After a week of drizzle, the sun came out on Saturday for Firth Park’s summer Big Sing! with 140 people of all ages coming together to sing songs by ABBA, Elvis and other timeless favourites. A band made up of accordion, double bass, guitar and ukulele supported the singing and there was even a spot of dancing and fancy dress too. Words like ‘magical’, ‘joyous’ and ‘brilliant’ were on the tips of people’s tongues to describe their afternoon.
Firth Park singing group decided to keep meeting throughout much of the pandemic with a few breaks. We got awning installed on the outside of the pavilion we used to meet inside, which gave us a little shelter from light rain… and then kept going outside throughout the winter months, which meant cold hands for this community musician!
On the afternoon of Saturday 8th February, members of the Firth Park singing group hosted their first ever BIG SING! event at the Clock Tower on Firth Park Road with the support from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Robin Grey, member of the Community Music Co-operative talks about his recent experience setting up a new singing project in Firth Park, north Sheffield.
Last year I was approached about the possibility of running a singing club for over 50s by the local ‘Friends of Firth Park‘ user group in collaboration with Drink Wise, Age Well, a national campaign that helps people make healthier choices about their drinking as they age.