A random act of musical kindness
Songs of Separation recently received an intriguing email from a lovely man from the States. This is what he said:
My wife and I have been following SoS, and we’re eagerly awaiting your CD. However, it’s not likely we’ll be able to cross the ocean for one of your gigs, so I had this idea, and if you think it worthwhile, I’ll need help with the logistics. It’s an idea of making a connection where there’s separation.
The idea is that we buy tickets to a gig, to be given to someone deserving, who might otherwise not be able to attend…() perhaps the members of SoS could choose the recipients. I can also think of one or two other remote friends who might want to do this, and if they tell two friends, and so on and so on, we might be able to bring quite a few people in out of the cold. Worth considering? Please let me know.
We were really excited about this idea (it sort of ‘fits’ some of our themes around social capital) and we decided to do an experiment. We wondered if other people would like to buy tickets for someone else to attend the Songs of Separation gig on 24th January 2016, at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow?
How will we do this?
We have approached a brilliant, small organisation, Artlink Central, who work with groups of people who have support needs, enabling them to access high quality arts experiences. They run a range of programmes, co-designed with participants, working alongside professional artists, for children and adults with disabilities, mental health difficulties, people who have dementia and women leaving prison. Artlink Central have agreed to help us offer these tickets to people who would love to come along, and would gain something significant from the experience.
We know the arts can have a profoundly positive impact, and we are profoundly thankful to anyone who chooses to take part in these ‘random acts of musical kindness’. The project is called ‘Save Our Seats’, a play on ‘Songs of Separation’s’ acronym. Thanks for saving a seat for someone else, who will really appreciate it.
How to participate in this random act of kindness – Buying Tickets
The concert will take place at The Mitchell Library, on 24th January 2016. To order tickets for someone to come, you just have to buy them as normal, on the Celtic Connections website. Follow these two special instructions:
- On the ‘booking’ page, please enter the promotional code ‘SOS’ (top right hand of the page, indicated by the red arrow on the image). This allows the box office to know that these tickets are being given to Artlink Central clients
- Please select ‘Venue Collection’, so that the booking office hold the tickets for collection (rather than posting to you)
Thank you for giving someone an enriching and memorable experience, and for being part of the SoS team!