When All This Is Over – A Lockdown Anthem by Thomas Johnson
An Exeter Northcott #TheTimeIsNow commission
Drawn from reflections on lockdown from people across the South West, When All This Is Over is sung by people across the region who have never met.
More than 50 people responded to an open call to take part in the project, either by writing about their experiences of lockdown to inspire the lyrics or by joining the virtual choir and singing the anthem.
Composer and musician Thomas Johnson created the lyrics, wrote the music and then mixed the videos and voices together to create a joyful yet powerful anthem depicting this unique time.
“For me it’s been a really moving experience. People’s lyrical suggestions gave me an insight into a collective human experience that I could never have guessed at by myself. The singing was a joy to watch and listen to, and compiling all the videos together was rather emotional and hugely enjoyable.”
– Thomas Johnson
When Exeter Northcott re-opens, the choir will come together to sing the anthem live on stage marking a special moment when audiences and performers can meet for a live experience once more.