Beat the January blues by singing out loud

What better way to beat the January blues that to sing from the top of your voice?

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust has organised a Day of Singing on Saturday, January 24, as part of East Dunbartonshire’s Youth Music Forum.

The event will bring together the finest voices in the area with acclaimed RSNO chorus master and artistic director for the National Youth Choir, Christopher Bell, leading the celebration in New Kilpatrick Church in Bearsden.

Scott Hill, Chair of EDLC Trust, said: “Calling all choirs, young people and adults who love to sing! Come along and join us for a mass choral event with Christopher Bell. We want as many people as possible to join us – you don’t have to be a professional, just have a love of singing. If you don’t want to sing but would like to listen you can join us for the afternoon.

“There will be plenty opportunity to practise too, as many local choirs are having rehearsals throughout January, which people are welcome to join in. Songs in the programme include ‘End of the Day from Les Miserables, Irish Blessing by Bob Chilcott and O Fortuna by Carmina Burana, so there really is something for everyone.”

The following choirs will be holding rehearsals over January if you would like to join rehearsals please contact your local choir by telephone or email:

Bearsden Choir, in New Kilpatrick Church at 7.30pm each Wednesday: Kay Scruton by telephone on 01389 877 513

Kirkintilloch Ladies Choir, in the Park Centre, Kirkintilloch at 7.15pm each Monday: kirkyladies.choir@gmail.com

Kelvin Choir, in St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden at 7.30pm each Tuesday: Jane Hanley by telephone on 0780 486 4240

Westerton Male Voice Choir in Westerton Parish Church, at 7.30pm each Tuesday:bryanmarshall@westertonmalechoir.co.uk

The Day of Singing will run from 10am-3pm, and is open to the public to come along and listen from 1-3pm. Participating school choirs include Bishopbriggs Academy, Boclair Academy, St Ninian’s High School and Kelvinside Academy.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, added: “This promises to be a wonderful day and just what we all need in January. I hope as many people as possible come along and make this a fantastic event.”

This opportunity is kindly supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Fund.