Open Music Sessions
These sessions are intended to be open to all community members who are interested in playing an instrument/ singing together. Any level of experience is welcome, and if you just want to come to get your music ear in please join us! You will need to bring an instrument or your voice (or your music ear), a stand if you have one, and any music you wish to share with the group. We have keyboards, drums, fiddles and guitars that can be used.
We are open to all genres of music, and will be guided by the preferences of people attending. We are expecting the open music sessions to evolve to suit all community members who wish to attend them.
We currently have a singing group led by Fiona Bowie, which you are welcome to join at any point. We having been practising mainly Scottish songs which Fiona has brought to the group, but we are open to any genre of music.
The next dates will be in Farr Hall at 8pm on 17th, 31st August, 14th and 28th September.
First session 29th September 2016
Six community members came to this first Open Music Session led by Sarah Smith (see section on music facilitators). We started with a rhythm warm up, and then practised a lovely piece of music called 'Farewell to Stromness' with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and tuba. We rounded it all up with a singing canon that Sarah had selected for us.
We had a great mix of abilities and music backgrounds, and had fun making music!
From November to May the singing group was led by Valerie Gage. We now have a new singing group leader in Fiona Bowie. We have been practising mainly Scottish tunes and learning a bit of Gaelic, but we are open to all genres of music.
Although people have not brought instruments on these dates, we very much hope there will be an appetite for some more jamming sessions, and these can run concurrently with the singing group (accompanying or in a separate room).
Community Carol Concert 14th December 2016
We were pleased to be able to sing at the Christmas Carol Concert on 14th December, and eight participants in the open music session singing group performed three Christmas tunes. Not too bad considering we'd only practised them at one open music session before the concert!
Community Concert on 1st April 2017
This was a successful and enjoyable event, with excellent performances from music learners attending the Group Learning Sessions, and with a performance from the singing group. We had a little bit longer to rehearse for this than for the carol concert!