Choirs from across Perth and Kinross are warming up their voices for a day of song across Perth city centre on Saturday 30 November.
Shoppers and visitors can enjoy ten local singing groups as they follow the Perth Singing Trail from Perth Theatre to Perth Concert Hall taking in St John’s Shopping Centre on the way.
Organised by Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, the Perth Singing Trail is part of Scotland Sings, a nationwide initiative to get the country singing.
Choirs will be performing in the three venues from 10.30am until 3.30pm. As well as enjoying the singing talent, passers-by can get involved by taking part in one of two sing-alongs led by Scottish singer Christine Kydd – the first outside Perth Theatre at 1pm and the second outside Perth Concert Hall at 3.30pm.
Debra Salem, Talent Hub coordinator (Scottish Traditional and Gaelic Music) at Horsecross Arts said:
“Scotland Sings is a great initiative to get the whole of the country singing. The Perth Singing Trail is a fantastic opportunity for choirs from across the area to showcase their skills to the people of Perth and to get everybody singing along and enjoying the joy of song together!”
Participating choirs are the Horsecross Arts run groups - Horsecross, Carse and Leven Voices -, Melody Movers Adults, Perth Gaelic Choir, Just Singin’, Strathearn Singers Ladies Choir, Perth Barbershop Singers, Craigie Community Choir and Michael Ellacott Singers.
And, for the first time, a separate Youth Choir event brings together eight young singing groups to perform in Perth Museum and Art Gallery from 11.20am to 2.35pm.
Free for all to enjoy the Perth Singing Trail starts off at 10.30am at Perth Theatre with Horsecross Voices and continues throughout the day with choirs rotating between the venues culminating in a mass sing-along finale outside Perth Concert Hall at 3.30pm.
Scotland Sings takes place in celebration of St Andrew’s Day, from 29 November until 1 December. It is one of many events that are part of the Event Scotland, Scotland’s Winter Festival. Scotland Sings is the first ever initiative designed to encourage people to get out there and have a sing-a-long and the three-day festival will see a series of singing events spanning the width and breadth of Scotland, in locations including Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow, Cumbernauld and Balerno. People of all ages, backgrounds and vocal talent are being encouraged to get involved, with the aim of getting the whole of Scotland singing and having a great time in the process - whether that is as part of a community group, by yourself or in a band.
Simon Thoumire, creative director of Hands Up for Trad who organise the Scotland Sings event said:
“You don’t need to sound like SuBo to take part – just love to sing and have some fun. The last Scotland Sings Weekend saw over 60 events and 3000 people take part and we hope to beat that this year and what could be more inspiring than doing it over our national holiday weekend.”