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Sheffield Beatles Project Ensemble orchestra come together from home

An all-star cast of 25 Sheffield musicians have recorded The Beatles' 1967 single 'All You Need Is Love' from their homes.

For the last three years The Sheffield Beatles Project have performed full live performances of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, the White Album and Abbey Road, with appearances at the Folk Forest and an annual Christmas show at The Academy.

"After the initial craziness of lockdown had settled, the realisation that it might be weeks, even months before I got to make music with other people again was a really frightening thought," said Ben Eckersley, the project's musical director.

"We have always focussed on being a live band and orchestra, so this is the first time we've ever recorded. I don't think any of us ever imagined this is quite how we would do it, but it's been great fun and we are incredibly proud of the results."

Written by John Lennon, 'All You Need Is Love' was seen by an audience of millions as part of the first live global television broadcast Our World.

Project member Nick Cox describes the original broadcast as "a true technological landmark, bringing the world together."

"Although at the moment we're having to keep physically distant, we're so lucky to be able to stay socially close with the use of technology, even more so as musicians, as this technology enables us to get together and share the joy of music."

"What better song to play than 'All You Need Is Love', with its message of hope and its historical link with technology bringing people together."

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