SoS Music – ALL SING!
For a while, Jen’s had an idea to re-create a ‘Songs of Separation’ type experience, for leaders of community choirs. This was, in part, inspired by working with community singers, both during our week on Eigg, and also at two of our gigs. Seeing the joy and connection between singers, hearing the beauty of the songs when delivered ‘en masse’ with many voices… It was a very special thing for all of us! And Jen really wanted the songs to be heard by many more ears, sung by many more voices, felt by many more hearts.
But to run a big project like Songs of Separation is a huge mission. It demands dedication, resilience and is not for the faint of heart! The time didn’t feel right… until now!
Songs that Connect Us
After the year we’ve just had, separated from our loved ones and our friends, due to Corona Virus, nothing could be better than getting together to sing songs that remind us of our deep connection to one another. As a species, we have a job: to heal the world from a trauma of tragedy, loss, disconnection and to prepare ourselves for a new, post-pandemic world. Maybe these songs can help?
Choir leaders have already been helping, keeping people connected through zoom singing sessions (which are not as rewarding as singing together in person). However, for many people, this has been a vital connection to the outside world during lockdown. It has helped combat social isolation and kept spirits up. Jen wanted to recognise this, and the SoS Music – ALL SING project does just that.
The idea is to take ten inspiring choir leaders on an unforgettable adventure, to another tiny Scottish island, where we will sing arrangements of four of the songs from Songs of Separation. Together, we will put finishing touches to these arrangements, so that the ten choirs find them singable. The choir leaders will sing them, record them as vocal parts (so that choir members who do not read music have a resource), and Jen will finalise scores. These scores will then be available to download, along with the vocal recordings, and the aim will be to share the songs worldwide.
If we can raise enough money, the residential week away will happen in summer 2022, on the Isle of Lismore, where we’ve friends who are musicians and hosts, there is a fantastic film maker, a studio engineer and a warm welcome.
About the Crowd Funding Campaign
About ten days ago, Jen had a chat with Crowdfunder UK who, together with Creative Scotland (Scotland’s leading arts funder), were offering a place in a competition to win a share of £75K funding (split between 20 different arts projects). It’s complicated… but in essence, the sooner we can bring money in, the more likely it is we will get ‘match funding’ from Creative Scotland.
It’s an expensive prospect to run a residential of this nature, and it will only happen with your help! Please have a look at the SoS Music ALL SING Crowdfunder
We have some fun and unexpected rewards! Hope you like them! Sincere thanks for any contribution to making this project happen, ‘supporting people who support people’ and helping to send the songs further afield!
Find out more in the wee homemade film, explaining the SoS Music ALL SING project and how you can help. Many thanks!