Sing Me A New Song

Sing Me A New Song

A film by Basharat Khan

During summer 2015 Glasgow community choir, Voicebeat, took part in a songwriting project inspired by the heritage of The Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre.
Voicebeat is made up of a diverse group of people who explore the history of Glasgow and their connection with it.
This film follows the choir’s song-writing journey as they work with professional musicians Robyn Stapleton, Claire Hastings & Alistair Paterson to perform at a special event at Kelvingrove Park on the 24th July 2015.

Sing Me A New Song was made possible through Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and was delivered in partnership with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Glasgow Life.

“The project highlights the regeneration of the much loved Kelvingrove Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park,” explains Claire, who took part in songwriting sessions with Voicebeat, a world music community choir based in Glasgow’s West End.

“It was a hub of music and activity for the last century until it fell into disrepair in the 1990s,” says Claire, describing the much loved landmark which hosted concerts by Wet Wet Wet and Simple Minds in its 1980s heydey, as well as political rallies, country dancing sessions and ‘punk picnics’. Since reopening last year, there have been many concerts and events held there, including Belle & Sebastian as part of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

“Our project was to write new songs based on the bandstand,” says Claire. “It has been going incredibly well considering the time-scale, and songwriting seems to be a hidden talent for many of the group!

Tony Irwin, chair of Voicebeat choir, says the project has been “terrific”, and has introduced the choir to the process of songwriting, something they didn’t previously know very much about.