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‘I loved working with and talking to older people’ – Ensemble member William, 12

By Ellen Thomson at

A music project is bridging the generation gap in Glasgow.

People young and old have been coming together to sing and write original music.

The Intergenerational Ensemble has been making music in Knightswood with the help of professional musicians.

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People young and old have been coming together to sing and write original music. Photo: Gibson Digital 2020.

The project is run by care provider Loretto Care with funding from Creative Scotland.

The oldest person taking part was GHA tenant Charlotte Boyce, from Knightswood, who is 78.

She said: “I have never done anything like this before, but I love singing.

“I got involved because I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before.

‘Feel good’

“I enjoyed taking part, having fun and meeting people.

“Taking part made me feel good. Everyone enjoyed it – young and old together.”

The youngest person in the project was 12 year old William Moir, who also lives in Knightswood.

He came along with his mum, Simone.

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William Moir and GHA tenant Charlotte Boyce. Photo credit: Gibson Digital 2020.

He said: “I didn’t want to do it at first. My mum was dragging me along.

“The next day I was practically dragging her there.

“The atmosphere was terrific. It was very relaxed.

“I have never done anything like this before, but it made me feel excited.

“I loved working with and talking to older people. They are the only generation I like.”

The Ensemble joins up professional musicians with people from different communities to write and record original music.

Since it launched in 2016, participants have seen their work performed live on stage and played on national radio.

At Christmas, the Ensemble also performed at Social Bite’s World’s Big Sleep Out in Edinburgh.

Loretto Care’s Knightswood Connects group worked with Kingsway Court Health and Wellbeing Centre to put on a five-week block of songwriting workshops.

 

“I have never done anything like this before, but it made me feel excited.

“I loved working with and talking to older people. They are the only generation I like”

William Moir, 12

 

Participants used a series of photographs to kick start discussion about what older and younger people have in common.

Musicians Donna Maciocia, Clare McBrien, Jamie Scott and Lucy Cathcart-Froden helped people create an original song, ‘Invisible Lines’ which explores the life and stories of an older person.

The song was premiered in a live concert in GHA’s community room at 290 Lincoln Avenue, in front of an audience of more than 40 people from the local community.

Loretto Care is part of Wheatley Group, Scotland’s leading housing, property management and care organisation.

Loretto Care’s managing director Laura Pluck said: “The Ensemble is a fantastic project that is breaking down barriers.

‘Thrilled’

“People told us how much fun the process was, how much they learned about music and songwriting and enjoyed meeting new people and learning new musical skills.

“We are thrilled to have received funding to run this project for another year and are very grateful to Creative Scotland for making this possible.”

Loretto Care’s community engagement co-ordinator at Knightswood Connects, Ann Harvey said: “The past five weeks have seen lots of fun and collaboration.

“The final session was very uplifting with every single person contributing musically to the final piece of music.”