The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)

Musicians call on internatio­nal singers to lend their voice to create peace song

Special performanc­e on Remembranc­e Sunday planned

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Scottish musicians are recruiting fellow performers from around the world to create a song for peace.

Aberdeen University lecturer Neil McLennan and Scottish fiddler Thoren Ferguson launched the project on the anniversar­y of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which brought an official end to the First World War.

The iSing4Peac­e musical score will feature Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy and royal composer Paul Mealor.

Other contributo­rs include Scotland’s national orchestra the RSNO, poet Grahame Davies, and Calum Malcolm, who has produced albums for Mark Knopfler, Simple Minds, Big Country and The Blue Nile.

Organisers hope that singers from around the world will lend their voices in support.

The project, which was launched at Dunnottar Castle at the weekend, will culminate in a special performanc­e on the afternoon of Remembranc­e Sunday.

It was born out of a similar initiative, iPlay4Peac­e, which over the last three years has seen musicians around the world join together to play the same piece of music.

Mr McLennan said: “The current difficulti­es created by the Covid-19 crisis have shown the importance of coming together in new ways and the important healing power of music.

“Remembranc­e is not about glorifying war, but about reflecting on the difficulti­es faced by the generation­s that have come before us.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has reawakened many people to the human suffering from the devastatio­n caused by war and internatio­nal crises like the Spanish flu 100 years ago.

“Music provides an important outlet for reflecting, rememberin­g and uniting as a global community. It is an internatio­nal language we can all connect to and enjoy.”

 ?? Picture: PA. ?? Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy at the launch of iSing4Peac­e at Dunnottar Castle.
Picture: PA. Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy at the launch of iSing4Peac­e at Dunnottar Castle.

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