Raise your voice for ‘Big Sing’

ARE you interested in singing in one of the biggest choral events ever to take place in Northern Ireland as well as be involved in the London 2012 Festival celebrations in Belfast this summer?

NEST, a large-scale public art project that is part of the London 2012 Festival, is offering choirs and individual singers the opportunity to be part of a community choir as part of a ground-breaking public art event celebrating the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place at the T3 warehouse in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter on 21 July 2012.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, NEST is part of the nationwide ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ programme that is putting art and culture right at the heart of the 2012 Olympic Celebrations.

The organisers are looking for singers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to take part in the community choir, which will perform alongside established choirs from around Northern Ireland and the National Youth Orchestra.

The final choral event will be part of a large-scale visual arts exhibition created by the people of Northern Ireland themselves who have been donating and labelling personal objects since September 2011.

The music is being composed by award-winning Northern Irish composer, Brian Irvine, who will be working with the large community choir in Belfast each Saturday from 2 June from 10am to 1pm until the final event.

Encouraging everyone to get involved in what he’s calling ‘The Big Sing’ Brian Irvine said: “Some 400 plus singers from all parts of Northern Ireland singing together with the 120 superb young musicians of the Ulster Youth Orchestra …now that’s what I call a band! We are looking for people who just really want to sing and in return we guarantee you some hard work, some great music, some new friends, a lot of fun and a big beautiful sound.”

If you are interested in joining the community choir or need more information, contact Project Manager Cathie McKimm on info@2012nest.com or call 07874 023528.  Alternatively contact the Arts and Events Officer at Banbridge District Council on 4066 0622.

Further information on NEST can be found on their website at www.2012nest.com.