A UNIVERSITY student has redefined the phrase a one-man band by becoming a one-man choir.

Luca Wetherall, a second-year music student at the University of Oxford, is releasing an EP which he pieced together completely by himself.

Mr Wetherall sings every part on his EP, entitled The Blue Bird, from the low bass range all the way up to high soprano.

He recorded and edited the four-track EP, which consists of 19th century choral music, from his bedroom.

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“I was stuck in my university room with not much to do during the second lockdown,” he said.

“I was messing around with things and with nobody else to sing with, I was doing all the bits myself.

“I uploaded what I was doing online and on TikTok, and the videos were getting lots of views.”

The music student now has almost 40,000 followers on the social media platform, while his videos have received more than a million likes.

“I didn’t expect this level of interaction, it was more for my own enjoyment and it’s very much a lockdown project which has gone out of control,” said Mr Wetherall.

“It’s very rewarding when you see the feedback and it’s great that young people are engaging with this type of music.

“A lot of it is the music you would hear outside a church or at a classical music concert and I want to get people to listen to that, and bring 19th century choral music into the 21st century.”

Encouragement from his followers on TikTok led Mr Wetherall to producing the EP.

He said: “I was making shorter videos which were maybe 30 or 40 seconds and people were commenting, wanting longer pieces, so it seemed like a natural progression.

“It’s been a big journey and I’ve got better at all the editing because making it sound professional was a challenge, as I was doing it in my bedroom and not in a studio.

“I’ve been writing essays and still doing all my studies so I’ve been very busy and I’ve pretty much had no free time, but it’s been nice to absorb myself in this.

“I just want as many people as possible to enjoy it and get new people listening to my music.”

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Despite his recent rise to stardom online, Mr Wetherall only began singing in a choir two years ago.

He said: “When I was 18, I got a choral apprenticeship at my local cathedral so I was late to join the whole thing.

“You do feel like you’re playing catch up a bit, but you learn to get better and get up to speed.”

The Blue Bird will be released on all major platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, at midnight on October 11.

You can follow Luca on TikTok @luca.wetherall