Scotland welcomes the Olympic Torch with a Summer of Song

Scotland will burst into song as the Olympic Torch weaves its way across the country from 8th to 14th June 2012, before a final visit on 21 June.

Singing a mixture of local favourites, new commissions, anthems, pop songs or traditional music, each community will unite to celebrate in song the values of the Olympic Torch: peace, unity and friendship.

Community choirs and new or existing singing ensembles will welcome members young and old to perform at key points on the Torch’s route across Scotland. Singers will be recruited from professional or amateur backgrounds and each choir hopes that many new members will continue to enjoy singing collectively long after the Torch has left town.

Creative Scotland and local authorities are backing Summer of Song with investment of £200,000. Creative Scotland has also commissioned artist Roddy Buchanan to capture the Summer of Song on film to create a lasting chronicle of the people, landscapes and cities that the Torch Relay will be part of during June 2012.

A taste of the plans for Scotland’s Summer of Song include:

• A specially-created Moray ‘High’ Choir will welcome the Torch at Tomintoul, the highest village in Scotland on the Torch route.

• Musician Dougie MacLean will create a song that will feature in a singing relay across Perth and Kinross – and will feature on Radio Tay.

• In Rutherglen, a massed choir will sing well known pop songs, including Katy Perry’s Firework as the Torch arrives in the town’s Main Street.

• Schoolchildren in Shetland will perform a song written in Shetland dialect on the theme of ‘Light and Flame’.

• Composer Kenneth Dempster will present Rising Wave which will bring together Aberdeen’s choirs in song that celebrates the regions people, culture, dialects and connections with the sea.

Summer of Sing takes place during the Year of Creative Scotland.

Find out more about the Olympic Torch Relay in Scotland.

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