Church Invites All to Participate in Virtual Christmas Concerts

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Jeff Borders

Jeff Borders

COVID has curtailed Christmas concert plans, but the Church is now crowdsourcing the effort, inviting all to submit their own performances.

We look forward every year to the extensive Christmas celebrations hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on and around Temple Square throughout December. However, in this, the Year of Our COVID, such performances will understandably not occur.

However, rather than broadcast previous performances or reduce the overall programming, the Church has decided to make this year’s Christmas offerings more collaborative, announcing that you and I, the lay citizens, can submit our own Christmas performances to be broadcast globally!

Per the Church, the musical performances do not need to be strictly worshipful, but can “include fun and lighthearted holiday songs” in addition to more traditional Christmas songs from “various cultures and traditions.” Original compositions may also be considered.

Whether you want to sing or play an instrument, are a soloist or a group, the Church is calling on you to share your talents and not bury them in the sand, although the press release notes that group submissions will be given priority over soloists. All are invited to participate in this Christmas celebration, whether you are a member of the Church or not.

Approved submissions will be stitched together into a single broadcast.

While the FAQs give specifics for video and audio recording, they also note that those wanting to participate may send their performances in whatever format they can manage, and they will still try to use it.

Those participating can submit up to two performances by November 15th 2020. Submissions can be sent to [email protected]. Of course, with one minute of footage in 1080p typically requiring roughly 20MB of space, the jury’s out on how you intend to attach a 3-4 minute video file in an email. Salt Lake is about to be inundated with a whole bunch of Drive and Dropbox links.

So what are you waiting for TWiM family? Get out there, warm up your pipes, tune your instruments, and help Light The World!

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