5 Places is the core of Red Note’s performing and outreach. Targeting five locations across central Scotland, we aim to properly get to know people in their own neighbourhood at grassroots level, and work with them to bring live music to the heart of their community over three years. The exciting (and scary!) part of the project is that we don’t know what shape the project will take until we meet people in the community and find out what’s going to work for them; so the project may well look completely different in one place compared to another.
At the end of each 3-year 5 Places project we will undertake a series of culminatory events that will see performances and workshops celebrating and giving a public platform to all of the work produced, created and undertaken within that 3-year project.
Our work began in 2017 in Easterhouse, starting with our partnership based at Oakwood Primary School. Here we’ve met and worked with every class in the school, and in addition to performing for them, have worked with them to create their very own Oakwood Songbook (for more on this, see the Songbook project page). We’ve also met Aultmore Park Primary School, Newhills Secondary School, the Daffodil Club, worked with Lochend Community High School, and performed at Shadwick Square shopping centre. We aim to reach out further into the community, working with older community members, people with English as a second/additional language, Cranhill Veterans, nursery age children and their parents/carers and more. This year we’re thrilled to have received Creative Scotland’s Youth Arts Access funding allowing us to continue our work there. Our work with Easterhouse is currently led by composer Brian Irvine, with support from creative musician and Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Fellow Martina Corsini. The next stage of the project will be based on the ideas and voices of Oakwood Primary School’s pupils and their partnered groups from the wider community. We can’t wait to see where the culmination of this project will take us! Watch this space!
In the meantime, in 2019 we began to work in our second ‘Place’, the town of Methil (Fife). In our first years we have worked with Kirkland High School and now Levenmouth Academy, as well as performing for the Connect Club. Despite the pandemic, our lead composer Gareth Williams has been connecting with different groups so far over Zoom and through telephone conference calls. We hoping to be able to get going again with some outdoor in-person meetings very soon.
Finally, we have only started to get to know the community in Ferguslie Park, Paisley. In 2019, we performed for Glencoats PS, for a varied audience in the Tannahill Centre, and at Love St Resource Centre. We’re really looking forward to getting more involved in the local community and finding out how we can collaborate with them.
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