This was a massive challenge of an event as there was no sound check. We had to wing it and make the most of what we could.
The big lesson learnt here was not to use condensers as a way to pick up a choir. This would be perfectly fine in a recording situation but it is next to useless in a live outdoor situation. Luckily we had a bunch of AKG D5’s in front of the choir so we could pull those up to make them audible. The sound wasn’t the best as there was some distance, but there was just enough gain before feedback to be useful.
Next time, we’ll have a more cunning array of mics prepared.