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The cheer starts here for Braehead school children

Robert Maitland, Digital Commonwealth

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Robert Maitland, tutor for Digital Commonwealth Creative Voices, explains how the project is getting children in South Ayrshire involved in creating and performing songs.

I have been working with P6 children from Braehead Primary School in South Ayrshire to compose a new song for the Commonwealth Games. I am thrilled for the children as the song created, called “The Cheer Starts Here”, has been chosen to be performed at The Big Big Sing event in Glasgow Green on 27 July.
The project is part of Digital Commonwealth Creative Voices, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Media Trust. We held an initial songwriting workshop on 18 March at the University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr campus where eight primary six pupils came along to learn about the structure of songs and began to create “The Cheer Starts Here”. From this I was able to prepare an arrangement for the children to record their vocals to the following day. 
On the 6 June BBC Radio Scotland announced the ‘The Cheer Starts Here’ as runner-up in the national competition to perform at the Big Big Sing event in July. 
In addition, the whole class performed the song on the main stage at the Queen’s Baton Relay at Low Green, Ayr on 20 June. They were so excited and happy to meet ‘Clyde’ the official mascot of the 2014 games and perform to the large, appreciative audience. 
The Cheer Starts Here has made quite a mark on the whole community with further events planned. It will be released on iTunes on 20 July with proceeds initially going to Ayrshire Sportsability, a charity which aims to support education and training opportunities to allow young disabled people to take part in mainstream sports.