Thu 12 Mar 2015 | 7-9pm | Suggested donation £3
Initially started as a fun way to get people together to sing some decent tunes, so far they’ve put their own spin on tracks by Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lily Allen, Erasure and Gossip, and performed in venues from The Arches to the City Chambers to T in the Park 2011 as Beyonce‘s support act (well, kind of…)
Fancy getting involved?
Here are the answers to a few FAQs:
- Rehearsals take place every Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm, here at The Arches in our downstairs Practice Room.
- The choir is fully accessible, open to all and attended by a healthy number of energetic and wonderful people who love to be expressive with their voices. There are no auditions to get it- your are welcome to join any time.
- The choir is led by artists Eilidh MacAskill and Matt Regan, who are both very musically minded, highly skilled and a dab hand at multiple instruments.
- There is no set song style and the choir are happy to try anything, always adding their own twists.
- The remit is extremely relaxed and full of good humour, with a firm emphasis on fun. The group have developed and grown over the years and ages range from 18 to 40+.
- The choir is not geared for professional singers, but rather peopled by those with a love of letting go and feeling part of a creative group, empowered by what they sing.
- The sessions happen every Thursday and, while there is no set commitment, the more you can come to, the better your experience will be.
- A weekly donation of £3 is suggested for joining the choir- this is to pay for Eilidh and Matt’s time and for props and costumes. Please check out our Arches Community Choir DONATE page, where you can contribute at any time.
If you have any further questions, please email Jodie@thearches.co.uk or call her on 0141 565 1011 (Tuesday – Thursday).
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”