Its aim is to support and promote creative, healthy singing communities across Scotland.
JUL 23 update: Unfortunately, our Creative Scotland extended funding application for the continuation of Love Singing was not successful. This application was to deliver the two year, sector-led national support plan that was widely consulted on with song and choir leaders following the Comfort Of Voices event in Sept 2022. You can still read the plans and tell us your thoughts on this page: Sector Support Plan.
Feedback from the application was very positive and we’ve had a meeting with Creative Scotland’s music officer to talk through our options. We are planning to reapply to the open fund, which is for a smaller amount over a shorter period. Due to holidays over the next few weeks, we’ll work on the application over August and September. We’ll be back in touch with those signed up to the mailing list to seek your thoughts on the shape of a revised plan. You can join the mailing list here if you’d like to be involved in the process.
How Love Singing has developed so far
2021 song commissions
In 2021, we commissioned five songwriters to write new songs in collaboration with five community choirs. Written during the pandemic, the free choir songs were created to be accessible for online teaching and learning, and are accompanied by professionally recorded audio and video resources to support both choir leaders and choir members. Each of the five choirs involved in the project has recorded their own version of the songs which gives a good feel for how they might be interpreted, performed and enjoyed by other choirs.
The feedback received in the choirs application stage and during this project about how isolated and separate from each other community choir and song leaders felt was the catalyst for producing the Comfort Of Voices gathering.
2022 Comfort Of Voices weekend gathering
On Sat 24th and Sun 25th Sept 2022, we hosted Comfort Of Voices, a weekend gathering that took place in Glasgow and online for choir and song leaders at all levels of experience and working in any genre, living or working in Scotland for the benefit of Scottish communities.
Representatives from choirs across the country and national organisations contributed to discussions and delegates sang together, learned from each other and networked with their peers. We discussed suggestions and practical solutions to best ensure sector resilience, future sustainability and growth, and started to explore what could be done at a strategic level to enable this change.
Those conversations and the feedback collected around the weekend has led to the development of the sector support plan mentioned above.
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