Mormon Tabernacle Choir takes to the big screen in ‘Singing With Angels’

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"Singing With Angels" premieres in select Utah and Idaho theaters on March 11. (Photo courtesy Candlelight Media)

“Singing With Angels,” a full-length feature on a fictional character’s journey to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, premieres in select Utah and Idaho theaters on March 11. (Photo courtesy Candlelight Media)

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir can be seen on Temple Square, touring Europe for concerts, at baseball games singing the National Anthem — and now it can be seen on the big screen.

“Singing With Angels,” a fictional story about a woman’s journey to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, features the GRAMMY Award-winning choir. In fact, the whole story was built around incorporating the real-life Mormon Tabernacle Choir into the movie.

“They are such a big organization, but they are so organized,” said Brittany Wiscombe, the writer for the movie. “I am amazed by how hard they work and what they do. They were so good natured to work with us.”

While the story is about a fictional character, it is based on true stories shared by members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Wiscombe requested that Choir members share their personal stories with them while the script was being developed.

“We wanted to incorporate that and tell more than one person’s story,” Wiscombe said.

[pullquote]“The story of the film will be an affirmation that the choir’s music can bring peace and hope and transform lives.” —Ron Jarrett, Mormon Tabernacle Choir president[/pullquote]

And the story that unfolded was a story of challenge and the power of music. “Singing With Angels” tells the story of a woman and her journey to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Wiscombe explained that the movie is not a documentary but a story meant to entertain and uplift. “I hope people feel the hope that comes with knowing you are not alone,” she said.

This is the first full-length feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been involved in, and Choir president Ron Jarrett had to receive permission from LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson before collaborating with Candlelight Media Group, which is distributing “Singing with Angels.”

“The movie … is historic in that it is the choir’s first full-length narrative feature where the choir is integrated significantly in the original story,” Jarrett said. “The story of the film will be an affirmation that the choir’s music can bring peace and hope and transform lives.”

The full Choir participated in filming on two separate occasions, and several other Choir members helped with additional scenes. The movie was filmed in the spring and summer of 2015 in Salt Lake venues: Salt Lake Tabernacle, Temple Square and Abravanel Hall.

“I am so pleased with how the Choir is portrayed, how the experiences came to life and how powerful the movie is right through the last moment — truly a magnificent story,” Jarrett said. “I am confident that people of all backgrounds, family and friends will be uplifted, inspired and entertained by this movie.”

The 94-minute film will open in Utah and Idaho theaters on Friday, March 11. Learn more about “Singing With Angels” at singingwithangelsmovie.com.

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