Raising Voices

Glasgow Royal Concert - New Auditorium
2 Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

All ages welcome.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall has wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities. Access to the building is via the north entrance at Killermont Street.
Community Celebration Families/Young People Music/Dance/Theatre

Join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Refugee Festival Scotland for a special family-friendly concert celebrating the power of a good song!

This concert brings together three unique Glasgow-based choirs with culturally diverse memberships which include New Scot singers and singers from other migrant backgrounds and the wider local community: Joyous Choir (Maryhill), Soloway Choir (Springburn) and Harper African Voice (Govan).

Covering an array of musical styles and traditions, the event will see the choirs performing their most-loved songs accompanied by an 18-piece ensemble from Scotland’s National Orchestra.

Celebrating how singing groups have supported New Scots to flourish in their new homes, this special event will be filled with opportunities for storytelling, sharing, and new connections. Performances will be introduced by poet Tawona Sitholé and feature new musical arrangements by Jon Hargreaves.

Free tickets are available here for anyone for whom the cost of a ticket may be a barrier to attending.

About the choirs

Since 2013, MIN’s Joyous Choir has used singing to support social inclusion, and improve wellbeing, in a welcoming and creative space.

The choir welcomes participants from diverse backgrounds including women who are seeking asylum and refuge in Glasgow, as well as those born and raised in the city. The group shares songs from different cultures, and often sing about themes such as friendship, protest, sisterhood, dreams, freedom and hope.

The Harper African Voice is a Christian worship choir based in Harper Memorial Baptist Church, Glasgow.  The choir was set up over two years ago by Lawrence Jah, with a present membership of nineteen people.

People from various walks of life such as asylum seekers, international students, health sector workers and so forth, constitute membership of the choir.  Membership also comprises individuals from predominantly African backgrounds, with some from other nations. This therefore affirms the inter-cultural composition of the congregation of over 35 nations.

The choir members lead the congregation to worship God in an African style, on the second Sunday of every month.

The Soloway Choir was born in November 2022, when Bozhena Yakymenko gathered a group of Ukrainian women who had recently arrived in Glasgow to sing Christmas carols. The choir has been growing steadily since then, as many other Ukrainians are enthusiastic to join.

Soloway has performed at several charity concerts and was invited to sing at an event organised by AUGB Glasgow in George Square this year to mark the second anniversary since the start of the war. The main goal of Soloway is to encourage everyone and share in a message of solidarity: that there is light at the end of every tunnel and we need to be shoulders for one another.

Image credit: The Joyous Choir, 2023. Photo: Leighanne Evelyn