Singing social enterprise launches initiative to enhance social connection during COVID-19 pandemic.

As the country settles in to the third week of lockdown, many across the UK will be feeling a sense of loneliness or ‘isolation blues’ as they come to terms with fewer social interactions than they would usually enjoy. In a bid to combat this, singing community interest company Shared Harmonies has launched ‘Our Song’, an initiative to connect people across the UK.

Our Song’ allows those taking part will help build and compose a song about the meaning of connection. During this week and next week the team at Shared Harmonies is setting a series of daily challenges inviting members of the public to share what connection means to them via email or social media in the form of words or images.

These words or images will help frame the song and lyrics and later this month the public will get the opportunity to vote for the draft lyrics the Shared Harmonies team have composed. Once the final song has been created, members of the public will be invited to take part in recording of ‘Our Song’ in a big community sing-along.

Emma Baylin, director of Shared Harmonies, comments: “We are experiencing challenging times at the moment and we wanted to do something to allow people to feel a connection to others while they are at home.

 

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Welcome to OUR SONG In light of the current Coronavirus Pandemic, social connection has never been so important. Our social lives have been put on hold and for most of us, there’s a serious case of the ‘Isolation Blues’. To help beat these blues, Shared Harmonies CIC are excited to be launching a new interactive project where those taking part will help build and compose a song about the meaning of connection. Once written you will have the opportunity to take part in a big community sing along. We will set you a series of daily challenges which will help frame the song and lyrics. Once the Shared Harmonies team have put all your valuable input together, you will receive your part to learn ready for the big community sing along! There are a number of ways you can get involved; • Contribute lyrics • Contribute ideas • Contribute pictures • Help decide on style & tempo • Learn and sing a part • Share with others You can join in all or just one part of the project – it’s up to you. We need your help to get others involved too- parents, grandparents, children, we want to hear from everyone! To get involved, please head to our Facebook page where a majority of the challenge will be shared. There will be some bits you can get involved in here on Instagram. If you or someone you have invited are not on social media you can still join in. Just send us your email address to oursong@sharedharmonies.co.uk and we will email you the daily challenges. Full T&Cs for Our Song are available on our website. #OurSongSharedHarmonies

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We know from the workshops we run with vulnerable members of the community that singing can help improve your mood, evokes feelings of happiness and help you connect with others, so we decided to create ‘Our Song’ to get the community involved and lift spirits.

The response from the public has been fantastic so far and we encourage people of any age or musical ability to get involved. We are very much looking forward to seeing how the project progresses.

The opportunity to become involved in the project is still open, email: oursong@sharedharmonies.co.uk

The above article by Nigel Barlow first published on aboutmanchester.co.uk in Apr, 2020.