Big Big Sing is one of the biggest and most inclusive projects running throughout Culture and Festival 2014. This UK-wide celebration of singing aims to inspire thousands of people to start singing for fun, enjoyment and for their wellbeing.
Big Big Sing includes a series of Big Big Sing Days, the creation of the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, and a Schools' Songwriting Competition.
Big Big Sing Days will be held across the country between February and July, welcoming participants of all ages and abilities to discover the joy of singing in some of the UK's top music venues. No previous experience is required, singers can simply go along and enjoy a fun-filled day packed with singing, workshops and a huge variety of music from across the Commonwealth.
The first Big Big Sing Days will be:
- Saturday 1 February 2014 at Dundee Caird Hall
- Sunday 9 February 2014 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
- Sunday 16 February 2014 at Edinburgh Usher Hall
- Saturday 8 March 2014 at Aberdeen Music Hall
One of the highlights of the programme is the Big Big Commonwealth Songbook, which opens with a newly commissioned work from Scotland – Corrina Hewat's 'One Song' – and a traditional Samoan song, L'au Lupe. A further nine songs from around the Commonwealth will be added to the Songbook over the coming months, in the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Big Big Sing is working to promote the songs to choirs throughout the Commonwealth, and they will be heard at singing events throughout the year, becoming an unofficial soundtrack for the Games!
Schools have also been invited to celebrate the XX Commonwealth Games by writing their own songs in the Schools' Songwriting Competition.
Big Big Sing will play its part in Festival 2014 at Games Time, bringing the Host City to life through song, and culminating the Big Big BIG Sing as part of Festival 2014 in July, a mass participation singing event like no other. Look out for details when the Festival 2014 programme is announced in April.
To find out more, visit www.bigbigsing.org