Scotland Sings Training and Networking weekend

This is a Training and Networking weekend is for Scottish Community Choir and Singing Group Leaders. It’s open to anyone who facilitates singing in some way – choirs, workshops, schools, house groups etc. As well as lots of networking, song-swaps, sharing, discussions and singing there will be 2 focussed sessions. On Saturday there’ll be an arranging workshop – learning about the best ways to arrange songs for groups at all levels. On the Sunday the focus will be on warm-ups – how, why and what – and we’ll be taking some time to video the exercises so we can have an on-line reminder for future reference. 

Comrie Croft Hostel, Perthshire
1st-3rd March
£80 /£50 conc. (Includes all bed and meals)

You can purchase a ticket here http://scotlandsingstraining.eventbrite.co.uk/

The Paul McKenna Band and McCrossan-Taylor!

Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan kicked off last nights Scotland Sings event, with some lovely songs!

The Paul McKenna Band’s set was fantastic and included many Scots songs!

Paul said: “Had a brilliant gig to kick off the Scotland Sings events last night! Great to be part of it and a great way to end the (Paul McKenna Band) gigs for this year!”

“With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding Vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.”

http://www.paulmckennaband.com/

Rhona MacLeod – Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE USE – 29 NOV 2102

SCOTLAND SINGS 2O12 – PRESENTS SCOTLAND AS THE SINGING NATION


Scotland Sings is a brand new national singing project taking place, not only across Scotland – but right here in NSW!

It’s been organised to mark St Andrew’s Day tomorrow, and over this weekend. The events will celebrate and present Scotland’s rich singing traditions, and encourage new participants and audiences to enjoy community singing events taking place.

Macarthur resident, Rhona MacLeod, a Scot and a singer, stumbled across the initiative by chance, only last week on ‘Facebook’ – and enquired if it was only limited to those living in Scotland. The organisers gave a typical warm Scottish welcome to Rhona’s idea of some activities being organised here in Australia!  They plan to go International next year.

Tomorrow, St Andrew’s Day, Rhona will be recording some Scottish songs – some with her former singing partner, Margaret Connor, from the Southern Highlands – with Seamus Byrne who will then broadcast them from Hill Top, on his weekly Podcast: ‘Shay Down Under’.

On Saturday, Dec 1st, at the regular folk music and song session in Balmoral Village, in the Southern Highlands, Rhona has asked the regulars and some new friends to come prepared to sing, or at least join in with, the Scottish songs.  She said: “St Patrick’s Day is always celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion – so I think it’s high time we Scots did the same here!”

-ENDS –


Local Contact:

Rhona MacLeod, on 0423 152 700 – for further information about her singing, her forthcoming CD [Dreams to Sell] and/or local events.

For further details on ‘Scotland Sings’, please visit the website: www.scotlandsings.co.uk
Media Contact:
Kirsty Atkinson
Wire Media Ltd
Tel: +44 141 440 6761
E: [email protected]

Scotland Sings is co-ordinated by ‘Hands Up For Trad’  and is supported by Creative Scotland and other leading Governmental Agencies.

It also has links with a number of related organisations e.g. The Scottish Story Telling Centre, The Traditional Music and Song Association and The Association of Gaelic Choirs.


The positive health and social benefits of singing have been the subject of research, and have contributed to the impetus to develop this initiative.

Doing my bit…

Hi all!

It’s been great fun working with everyone on the Scotland Sings project, but as I won’t be able to do my own events over Scotland Sings (I’ll be attending lots of them), I thought I’d do my wee bit by giving a track for free download. Seen as Christmas is almost upon us I thought this one quite fitting!

Silent Night by Linzi Murphy

Cheers,
Linzi :)

Scotland Sings in Dundee!

Sheena Wellington, along with Leisure and Culture Dundee, has coordinated a series of fantastic events all around Dundee for Scotland Sings!
http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/

FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
ONEBIG CHOIR
Christmas Light Night
Venue: Caird Hall Steps, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB
Start Time: 8.50pm

THURSDAY 29th NOVEMBER
SEVERAL SONG GROUPS
Christmas shopping evening
Venue: Overgate Centre, Dundee, DD1 1UH
Start Time: 6:00pm

FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER
TRAD TUNES FOR TINY PEOPLE
Venue: Charleston Library, Craigowan Road, Dundee, Angus DD2 4NN
Start Time: 10:30am

WEAVING SONGS BY PRIMARY 7, ST MARY’S SCHOOL
Venue: Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BT
Start Time: 10:30am

SCOTTISH AFTERNOON WITH MARGARET MATHER’S FREE VOICES
Venue: Asda, Kirkton, 7-9 Derwent Avenue, Dundee, DD3 0SZ
Start Time: 1:00pm

SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER
MARRYAT HALL
10am – noon: Cash for Kids Drop-in Concert including Ian Lees, Loadsaweemingsingin, Wighton Singers, Mary Mack, Kirkton Community Rock Choir, Karen Hannah & Kyle Howie and The Free Voice Singers. Donations welcome!

WIGHTON HERITAGE CENTRE
10.30am for 11am: Cappuccino Concert with Helen Brown, mezzo soprano accompanied by Helen Boyle, piano. Tickets £5 to include coffee

WELLGATE CENTRE
12.30pm – 12.45pm: U3A Folk Group
1.30 pm – 2pm: Kirkton Community Rock Choir

FRIGATE UNICORN
2pm: The Lydian Singers

ON BOARD THE FRIGATE UNICORN (the oldest British built ship afloat!)
2pm: The Lydian Singers

OVERGATE CENTRE
afternoon, various choirs

DUNDEE WEST CHURCH
6.30pm: The Samuel Chorus in Choral Concert, including works by Beethoven, Pachebel, Russian and Christmas Music. Donations invited, light refreshments.

SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER
CONCERT WITH SHEENA WELLINGTON
The Lazy Susans, The Wighton Singers, and Karen Hannah & Kyle Howie.
Venue: Meadowside St Paul’s Church, Dundee, DD1 4EH
Start Time: 2:00pm
Tickets: Donation

ADVENT CAROL CONCERT
Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, DD1 1TD
Start Time: 6:00pm

Evergreen at Shetland Museum and Archives!

Saturday 1st December at 12 noon – Evergreen will be singing a mix of Shetland dialect songs (Whit does Shetland mean to me), folk songs (Gypsy Rover and Wild White Swans) and Christmas classics – (winter wonderland etc). They have been singing together as a group for 5 years and perform at numerous concerts and events in Shetland like the Shetland Folk Festival, Church concerts and variety concerts in aid of charities, and they were asked to perform at the Shetland Hamefarin opening ceremony in 2010. Choir members have all performed at the Schools Music Festival and have won Gold and Silver awards. The girls in the choir are all in secondary 2, and they have smart green t-shirts with Evergreen on the back and their names on the front!

Maria Barclay Millar (singing instructor) says “We just love singing!”

Evergreen’s Scotland Sings event:
Venue: Shetland Museum and Archives, Hays Dock, Lerwick, ZE1 0WP
Date: Saturday 1st December
Start Time: 12:00pm

We’re nearly there!

Singing makes you smileCan’t believe but after all the months of planning Scotland Sings is nearly apon us! I can’t wait to hear all the music round the country. We’re going to be travelling to as many places as possible and we’ll have our trusty cameras at hand to take lots photos! Remember anyone can take part. All have you have to do is sing! Remember singing makes you smile so don’t stop yourself and get others to join in with you. You can download our official poster to print on your computer as well.