Singer Louise Gibbs' community music project CheerSing has been chosen for the Yorkshire Festival 2014. The 100-day arts and culture festival leads the run up to the Tour de France, 4-6 July 2014 and is supported by Arts Council, Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Water.
Louise's ambitious project aims to bring communities together to cheer on the cyclists with specially devised chants and cheers which represent their own part of Yorkshire. She will run a series of workshops along the route.
CheerSing aims to engage crowds cheering the Tour de France in Yorkshire to create big, beautiful, locally-distinctive soundscapes along the route. From March to June Louise will be running workshops for communities across Yorkshire to:
- devise ‘signature’ chants/clapping-raps/cheer-songs and actions which identify their particular part of Yorkshire
- sing and shout effectively and safely in the open air
- perform their material more confidently
- be animateurs leading and enthusing crowds to chant and sing
- document and share their experiences of CheerSing and the Yorkshire Festival
Hebden Bridge - Saturday 29 March, 2.00-3.30pm, Birchcliffe Centre, HX7 8DB
Leyburn - Saturday 12 April, 2.00-3.30pm, Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre, DL8 4QG
Leeds - Saturday 26 April, 1.00-2.30pm AND 2.30-4.00pm, Trinity Church, Boar Lane, LS1 6HW
Grassington - Sunday 27 April, 2.00-3.30pm, Octagon Room, Devonshire Institute, Main Street, BD23 5AT - Also Saturday 14 June as part of the Grassington Festival - details tbc
Addingham - Saturday 3 May, 11.00am-12.30pm and 2.00-3.30pm, Addingham Memorial Hall, LS29 0PD
Skipton - Saturday 17 May, 2.00-3.30pm, Ermysted’s Grammar School, Gargrave Rd, BD23 1PL
Holmfirth - Sunday 18 May, 2.00-3.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Towngate, HD9 1HA
Sheffield - tba
Details of the workshops and their content can be found on the CheerSing website.
More information about the project can be found on Louise Gibbs Website.