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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 Days, the launch of the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, and a Schools’ Songwriting Competition.


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 performance.     

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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