The Scots Music Group Inspire Project worked in partnership with four organisations (The Bethany Trust, The Rock Trust, The Stafford Centre and Stepping Stones/The Alma Project) to offer opportunities to those affected by issues of homelessness and mental health to take part in traditional music, song, dance and storytelling from May 2010 to July 2011. It was funded by Creative Scotland, The Robertson Trust, Corstorphine Rotary Club, donations of both money and instruments, and considerable in-kind support.
The project worked with 89 individuals during 166 group sessions and 343 individual/small group sessions. This culminated in a sell-out showcase concert held as part of the Leith Festival in June 2011 and co-ordinated by Artistic Director Amy Geddes, which was hailed by audience members as “totally inspirational” and “very moving”.
The project also featured new music created by Inspire tutors in collaboration with the participants.
You can see a slideshow featuring music and photos from the project, and other songs here.