As part of my hunt for sources of the words and music that I want to use for Singsational Nottingham!, I was looking at the intoduction page in the Daily Express Songbook at the weekend and I noticed that they talk about massive community singing events which had thousands of participants! I think at this stage I’d settle for a few hundred, but it makes you wonder what could be possible.
Daily Express Songbook
I thought a bit more about using the old community song books too. There is this one and the News Chronicle equivalent is also quite common, but I believe there were probably quite a lot of other ones. For instance, I have a Scottish University Students Song Book on the shelf (and that sounds quite esoteric to me, so it makes me wonder what else must be out there).
I did wonder if we should offer a discount off the ticket price for people who bring an old-style community song book with them, but then I looked at the words of some of the songs and I decided they were rather too politically incorrect to allowed out in todays world!
However, a number of songs that we will use at Singsational Nottingham! are in one of the two main community song books (My bonnie; Ilkley Moor etc.), so it is good to know that we are literally keeping the tradition they represent going.
Members of the congregation at Chilwell Road Methodist Church, where Singsational Nottingham will take place on Saturday April 20th have already started to “warm up” their voices in preparation for a great nights singing. Here they are giving a rousing rendition of “My bonnie lies over the ocean”.
If 20 people are deafening – what will 400 sound like?!
I’ve had a play this afternoon and I think that http://www.singsation.org is actually starting to look like a proper website now 🙂
I’ve been amazed at how easy it is to get something that looks pretty professional. What have I been missing all these years….
There is lots more content to add, but I think you can get a real sense of what the finished website (if a website is ever fully finished) will look like.
Take a look and let me know (there is a feedback form and it may even work!), if the site would make you think about coming along on April 20th?
My foray into social media with Singsation is getting quite exciting. I’ve created a facebook page for the organisation and an event. And I’ve invited some people to come to the event and some are even coming! The only problem I’ve got at the moment is that I’ve actually created two events, one as Chris Bridges and the other as Singsation, invited different people to each and now there are two sets of likes, posts etc. building up. And there isn’t a link between them 😦
So I think I need to delete one of them and re-invite those people to the other one.
Apart from anything else, I get lost moving between all the different identities and events I have (and it’s only four in total)!
I’ve just created a facebook page for Singsation and sent out a load of invites to friends. I’ve asked for their help in creating the first Singsation event, so hopefully they will wade in with a load of excellent suggestions and improvements to my initial ideas for the evenings entertainment. It will be interesting to see whether “crowd writing” (or whatever it would be called) works.
Over the past few years more people than ever have become aware of singing in groups and choirs through watching TV shows such as “The Choir”. But most have not sung with others since they were a youngster at school. So even if they fancy “having a go” they may not feel ready or able to go along and join a choir. Which is a great pity; because they don’t know what they are missing.
Mass singing, whether in a choir, at a wedding or even at a rugby or football match can be an amazing and life afirming experience.
I call the thrill that you experience when you sing together with others a “singsation”. And this blog will record my progress in making that experience a reality for as many people as possible.
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