Ali Burns is a singer, songwriter and choir director who is heavily involved in the Scotland Sings Project!
“I’m a songwriter and workshop leader based in S.W. Scotland. I write songs then I teach them at harmony singing workshops and perform them with choirs. I also publish the songs and arrangements I write. Many workshops I do are open to the public but I also get invited by existing choirs to go in and work with them – either to teach them new material or to work on vocal quality and technique. I also run workshops on writing work for community choirs.
I’ve always been fascinated by the sound of voices singing: it doesn’t have to be a great voice – in fact quite the opposite – I think I’m inspired just by the fact that people’s voices are so closely connected to themselves and that they are prepared to stand up and sing – this is me – this is what I sound like! And when you put many voices together, the strong support the weak and the whole is such a magnificent thing – so much larger than the sum of the parts.”