Sounds International is a community singing group made up of around 100 like-minded people of all ages and walks of life, who share a common joy in singing.
Founded in 2003 by professional vocal coach, Eddie Binnie, Sounds International has grown in size and stature over the years and won widespread respect and recognition for its ethos of promoting a closer understanding between people of all beliefs, nationalities and cultures through the unifying effect of music. This aim qualified the group for sponsorship from the Millennium Fund under ‘Sense over Sectarianism’ and Sounds International was granted charitable status in 2006.
Singing on your own is good…but nothing compares to the sheer delight of singing with others in four-part harmony. Better still, there are no formal auditions, nor is it essential to be able to read music. But singing isn’t only about the social aspect of people coming together to make music; it also has proven health benefits.
All the worries and stresses of everyday life are replaced with feel-good endorphins to create a natural ‘high’ that is clearly visible on members’ faces at the end of a rehearsal or a concert performance – the latter freely undertaken throughout the year to help raise funds for community groups and charities, particularly those that do not receive statutory funding (see Events page for details of forthcoming concerts and how to book the choir for an event).
Tuesday night is choir night. The group rehearses from 7.30-9.30pm each week in Stamperland Parish Church Hall in Clarkston, which reverberates to the sound of music that can be anything from Bach to the Beatles…and not always in English.
Sounds International’s diverse repertoire includes songs from musicals, pop, country, opera, gospel, folk, and in recognition of the group’s multicultural ethos, songs from other countries sung in native languages, such as Maori, Greek, Afrikans and Mandarin. New members are warmly welcomed – men especially! See Contacts page for how to join.
I get lost in the music. Fabulous!
My favourite kind of workout
Singing lets me switch off from everything else – the ultimate stress reliever
Tuesday rehearsals provide enough feel-good factor to last the week
If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and white notes together
- Richard M Nixon
Music is the universal language of mankind
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music is the voice that tells us the human race is greater than it knows
- Napoleon Bonaparte
Music is the soul that can be heard by the universe
- Lao Tzu
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music
- Jimi Hendrix
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music
- Ronald Regan
If music be the food of love, play on
- William Shakespeare
Music can change the world because it can change people
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy