Hamilton Mountain students celebrate flag in song

News Apr 17, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Youngsters at Richard Beasley elementary school are among some 30,000 school children from across the country who are voicing a new recording of O Canada.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag the federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage has commissioned Hometown Music Council to record children singing the national anthem in English and French at 82 schools in 41 cities.

The voices of the children at each school will be meshed into a recording of O Canada in both official languages. 

“We’re going to bring all those voices together into the largest recording of O Canada that has ever been done,” said Rob Hanson, executive director of Hometown Music, who brought his recording equipment to the east Mountain school on April 9. “We will have 400 tracks of children recording all brought together.”

Hanson said word of the project was sent out to schools across the country and Beasley was among the first to indicate they wanted to take part.

“It was first-come, first served,” he said.

Two classes at a time the Beasley students filed into the gymnasium for the recording sessions that were done in two or three takes.

The students followed a conductor on an overhead screen and the words to O Canada also appeared before them.

“They all sing absolutely in time with that video and then we’re going to edit it all together so it will be completely in sync,” Hanson said.

He noted the participating schools could chose to sing the anthem in English or French.

The Beasley student sang in English while earlier in the day students at EEC Notre Dame in the lower city sang in French.

Hanson said he will also mix the recordings to produce a bilingual version of O Canada.

“It feels good,” said five-year-old Hannah Redman, a kindergarten student at Beasley and one of the student voices. “We get to sing as a group.”

Karen Allen, a kindergarten teacher at Beasley, said the students had been working on their version of the national anthem for the past two weeks.

“We sing O Canada every day,” she said.

Hanson said the downloadable recording should be available around Christmas at www.flogofcanada.ca.

 

Hamilton Mountain students celebrate flag in song

Richard Beasley school part of national recording of O Canada

News Apr 17, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Youngsters at Richard Beasley elementary school are among some 30,000 school children from across the country who are voicing a new recording of O Canada.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag the federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage has commissioned Hometown Music Council to record children singing the national anthem in English and French at 82 schools in 41 cities.

The voices of the children at each school will be meshed into a recording of O Canada in both official languages. 

“We’re going to bring all those voices together into the largest recording of O Canada that has ever been done,” said Rob Hanson, executive director of Hometown Music, who brought his recording equipment to the east Mountain school on April 9. “We will have 400 tracks of children recording all brought together.”

Hanson said word of the project was sent out to schools across the country and Beasley was among the first to indicate they wanted to take part.

“It was first-come, first served,” he said.

Two classes at a time the Beasley students filed into the gymnasium for the recording sessions that were done in two or three takes.

The students followed a conductor on an overhead screen and the words to O Canada also appeared before them.

“They all sing absolutely in time with that video and then we’re going to edit it all together so it will be completely in sync,” Hanson said.

He noted the participating schools could chose to sing the anthem in English or French.

The Beasley student sang in English while earlier in the day students at EEC Notre Dame in the lower city sang in French.

Hanson said he will also mix the recordings to produce a bilingual version of O Canada.

“It feels good,” said five-year-old Hannah Redman, a kindergarten student at Beasley and one of the student voices. “We get to sing as a group.”

Karen Allen, a kindergarten teacher at Beasley, said the students had been working on their version of the national anthem for the past two weeks.

“We sing O Canada every day,” she said.

Hanson said the downloadable recording should be available around Christmas at www.flogofcanada.ca.

 

Hamilton Mountain students celebrate flag in song

Richard Beasley school part of national recording of O Canada

News Apr 17, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Youngsters at Richard Beasley elementary school are among some 30,000 school children from across the country who are voicing a new recording of O Canada.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maple Leaf flag the federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage has commissioned Hometown Music Council to record children singing the national anthem in English and French at 82 schools in 41 cities.

The voices of the children at each school will be meshed into a recording of O Canada in both official languages. 

“We’re going to bring all those voices together into the largest recording of O Canada that has ever been done,” said Rob Hanson, executive director of Hometown Music, who brought his recording equipment to the east Mountain school on April 9. “We will have 400 tracks of children recording all brought together.”

Hanson said word of the project was sent out to schools across the country and Beasley was among the first to indicate they wanted to take part.

“It was first-come, first served,” he said.

Two classes at a time the Beasley students filed into the gymnasium for the recording sessions that were done in two or three takes.

The students followed a conductor on an overhead screen and the words to O Canada also appeared before them.

“They all sing absolutely in time with that video and then we’re going to edit it all together so it will be completely in sync,” Hanson said.

He noted the participating schools could chose to sing the anthem in English or French.

The Beasley student sang in English while earlier in the day students at EEC Notre Dame in the lower city sang in French.

Hanson said he will also mix the recordings to produce a bilingual version of O Canada.

“It feels good,” said five-year-old Hannah Redman, a kindergarten student at Beasley and one of the student voices. “We get to sing as a group.”

Karen Allen, a kindergarten teacher at Beasley, said the students had been working on their version of the national anthem for the past two weeks.

“We sing O Canada every day,” she said.

Hanson said the downloadable recording should be available around Christmas at www.flogofcanada.ca.