Sing for Water (Scotland) Choir Saturday 15th June 2019
Come and join us with your Choir, as an individual singer or as a group of singing friends and be part of our Sing for Water (Scotland) Choir raising money for Water Aid. As part of Sing for Water choirs and singers learn 6 songs separately and then come together for one big massed choir performance day.
This year, the big day will be Saturday 15th June 2019 and our performances will be outdoors in Edinburgh City Centre – following an incredible indoor experience where we’ll start the day with a short rehearsal and a 30min sing-through in St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Wow!
The music for the day has been chosen by community composer and choir leader Ali Burns who will lead the Sing for Water Choir, assisted by Bill Henderson. Sheet music, lyrics, learning notes and sound files are all available to download after you Register. (See below for newly announced rehearsals – open to all registered singers.)
To secure your place in the Sing for Water Choir, please register here . Registration costs £10 per singer. If you are unable to pay this amount but would like to sing at with us, we have some free places available so just get in touch with Rachel and she will help you. We’d love to have you with us.
The registration fee covers the cost of the organisation of the day, including venue hire, public liability insurance, administration, music licences where appropriate and transport between singing sites for those with mobility issues. All surplus funds will be added to our street collections and sent to WaterAid, so you can see it as the first part of your WaterAid donation. Register to be part of this amazing community singing event.
We’re asking each singer to aim to raise £40 (or more) in sponsorship from their family and friends. All the funds will go towards WaterAid’s vital projects reaching some of the world’s poorest communities with safe water, taps and toilets. To date, Sing for Water events have raised over £1 million for WaterAid projects in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, India, Timor-Leste, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Visit the WaterAid website to download a Fundraising Guide and Sponsorship Form.
If you’d like to support the event by making a donation you can do so on our JustGiving page. Thank you.
Learning the Music with Others
We provide you with all the resources you need to be able to learn the music independently, but we all know how much more fun it can be to sing with others. (See below for newly announced rehearsals – open to all registered singers.)
Why not set up a couple of rehearsals for some of your choir pals to join in if your whole choir isn’t learning the material.
Or if you’re not in a choir but you have a few pals who love to sing when the opportunity arises, Sing for Water Scotland is a GREAT opportunity! Not only for a fabulous day in Edinburgh, singing in amazing settings but also for an opportunity to get together before hand for sociable joint rehearsals.
If you’re coming as an individual and you’d like us to put you in touch with other people in your area who have registered to Sing for Water, please see the appropriate box on the Registration Form and add the first part of your post code (eg. EH21, IV24), so we know where you are. There may be opportunities for travelling as well as rehearsing together. (Note: we will put you in touch, ONLY if you give us permission, and the rehearsals and logistics will be up to you.)
Register here to join us in Singing for Water Scotland.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. FAQs – On the day – Saturday 15th June 2019
What will happen on the day?
We’ll meet at St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – you can find a map on this page. Aim to arrive at 10a.m. There will be a short warm-up and rehearsal from 10.15 to 11a.m followed by a sing through of all the songs (finishing 11.30).
It’s important that everyone attends this rehearsal to get used to singing together as a choir.
We’ll then go outside to sing in Parliament Square, next to St Giles’ from 12noon (for 30-40mins) before taking a lunch break and re-gathering on the steps outside the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers St at 1.30pm (for 30-40mins).
Although this is only a 5 minute walk away from St Giles’, we’ll provide transport for those with mobility issues. We’ll sing in the Grassmarket from 2.40pm and the same transport offer will apply. The formal part of the day will end around 3pm.
What should I wear?
Water colours: blue, turquoise, white, green or purple.
What should I bring?
Sunscreen; water; a packed lunch; discreet song word reminders if you rely on them.
Bring as little with you as you can, as you’ll need to carry it with you for the day. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and dress accordingly – remembering that it’s Scotland, so it could change quickly. There are many eating and drinking opportunities in the city centre, but you may prefer to bring your own lunch.
What if it rains on the day?
We’ll get a bit wet! Dress accordingly and hopefully, at worst, it’ll be a short shower. We’re singing for water after all so we’ll keep smiling and sing on!
I’ll have luggage with me – where can I leave it?
There are luggage lockers in the main hall of the Bus Station which are reasonably priced; some available at Waverley Station too, but much pricier.
2. FAQs – Music & Learning
I can’t find the music.
The link to access the music files is in the confirmation email you’ll receive after registering
The music is in a DropBox folder, but you don’t need a DropBox account to access it, just download it to your pc, laptop, tablet or smartphone and listen and learn. NB. Look out for the Song Notes document, containing learning notes for all the songs!
Which part should I learn?
The files are labelled as SATB, following the usual Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass convention.
The parts sit comfortably mid-range within each section, so if you usually sing Alto and fancy a change, you may well be able to sing the Soprano or Tenor part. The soprano parts are not high. Have a listen to the files and choose one you can sing along with comfortably, without straining your voice.
When you’ve found one you can sing comfortably, say, the Tenor part in one song, you can be fairly sure that you’ll be able to sing the Tenor line for each song, so go ahead and download the Tenor sound files.
NB. There are often more Altos than any other part, so if you normally sing Alto but can sing lower, consider learning the Tenor parts.
If I find one song too difficult, what should I do?
You’re free to sit out if you find one or two of the songs too challenging. Just concentrate on the songs you can manage. However, it may be worth listening to the other parts of that song, as you might find a different part easier than the one you’ve chosen – that way you will still be able to participate in all 6 songs.
Can I sing different parts in different songs?
You can; it will mean you moving around on the day from section to section, so it’s easier to be rooted in one part, but by no means mandatory.
I don’t do “technology” – what should I do with the MP3 files?
We’re at the stage now where it’s handy to have a toddler or youngster to keep us right with the technology but if getting help to download the Sound files is not possible, contact Rachel with your full name and address details and she’ll get a CD sent to you.
Do I have to go to rehearsals?
The only compulsory rehearsal is on Performance Day, Sat 15th June, in St Giles’ Cathedral at 10.15a.m.
We’ve just organised a couple of Open Rehearsals which will be lead by Ali Burns and are free to attend for all registered singers:
Saturday 25th May, 2 – 5pm (doors open 1.45)
Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
Sunday 9th June, 12 – 3pm (Kettle on from 11.30 – bring a packed lunch)
Strathblane Village Hall, 20-22 Glasgow Road, Blanefield, G63 9BP
We’ll contact you nearer the time to get your response to this so we’ll know how many people to expect at each rehearsal.
If you’re close to Forres, Morayshire, you can attend Thursday evening rehearsals with Forres Big Choir from Thu 23rd May. These will be lead by Bill Henderson.
Unless you’re part of a choir and your Choir Leader is teaching you the songs, the only other rehearsals will be ones you organise for yourself (and geographically close singers). You’re expected to be able to sing the songs without paper/notes (apart from the occasional, discreet cheat-sheet), so the more rehearsing you do, the better.
3. FAQs – Registration etc
Can I come on my own?
Of course! The learning resources are designed to enable people to learn individually.
If you’d like us to put you in touch with other people in your area who have registered to Sing for Water, please see the appropriate box on the Registration Form and add the first part of your post code (eg. EH21, IV24), so we know where you are.
There may be opportunities for travelling as well as rehearsing together. (Note: we will put you in touch, ONLY if you give us permission, and the rehearsals and logistics will be up to you. Sing for Water Scotland holds no responsibility for any rehearsals or arrangements made thereafter.)
Can I register my friends too?
Yes, you can register 4 people at a time.
How much does it cost?
To register to be part of Sing for Water Scotland will cost you £10. However, if you can’t afford this, don’t worry, as we have a number of free places available. Just contact Rachel and she will help you.
Can I send you a cheque for registration?
If you can pay electronically it’s easier and more cost effective for us, but if you want to send a cheque please contact Rachel and she’ll send you the required details.
Can I get a refund, as I can’t come anymore?
Your registration is non-refundable and will be donated to WaterAid but if you’d like to pass your place to someone else you know, please send details (name and email address) of the person who will take your place to Sing for Water Scotland and we will amend your registration.
4. FAQs – Sponsorship Money
How much sponsorship should I raise?
Please aim to raise a minimum of £40 from your family and friends.
Visit the WaterAid website to download a Fundraising Guide and Sponsorship Form.
What should I do with my sponsorship money?
We’ve set up a page on the JustGiving platform called Sing for Water Scotland. You can use this page to send monies raised from your own fundraising endeavours directly to WaterAid, under the “Sing for Water Scotland” umbrella.
5. FAQs – Social Media
Do you have any Social Media presence to share or to keep us up to date?
Yes, we’d love you to like and share our Facebook event called Sing for Water Scotland.
You can also keep up to date after registering, by joining our Sing for Water Scotland Members group on Facebook.