Following the success of the event in Bantry Square on World Mental Health Day October last, the next BIG SING! event is scheduled to take place at Emmett Square on Saturday May 7 as part of the Clonakilty Wellness Week. The public will have the opportunity to learn some of the songs on the previous Wednesday when choir leader and coordinator of the project Caz Jeffreys will run a free ‘open’ workshop as part of the programme. However learning the songs in advance is not essential and song sheets will be handed out on the day for all to join in. Local musicians are also being lined up to provide further entertainment on the day.
Since the first BIG SING! event at the Feelgood Festival in Bantry where more than 200 people came together to sing, the West Cork BIG SING! project has grown and continued to bring singing into various locations around West Cork. The project promotes singing as an inclusive activity for community well-being by providing workshops, training and events. It also supports the set up of community choirs, training for groups singing leadership and links with existing choirs through song material and projects and events.
Local community choirs in Ballydehob, Dunmanway, Castletownbere, Kinsale and Ballincollig are preparing for the event and welcome people to come along to their weekly sessions to learn the songs with them.
Any new group who would like to learn the songs and get involved are very welcome and may contact Caz Jeffreys for more information.
Individuals who would like to build on their own skills may like to attend “Leading Groups in Song.” This one day training session will be held in Clonakilty on Saturday March 12. It is suitable for anyone wanting to use singing within a group context. Participants must have a degree of confidence in ‘holding their own’ when singing with others. Places are limited so booking is essential.
Find more details on the project find the West Cork BIG SING! on Facebook or by logging onto www.cazjeffreys.com. For enquiries about the choirs involved in the project and for bookings please email firstname.lastname@example.org