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Big Big Sing launches in Glasgow
13 January 2014
Glasgow is working to put singing centre stage as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. Big Big Sing is an initiative of the
Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, set to promote singing in the run up to the
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Events planned so far include Big Big Sing
launch of the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, and a Schools’ Songwriting
Events kick off with Big Big Sing Days in
Scottish cities, starting with Dundee Caird Hall on 1 February. Further
Big Big Sing Days will also take place in Glasgow on 9 February,
Edinburgh on 16 February and Aberdeen on 8 March. These events welcome
singers of all ages and abilities for a large variety of concerts and
workshops. It is hoped that similar events will take place across the
whole of the UK between February and June, though nothing was confirmed
at time of going to press.
The musical backbone of the programme is
the Big Big Commonwealth
Songbook, a series of online resources featuring music from
around the Commonwealth. Two songs are on the website already - Corrina
Hewat’s newly commissioned One
Song and a traditional Samoan song, L’au Lupe. A further
nine songs from will be added to the Songbook over the coming months.
Songs come with sound files, lyrics and scores, all of which can be
downloaded for free.
Big Big Sing is
working to promote the songs to choirs throughout the Commonwealth, and
they will be heard at singing events including the Big Big BIG Sing in
Glasgow on 27 July. This event will bring together thousands of
singers and special guests at a location in Glasgow for a mass singing
Schools have also been invited to participate
in the Schools’
Songwriting Competition. Pupils may enter either individually or
as a class, and the prize includes having a video of the song made and
the chance to perform the song as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural
Programme. One winning entry will be picked from each of the two
categories (Primary School and Secondary School).
Director of Big Big Sing, Svend
Brown said: ‘We firmly believe two things: one is that anyone can sing and
the other is that the world is divided into those people who sing and
those who do not… yet! Britain is truly blessed in having many amazing
organisations and individuals that are passionate and committed about
singing – and we want to take the opportunity of the Commonwealth Games
year to work with them to champion and boost their work. Everything we
do over the coming months we do with the hope that after 2014 many more
people will sing regularly than did before, and we want to make it as
attractive and easy a thing to do as possible.’
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