The journey for releasing Sounds of the Season started in 2020 while we were all learning to do things virtually. Following all public health guidelines Revv52 split into four groups of 12 people. A temporary private rehearsal space provided better airflow and room for our singers to spread out.
During rehearsals, our singers stayed physically distant from one another, wore masks at all times, used their microphones, and sanitized their chairs and stands between groups. It was a logistical challenge and a lot of extra work, but these changes allowed us to get back to making music together again, safely.
In November, John asked each small group to choose a Christmas song that was meaningful to them. After a few weeks of rehearsal, the guidelines for gatherings changed once again. Instead of recording as a small group, the singers went into the studio—one at a time—to record their part, singing along to tracks provided by Revv52’s band members.
Once the audio was complete, our singers turned to virtual practices to hold staging and choreography workshops. Then, on a chilly weekend in early December, our small groups got together in even smaller divisions (to align with the latest guidelines) to film videos for their recordings at some of Calgary’s most iconic landmarks.
The five holiday-themed videos provided the base to which the next year we added two more videos. This time we split the sopranos and altos from the basses and tenors to create It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and Jingle Bells.