Composer/conductor Eric Whitacre launched a global search for singers on Sept. 23 in hopes of breaking a world record by assembling the world’s largest online choir. PHOTOS: KINVER MILES

Blur bassist Alex James was the first participant in Virtual Choir 2011, recording his part for Whitacre’s “Sleep.” “This proves that you no longer have to live in a major city to be a part of a significant cultural scene,” James says. “This project is accessible to anyone from Manhattan to the Maldives.” James is pictured here (right) with Whitacre (left) performing at the kick off event.

Celebrating the massive undertaking are (from left) Dickon Stainer, Decca president; Whitacre; Bee Bradley, Decca marketer; Richard Gay, Decca's marketing manager and managing director Mark Wilkinson.

James; Julian Lloyd Webber; and Whitacre mix it up during the event.

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