Congratulations to Clark Community Choir who have been nominated in The Music Cure – Music and Health Award category. VOTE NOW!
We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about yourself / the choir
We are Generations Singing Together – people aged from 6 to 90 coming together to sing for the good of our own wellbeing and performing free for our community and other charities. There are few organisations where young and old can enjoy each others’ company and learn from each other.
How long has the choir been singing together?
We started the choir as a tribute to local legend, Robert Clark, who died in 2009. He ran a concert party for over 50 years for children and at his funeral, generations of people who had been involved in this, got together and sang his favourite songs. We decided to keep going and opened up membership to all.
What have you/has the choir got planned for the next year?
This weekend, we are singing at the marathon finish – having been asked by the MacMillan Nurses Association. In June, we are singing in a residential home and at the 60th anniversary of our local yacht club. July sees us heavily involved in the local Musselburgh Festival – singing at 4 different venues during the week,August finds us performing in the Edinburgh Fringe and September, October, November, December and January already have bookings from care homes, Rotary fundraising and carolling. We have been invited to Yorkshire next Spring to perform in a charity concert with a male voice choir and are very busy fundraising for this.
What has been the highlight of the choir’s singing journey thus far?
Singing in the Scottish Parliament when we were cited in a publication for Good InterGenerational Practice in 2012.
How does it feel to be nominated in this category?
Very exciting. We sincerely believe that singing is good for your health but the benefits that different generations can gain from each other is beyond measure. We are delighted that our ethos has been recognised in this way.