121% Funded

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Target: €1500

100%

€1,815 Raised

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68 Funders

CCC introduces the complete Burt Carols

By Nicki Ffrench Davis

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Cork Chamber Choir, a 24-member mixed voice choir of musicians and friends, is looking forward to introducing an almost unknown set of carols to Irish audiences on our first studio recording.

Discovered by the choir by chance, these 15 carols were written as part of a family tradition in Michigan. While a few of them were brought to millions by such recording artists as Nat King Cole, James Taylor and Rufus & Martha Wainwright, most of them have been quite neglected. To Irish audiences they are all but unknown.

Rooted in the warmhearted and wholesome tradition in which they were born from 1942-54, each carol is unique. Whether tender or giddy, reflective or joyous, each sounds so traditional yet is coloured by the rich harmonic language of a natural jazz musician.

It is said that Alfred Burt, who died tragically young at 32 the day after writing one of our favourites (The Star Carol), never played the carols the same way twice. We're sure that other musicians and choirs will be excited to hear this selection box of seasonal songs and want to make one their own.

When we discovered them and sang them through for the first time we knew we had found something very special to share with our audience. The more we sang the carols the more we came to love them. So we have pooled our resources and made a professional studio recording of the complete set which is currently being mastered. We need your help to copy and package the recording ready for the Christmas market.

The final product will be sold with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Barnado's Ireland charity. But not without your help! We have run out of funds and are really hoping you can help us pay for the copying of the CDs and the design and print of a suitably gorgeous CD cover so we make it into all the lists of top pressies to buy this Christmas.

We have put together a selection of rewards for every pocket and please be assured that every donation, however small (or big!), will mean a lot to us. You can use your donation to pre-order your copy of the album on CD (to arrive PRIOR to the public launch!) or to reserve a ticket at our Christmas performance of the carols in the iconic St. Annes Church, Shandon which will take place on Saturday December 22nd at 6pm.

Folks, we've worked so hard to make the best recording we can - help us share it with the country now and raise some much-needed funds for Barnado's at the same time... please fund us today.

Please find Cork Chamber Choir on Facebook to stay up to date with us.  We can be contacted directly at corkchamberchoir@live.com

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Now with new improved links!

APOLOGIES we made a mistake with the previous links - the ones below should work! Thanks to all of you, our valued funders. Having invested in the project we would love to share the proposed design with you and ask for your thoughts. Our designer Robin Foley of Sponge Design has been working hard to create a beautiful CD cover . We have a draft now that we would like your feedback on. We are aiming to sign off on this on Tuesday so are asking for your reaction by tomorrow (Monday evening). You can view the draft here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/epikb98b0niavyd/Burt_album_cover_2nd_draft.pdf You can also view the first draft Robin made: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ziquy3jogeqx0y/Burt_cover_draft_1.jpg With the clock against us we're not looking for radical changes here but if you have some constructive feedback please email it to vocalcork@gmail.com. Thanks again for your support.

We need our funders feedback!

Hi everyone, Thanks to all of you, our valued funders. Having invested in the project we would love to share the proposed design with you and ask for your thoughts. Our designer Robin Foley of Sponge Design has been working hard to create a beautiful CD cover . We have a draft now that we would like your feedback on. We are aiming to sign off on this on Tuesday so are asking for your reaction by tomorrow (Monday evening). You can view the draft here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2366d6rlyws9awv/Burt album cover 2nd draft.pdf You can also view the first draft Robin made: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8iq7av8wtnpcx59/Burt cover draft 1.jpg With the clock against us we're not looking for radical changes here but if you have some constructive feedback please email it to vocalcork@gmail.com. Thanks again for your support.

We need our funders feedback!

Hi everyone, Thanks to all of you, our valued funders. Having invested in the project we would love to share the proposed design with you and ask for your thoughts. Our designer Robin Foley of Sponge Design has been working hard to create a beautiful CD cover . We have a draft now that we would like your feedback on. We are aiming to sign off on this on Tuesday so are asking for your reaction by tomorrow (Monday evening). You can view the draft here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2366d6rlyws9awv/Burt album cover 2nd draft.pdf You can also view the first draft Robin made: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8iq7av8wtnpcx59/Burt cover draft 1.jpg With the clock against us we're not looking for radical changes here but if you have some constructive feedback please email it to vocalcork@gmail.com. Thanks again for your support.

Wowsers we've met our target!!

WOW we have rocketed over the target line!! Huge thanks to all of you for getting us this far. The Fund:It campaign will remain open til next Thursday and anyone can use it to pre-order a CD that will be mailed out before the official launch, or for tickets to our Christmas concert. There is nothing to stop us exceeding our target, and the more donations we have to cover basic costs the more copies we can make, bringing down the cost per CD and allowing up to donate more profits to Barnados! Huge thanks again to all our funders - you have made this happen and we're delighted. If you are moved to share the good news among your network and include a link to the Fund:It page to help us attract some more supporters we'd be delighted. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

Thanks for the gigs Fundit!

Well we are just past on-third of the way through the campaign and are 45% funded so we are well on target but we still have a long way to go! The latest news on the project is that, thanks to this Fundit campaign, we have been invited to take part in 2 Christmas concerts by one of Cork's leading musicians, John O'Connor. The concerts will feature the very very lovely Mary Hegarty and a small orchestra and we have been invited to sing some of the Burt carols. This is a great opportunity for us to bring the carols to a new audience and sell the CDs and we look forward to a few collaborative numbers. Meanwhile our designer Robin Foley of Sponge Design is working on the CD cover and has designed a fab logo for the choir as part of the project. And we have the master copy of the recording so we will soon be entering the duplication stage. At the moment we are trying to find a national grocery distributor who might come on board with us and help get the CDs out all over the country - if anyone has any useful contacts please email nickiffrench@gmail.com . Thanks!

We've finally heard the album!

Big news today - our designated choir critics went to the studio last night to hear the finished album and are delighted with the result. A lot of postproduction time has been spent taking out the little noises that twenty odd singers make unconsciously, flutters of paper, creaks of shoes and the like... The balance of the choir is reportedly lovely with some rich bass sounds and good blending, but the happy report is that we still sound like ourselves, and we still sound human (some choirs can almost sound like machines by the time all the modern technology has been brought to bear on their recordings - this is not what we're aiming for!). The choir critics listened to them back in chronological order (that is, the order they were written in) and have decided this will work very well as the order for the album so that's what we'll probably go with. Thanks to all 15 of of funders so far who have brought us to almost 20% of our minimum target, without which we will receive nothing. Please do share the campaign with your networks if you can as we still have a long way to go!

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