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£1,725
raised of £1,000 target by 57 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,725 to Help to provide funds for Ayr Choral Union to have a successful season and continue singing next year.

    Funded on Tuesday, 20th July 2021

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    From Live Performance to Singing Online has meant the survival of one of the oldest amateur choirs in Scotland.

    The Covid Pandemic has affected singing more than other activities and choirs which had to stop live singing immediately in March 2020 will be the last organisations to be able to return to normal. Ayr Choral Union with the help of their enthusiastic Music Director, Andy McTaggart, were able to continue singing by producing a series of online rehearsals and concerts throughout the pandemic , including Messiah, Christmas related sessions and a Spring series .

    Rehearsals and live concerts by the choir, as pictured above, were immediately stopped. This could have had a major effect on the choir and its members. While singing is most important there is a major social aspect to the choir and for many members, some of whom are elderly, the loss of this interaction would have been very difficult. Singing is well recognised to improve both physical and mental well being and by moving the choir's activities online it has been possible to maintain social interaction and reduce social isolation for many members, some of whom were shielding. The vast majority of singers embraced the new way of singing and were assisted with the new technology when required. The online sessions have attracted guest singers from many parts of the country and the feedback the Choral Union has received has been excellent.

    The main income of the choir comes from live concert receipts. This has been lost in past year and the choir has relied on membership fees, guest fees, some friends' subscriptions, donations and limited external funding. This did not cover the expenditure and I know that the choir has had to use its reserves to cover the deficit.

    I am not a singer myself but have been a big supporter of the choir for many years and have enjoyed many of their concerts. In this difficult year and having been the interim Treasurer of the Choral Union I wish to support them as much as possible.

    Ayr Choral Union is a registered charity which supports choral singing in all age groups and regularly runs concerts and "Come and Sing Events" to attract younger singers. All the money raised through this page will be donated to Ayr Choral Union to allow the choir to continue in the future, hopefully singing in live venues, or to continue their very successful online venture.

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      Supporters

      57

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        Apr 9, 2021

        Excellent concert, thanks

        £30.00

      • Pat Hope

        Pat Hope

        Apr 7, 2021

        Looking forward to getting together as a choir.

        £40.00

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        Mar 31, 2021

        £75.00

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        Mar 30, 2021

        £40.00

      • Fiona McCulloch

        Fiona McCulloch

        Mar 30, 2021

        Really enjoyed singing with you all. Thanks.

        £40.00

      • The Akehurst Family

        The Akehurst Family

        Mar 30, 2021

        Thank you for an enjoyable spring concert. Keep up the good work!

      • Mitchum & Roise

        Mitchum & Roise

        Mar 30, 2021

        Great effort Andy + team!!

        £50.00

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      Paul Wilson

      Paul Wilson

      I am Interim Treasurer of Ayr Choral Union and being an enthusiastic supporter of live musical performance wish to raise funds for the choir in what has been a very difficult year.

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