Choir sings torch song

East Dunbartonshire community choir Brookwood Library
East Dunbartonshire community choir Brookwood Library

SINGERS of all ages and experience formed a community choir to perform More Than an Athlete when the Olympic torch made its journey through Bearsden recently.

The project began with an adult creative writing course in Bearsden’s Kilmardinny House, led by Annette Allison through the arts development adult programme.

They created text and recorded readings which took their inspiration from the ethos of the Olympics and its legacy.

The text created by them was passed on to song writing workshops based in Milngavie Youth Café where pupils from Douglas, Boclair and Bearsden academies - Bernadette Carrie, Genoa Gray, Laura Griffin, Natalie Reid and Paula Templeton - created and recorded a song in workshops led by Jo Mango.

Their creative baton - the lead sheet and recording - was passed over to the next stage at Douglas Academy Music School in Milngavie where talented pupils produced eleven stylish arrangements during workshops with Claire Griffin.

The final song - More Than An Athlete - was chosen in a vote was arranged by Eilidh Duffy, Lucy McCrory and Emma Park.

The Olympic torch was nearly at the end of its route across the length of Britain when it passed along Drymen Road in Bearsden and residents in East Dunbartonshire are still talking about the exciting event which attracted thousands of spectators.

East Dunbartonshire council leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “This was an amazing spectacle with so many people turning out the watch to torch.

“Along the route there were many different types of music being played to welcome the torch. The first being at the Bearsden railway station where there was the pipe band, at Bearsden Primary School the Rock Choir and on the steps of the Brookwood Library a huge choir which included representatives from the Westerton Male Voice Choir, Milngavie Singers, Kelvin Choir and members of the public who have never sung before all adding to the ambience of the event.

“All in all the day was a resounding success with everyone enjoying this historical event.”

The community choir project was funded by Creative Scotland as part of their Summer of Song ‘Relay of Sound’ celebrations.