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 Valerie Gage (who also teaches piano in the group learning sessions) which you are welcome to join at any point. We are planning to sing at the SMI concert, but if you are not keen on performing, you are still welcome.
The next dates will be in Farr Hall at 8pm on 15th and 29th June.
First session 29th September
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!
Since November we have had a singing group led by Valerie Gage. We have been sampling a variety of tunes including rounds and different parts. This has been very much enjoyed by those attending. As we near Christmas, some of the tunes have been taking on a more festive theme!
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).
As Valerie Gage has left us to go off to the Antipodes, we have Fiona Bowie coming to lead the group.
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!