ he said. ‘So I would like people to download tracks, sing along, record them into phones and laptops and upload them so we can put them together.
‘What we can’t get do is get that live experience, we will miss that social contact. But I want people to feel is they can contribute something from their kitchen. That will be put into something big.’
He added: ‘I want everyone to get crafting one afternoon, go and make some music with your family. Go and get the salt shakers out bang a pan, get the trumpet you played as a kid and play it again’.
The choir master told that himself and others will be acting as ‘coaches’ using social media platforms like Instagram
The choir master said that himself and others will be acting as ‘coaches’, using social media platforms like Instagram.
He also predicted local communities will come together to make their own music – after a video of a group of people singing Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ together from their balconies in Rome went viral.
He said: ‘Local communities can do that, I think there will be a great movement. I’m seeing so many people who are starting to do these kind of things.’
Not alone: The broadcaster is hauled up in self isolation with her eldest daughter Emily, 42, who has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Pictured in 1996)
Earlier this week, Esther revealed she is self-isolating at her home in New Forest, with her eldest daughter Emily, 42, who has ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), because ‘it’s the sensible thing to do’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Childline founder – who has no symptoms – appeared on This Morning via Skype on Monday and explained that she made ‘a dawn raid’ on her local grocers to stock up on supplies for the next two weeks.
She told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘I should be on a cruise right now.
But what happened was I decided it would be inappropriate to find myself locked away from my family and friends if something happened on the ship.’
The cruise was in aid of Childline and Silverline – two charities of which she is on the board.
‘I found myself in Britain with quite an empty diary and I’ve thought to myself the sensible thing would be not to go out.’