The Choir: Sing While You Work

BBC’s show ‘The Choir’ reached it’s grand final last week with some multi camera help from Shooting Partners.

In this series, entitled ‘Sing While You Work’, Choirmaster Gareth Malone attempts to teach choral music to people with little singing experience from many different work forces.

Last week’s grand finale saw the three remaining choirs face their biggest challenge yet, as they took to the stage in front of thousands at one of the world’s most prestigious choral music festivals – the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen. Belting out their final notes in the competition, the choirs were each scrutinised by Ruby Turner, Ralph Allwood and Manvinder Rattan, the series’ judges.

Shooting Partners provided a multi camera set up based around full sized shoulder mount Sony cameras, with viewfinders, remotes, comms etc as well as Panasonic HD vision mixing and split screen monitoring.

Shooting Partners Senior Technician, James Foreman, was technically managing each location through both the Semi Final and Final stages of the series and commented “We make good use of small, compact versatile equipment to make each Multi camera scenario work as efficiently as possible. Most of the time there is limited space for us to set up a small gallery in so we have to plan each case carefully. Certain products have helped us to build small scale Portable Production Units, such as the Black Magic Smart Video Hub which includes 16 x 16 SDI, 3 Gb/s SDI, auto SD/HD/3 Gb/s SDI, re-clocking, ethernet, USB and serial router control interfaces”.

James added: “We opt mostly for split screen monitoring either through one of our Panasonic AVHS400 compact mixers or through Decimator quad splits depending on the particular set up. We can also go for a full racking option which provides complete camera control and engineering through fibre cable runs”

‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’ is a Twenty Twenty Television production.


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