Fri 1 Aug 2014
The Arches Community Choir is a vibrant, eclectic and inspiring community made up of people from all over Glasgow with a passion for music, meeting people and fun.
Once a week the choir finds its home within the walls of the Arches Theatre for an evening of musical mash-ups led by professional artists Eilidh Macaskill and Matt Regan.
We grabbed 5 minutes with Matt.
So, what is the Arches Community Choir all about?
Em… Fun and singing! Creating an inclusive environment. And singing together!
Who are the Arches Community Choir?
Anyone is totally welcome. For the longest time it was mostly women around 20-50 years of age, mostly interested in the arts. But now we nearly have equal amount men and women. It’s a varied crowd from all sorts of backgrounds, but all friendly.
Where have you performed?
We’ve performed at too many to remember… T in the Park twice, Refugee Week a few times, City Chambers, and lots and lots of community projects and fundraising events.
Why should people join?
Singing is incredibly therapeutic. It’s calming, boosts confidence, creates camaraderie between you and friends, helps your musicality… It’s physically beneficial and helps your mental health.
The choir is kept singing thanks to donations, right? What does this cover?
Eilidh and me (the choir leaders). If we had more we could put it to venue hire, costumes, props…
Anything else we should know?
We’re the best choir in town, that’s all!
No fee is charged for participationin the Arches Community Choir; just a donation is suggested where possible. The choir is a necessary and important community providing an opportunity to build friendships, strengthen confidence and learn new skills. However in these tough economic times the choir is not able to sustain itself on inner donations alone and for this we need help.
You can support the choir by making a donation of £3 or whatever you can spare here.