SINGING together is proving instrumental in helping our community cope with lockdown.
And it is going a long way to lifting people’s spirits thanks to a community-based orchestra.
Govan’s own orchestra known as The Glasgow Barons has been running hugely-popular music sessions to entertain shoppers and passers-by at Govan Cross each Wednesday.
Now members of the community are participating in online singalong sessions and one-to-one coaching to beat the lockdown blues.
It is being paid for thanks to Scottish Government funding distributed locally by the three local housing associations – ourselves here at Elderpark Housing working with LInthouse and Govan housing associations along with regeneration group Govan Thriving Place.
“The Govan Glee Club” delivers 30 minute one-to-one coaching to help individuals learn favourite show choir songs.
“The Linties” is a weekly singalong of old standards and classic tunes – particularly popular with older people.
Both are free and provided via the Zoom communications platform to comply with current social distancing rules. They are delivered by Govan resident Paul MacAlindin – Artistic Director of The Glasgow Barons.
Interestingly, the Glasgow Barons takes its name from the shipbuilding barons who presided over Govan’s world- beating maritime industrial prowess.
Paul said: “Music has widely recognised therapeutic values and the money we have received will help people enjoy music more – especially during the ongoing health emergency.
“The Linties and The Govan Glee Club are important ways of encouraging people to enjoy music.”