This year's sponsored music improvisation marathon on Saturday 25 March was the best yet! We are grateful to Glasgow University for the use of their Concert Hall again. We had a few new participants including 'The Buddy Beat' - a whole group of drummers - as well as some familiar faces. You can listen to the music on YouTube. Some spectacular fundraising including one really generous donation saw us hit a record total for this event; not all added up yet but it will be over £3600 including the gift aid! A huge thank you to all the musicians and sponsors :-)
Common Wheel musicians worked with Gartnavel Royal Composer in Residence, Andrew Cruickshank, on a new composition . The work was performed in 'The Hub', Gartnavel Royal Hospital on Thursday 15th December 2016 in front of a full house. 2:02 explores the theme of Time, and the lyrics are taken from the many pieces of creative writing submitted from hospital patients, visitors and staff. The themes include reminiscence, memory, religion, working life, stillness, recovery, age, youth, mortality, nature, medication, dementia and philosophy. We owe a debt of gratitude for the huge amount of creativity and thought contributed via these writings. The Gartnavel Royal Composer in Residence project is running from 2016–2018 and we anticipate to premier another work in December 2017. This years piece can be heard on soundcloud.
One of our fantastic bike participants put Common Wheel forward for a BBC Radio 4 'All in the Mind' award and we were shortlisted as one of three UK based organisations to win the 'Project Award'. Claudia Hammond visited the project to record interviews for her programme on 27 April 2016 and the BBC invited our representatives to the award ceremony in London where we were to find out who had won. Common Wheel were the overall winners! The award ceremony was broadcast on 28 June.
Our new improved annual 10 hour music improvisation marathon fundraiser was held on Saturday 31st January 2015. It was excellent! We raised over £2000. A huge Thank You to everyone involved! There is a recording of the event on YouTube.
Common Wheel musicians worked with Gartnavel Royal Composer in Residence, Andrew Cruickshank, on a new composition celebrating and reflecting on 200 years of organised psychiatric care in Glasgow. The work was performed in 'The Hub', Gartnavel Royal Hospital on Saturday 20th December 2014 in front of a full house and it was awesome! There is a recording of the event on YouTube.