British Film Institute recognises contribution of Banbury Musicians


Project to map the place of video during coronavirus pandemic commends Quarantine Collective

Musicians involved in Banbury’s fund-raising Quarantine Collective project have been noted by the British Film Institute (BFI) as having one of the key videos of the coronavirus pandemic.       In a national project to map the place of online video during the COVID-19 crisis the BFI describe the video as “impressive”.

The Quarantine Collective first unveiled their version of the Beatles “With A Little Help From My Friends” on Banbury FM on 21st April.   Over 30 musicians took part on the project which was masterminded by Tom Bodfish from Bodicote.

#BritainOnLockdown is a BFI National Archive project to record the UK’s COVID-19 experience.   In it’s latest project article the BFI have focussed on the music industry which it describes as being “hamstrung by social distancing”.

The BFI note the innovative ways that online video has helped ensure that musicians can still perform together.   Whilst the end product may appear as good as any studio performance the BFI note the tremendous effort made by performers to achieve this.   They say, “Like graceful swans, the most impressive examples feature seamless performances that bely the hard work going on under the surface, capturing and synching performances from musicians captured miles, and sometimes days, apart”.

The BFI describe The Quarantine Collective’s version of ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ as a good example.    They say, “It features an impressive number of local bands connecting virtually in a way that they could never have done on a real stage. The fact that they did it to raise funds for local NHS workers makes it even more laudable”.

So far the Banbury Quarantine Collective have raised £4,600 for the NHS Charity in North Oxfordshire.

The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image.   Amongst their work they care for the BFI National Archive, the most significant film and television archive in the world.

Read the BFI article here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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