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24 May 2013, 11:57
The social media-savvy composer has taken to Facebook to ask his fans for video submissions - showing off his Grammy Award to sweeten the deal.
If a video of Eric Whitacre coo-ing over his Grammy Award isn't enough to convince singers to send videos to his Virtual Choir, we don't know what is. The composer and conductor has taken to Facebook to call for submissions for his latest Virtual Choir project, Bliss.
"Convince every friend you have to join the Virtual Choir, VC4," he said. "This time it's going to be bigger and better than ever. We've already got 28 countries represented in 4 days, I think, but we're at 300 videos, and I think we could do much much better."
Concerned he'll receive an influx of videos on the closing date, Eric is calling for entries as soon as possible so the full package can be ready by July. Queen Elizabeth will be one of the first to see the finished performance, when the piece is premiered at the Coronation Festival Gala Concert at Buckingham Palace.
Eric is encouraging even the most timid of singers to take part: "Everybody thinks they're tone deaf. They're wrong. Just do it. Do it! Do it!"
The closing date for submissions is 10 June.