The Edinburgh University Music Society strongly believes in the positive role of music in communities, through bringing people together, supporting education and enabling fundraising. Music can foster relationships and inclusivity within communities by providing a means for people to meet and take part in shared activities. In school communities, learning about music is known to have an impact not only on young people’s engagement with the expressive arts, but also on their educational attainment in other areas and health and wellbeing. Finally, music provides a valuable framework within which fundraising can take place.
To bring about this vision, we have three main avenues of work: building links between members of communities both through hands-on musical projects and collaboration with local community centres in Edinburgh; encouraging interest and involvement in classical music directly in schools through our Education Project; and promoting the work of charities with one-off events and carolling. Above all, we love sharing our energy and passion for making music with members of the community who might not otherwise have access to music-making, or to classical music.
For the past few years, EUMS has run several outreach events and projects across communities in Edinburgh. These events have ranged from singing at Southside Community Centre’s annual carol service to our Symphony Orchestra playing at Caird Hall, Dundee in 2017 with 200 school children dancing on stage. During each academic year we also run an ever-expanding Education Project, which in 2019/20 delivered interactive music and science workshops to around 230 children across three schools in Edinburgh.
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