Scottish War Blinded Choir Hits the High Notes of Success

Posted: 06/11/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

The inaugural Scottish War Blinded choir session took place on Friday 31 November 2014 at Howden Park Centre.

Delivered in partnership with West Lothian Arts Council, the project provides an opportunity to bring Linburn Centre and Outreach members of Scottish War Blinded together to participate in the expressive arts.

Scottish War Blinded ChoirThe members, joined also by friends, family and staff from Scottish War Blinded, enjoyed the opportunity to work with vocal tutor Jennifer Craig who provided introductory exercises singing scales, harmonies and musical phrasing.

A World War One commemorative element was added to the session by learning popular songs from the period such as ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’.

The choir finished the session by performing in front of Howden Park Staff who enjoyed the renditions as well as an opportunity to sing along.  

Plans are already in place to begin regular choir sessions in January 2015 and members will choose a repertoire of songs to be performed at Howden Park Theatre in October 2015 as part of Age Scotland’s Luminate festival.

Scottish War Blinded member Jack O’Hare said:

“It’s been a fantastic experience and I was amazed what we achieved in such a short space of time. I am very much looking forward to January.”

Dorothy Brodie said:

“What a fantastic day, I cannot believe the choir just got together today as it sounded like they had been together for ages and even did an impromptu performance to boot. Well done to all involved, roll on January.”

West Lothian Arts Council Officer Len McCaffer said:

“Firstly what a fantastic event on Friday.  I thought that it went really well and everyone at Scottish War Blinded seemed to be having a great time and the impromptu performance was great, certainly the staff from Howden Park who attended loved it.”

The choir is open to Scottish War Blinded members, friends, family and staff. For further information about joining please contact Gary: 0131 229 1456