Virtual Scratch Orchestra

Welcome to the homepage for the Virtual Scratch Orchestra!

For me, music is all about people! People uniting, people sharing and people listening. At a very difficult time, when it is not currently possible to be physically together to share and make music, I invite you to create something together from afar!

The concept is simple: I will upload parts for different pieces, you video yourself playing the part that suits you most, send it in and then we’ll collate all of the videos to make a Virtual Orchestra and I’ll play along too. All audio stems will be used in the final video, however it may not be possible to include all video appearances. You can watch our first collaboration – ‘Where are we now?’, here. You do not need to have been in the first VSO to participate in this one, anyone can join!

Our second piece will be ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles. 

‘Let it Be’ is a song universally known and loved. To me, the message the song holds is very pertinent for the time we find ourselves in; it’s one of togetherness, positivity and love. Paul McCartney had a dream that his mother (Mary), who had sadly passed away, came to him to reassure him that everything was going to be ok and to ‘let it be’. His mum had been a nurse, so I hope that this project can express a deep gratitude to the NHS and all of those working tirelessly to keep us safe. The VSO is open to anybody of any ability, any instrument. We have parts specifically designed for beginners and also parts for singers. I really hope you may be able to join us!

How to join in

The deadline for our second Virtual Scratch Orchestra project, Let it Be, has now passed. For news and information on when the video will be released and for upcoming projects, please sign up to Jess’ newsletter! Stay safe.