Charity search begins as local choirs invited to ‘Sing Sing Sing’

Left to Right: Laura Pike and Fiona Kennedy

VSA, the social care charity supporting the people of Aberdeen & north-east Scotland, is inviting local choirs to participate in the established ‘Sing Sing Sing’ competition. Local choirs interested in taking part in this spirit-lifting event are invited to join the VSA team at the launch information day this Sunday 18th February at VSA’s Broomhill Activity Centre from 6pm.  

For one night only, Aberdeen’s Music Hall will come alive to the sound of community choirs, hosted by VSA’s Honorary President Fiona Kennedy OBE. Singers of all abilities are invited to practise two songs for three months, supported by VSA, culminating in a single performance – the ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ finale where the winning choir will be crowned. The prestigious judges who will decide on the winning choir include Paul Mealor – Royal composer, Craig Wilson – The Kilted Chef, Lisa Milne – a recognised Scottish soprano from Aberdeen and Kevin Kyle – Director of Aberdeen City Music School. Over the years the event has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity.

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Renowned Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy has supported VSA for over 30 years, has been a Chair and is now an active Honorary President of VSA. Fiona now serves as Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for her charitable work and music.

The choirs will be supported by Fiona Kennedy, alongside Laura Pike. Laura graduated from the Northern College of Education in Aberdeen with a Bachelor in Music Education (Hons.), and won the Margaret Rutherford Scholarship to study at Mountview Theatre London, majoring in Musical Theatre. She was lucky enough to fall straight into the role of ‘Phyllis Dicks’ in Hamish Macbeth after graduating from Mountview, then ‘Liza’ in the Bondagers and BBC’s Casualty. Today, Laura continues to direct, MD and perform professionally. Over the last 20 years, she has helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds for many organisations in Scotland and the North-East.

Talking of the event, Fiona Kennedy OBE commented: “It’s very exciting for both Laura Pike and I to have ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ back at the wonderful Music Hall in May. It’s a joyful night, but also for all the choirs and singers, a great fun experience whether they have sung in public, or just in the shower before – all are welcome to join in. It’s also so important to raise awareness for those who suffer from mental health challenges and how singing and music can help to turn things around.”

Holly Leiper, Head of Communications and Fundraising at VSA, said: “Who better than Fiona and Laura to spearhead and drive the Sing, Sing, Sing event in aid of VSA. It will be an evening not to be missed with all the money raised supporting VSA and the services that we provide throughout the city. It is thanks to the huge success of events like Sing, Sing, Sing that we can continue to offer local people the support they require to enable them to lead the very best of lives. 

Holly continued: “For more than 150 years, VSA has been an essential source of care and support for the North-East of Scotland. Our unwavering commitment to meeting the changing needs of the community drives us to provide a broad range of health and social care services that promote the physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being of every individual we care for. Despite the tremendous challenges that a child, or an adult, can face it is amazing to see that by providing the right support, care, experiences, and opportunities how much a life can change. Our work has always depended on the generosity of our amazing supporters. We look forward to welcoming all of the local choirs and those interested in the competition to our launch event this weekend.”

For further information on the Sing Sing Sing event and to find out more contact[email protected]

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