A big mass sing to raise money for Wateraid, ‘Scotland sings for Water’ is taking place in Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd July. This involves singing 6 great songs in harmony with about 299 other folk — it should be a great sound!
If you like singing and are interested in taking part, Penny Stone and Jane Lewis from Protest in Harmony will be teaching the songs at 3 sessions in Portobello Community Centre in May and June.
Tuesday 17th May 7.30 — 9.30pm
Wednesday 1st June 7.30 — 9.30pm
Wednesday 22nd June 7.30 — 9.30pm
We will need to ask for a small donation from everyone to cover the cost of the room (it only costs £10 for the 2 hours so is very reasonable)
As you can see from the info below, everyone is welcome to join in, and no, you don’t need to be able to read music! — or to live in Portobello.
If you want to take part you need to register and this costs £5 and includes a learning pack and a CD with parts for all the songs (cheques payable to Band of Song). You can do this by letting me know by email to <email@example.com> by 24th April and sending a cheque to me at 252 (1F2) Portobello High Street, EH15 2AT. I can then obtain the packs from the organisers and hopefully get them to you before 17th May. Please be sure to include your name, address and contact details.
See below for more info. The request is for everyone who is taking part to raise at least £40 for Wateraid. Download the sponsorship form.
Scotland Sings for Water
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Exciting event for singers!
What, Where and When?
Three hundred singers in Scotland will gather in Parliament Square, in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh on 2nd July to Sing for Water.
What is Sing for Water?
Sing for Water raises funds for WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation whose mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.
Is my singing good enough?
If you can sing in the bath you can sing! You don’t need to be able to read music. Everyone is welcome to join in.
How do I participate?
The registration fee is £5 per singer. When you register you will be sent a pack with a learning CD and word sheets for the songs you will sing on 2nd July (along with 299 others!).
Singers taking part will each receive a sponsorship form, because of course its not just about singing! The aim of Scotland Sings for Water is to raise as much money as we can for WaterAid. Each participant will be asked to raise around £40 in sponsorship — more if you can.
You will also receive information about where to go on the day, how to get there, what to bring and everything else you need to know.
Raising money for WaterAid is a great way to give something back to countries whose songs we sing but who have no system of collecting royalties. WaterAid is a hugely effective and efficient charity giving a massive percentage of the money raised back into projects where community involvement is valued and expected. The Sing for Water project was started by composer Helen Chadwick in 2002. Since then almost £500,000 has been raised by singers all over Britain.
What happens on the big day, 2nd July?
All singers will gather from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for a rehearsal at Old St Paul’s Church, Market Street, Edinburgh, located across from the Market Street exit from Waverley Station. After a lunch break we will gather in Parliament Square by St Giles Cathedral in the Royal Mile to sing from 1 pm to about 3.30.
Great fun and good music in a good cause!