Make Music Day calls on Scottish musicians to perform Auld Lang Syne

Make Music Day calls on Scottish musicians to perform Auld Lang Syne

Scottish musicians are encouraged to submit their renditions of the classic folk song for a musical collage video

Make Music Day UK is inviting Scottish musicians and singers to join together in a celebratory performance of one of Scotland's most popular folk songs, 'Auld Lang Syne'. The digital participation project is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and has been created in response to challenges as a result of COVID-19. Make Music Day is an annual open invitation which is extended to everyone to make music around the world.

'Make Music Day UK has been developing the presence of this global festival which recurs on the 21st June each year since 2017, and we decided early on in lockdown to divert all our efforts into supporting people to take part online,' said Alison Reeves, the Scotland Development Project Manager for Make Music Day UK. 'There has been a huge outpouring of Scottish music making on social media over the past months, and the Auld Lang Syne project will capture the wealth and diversity of people playing and singing together from their own homes. The song is sung across the world and the message of friendship is perfect for celebrating how music connects us across our community, nationally and globally.'

'Auld Lang Syne' has been specially arranged for the occasion by acclaimed Scottish musician and composer Hamish Napier and popular drummer Cat Myers. The classic Scottish folk song is particularly powerful in these times of social distancing, as the lyrics written by poet Robert Burns acknowledge the importance of friendship and human connection.

'The lockdown has kept so many apart, but this project has been created to bring us together. It was exciting to be asked to create this new arrangement of one of Scotland's most famous songs,' composer Hamish Napier said. 'I've been singing it for as long as I can remember at ceilidhs, weddings and other public gatherings. It only has 5 chords in it: G, A minor, C, D and E minor. You can join in by singing, playing the melody, the chords, drums or bass line. Or get the pots and pans out, dance or juggle. The most important thing is to enjoy getting involved, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the song come to life in the final project video.'

Musicians and singers of all ages, skill levels and musical persuasions are encouraged to submit their rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne' by 5pm on Fri 5 June. The video submissions will be compiled together to create a full musical collage video which will premiere online on Make Music Day on Sun 21 June. Performers are encouraged to share their video performance to their own social channels on Make Music Day using the hashtags #MakeMusicDayScotland and #MakeMusicDayUK.

Sheet music, lyrics and tips on how best to film performances are available to download on the Make Music Day UK website. Most camera phones will be suitable for filming purposes and there is no participation fee. The project also welcomes contributions from people playing home-made instruments and includes links to Bash The Trash's environmental art project, which offers tips about how to create fun instruments from found objects.

Videos for the Auld Lange Syne Project must be submitted by Fri 5 June at 5pm. Make Music Day is on Sun 21 June.

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