August 2014, featured in The Peebleshire
With getting doused in water for charity becoming the Internet trend, two local choirs took being soaked for a good cause to the next level in Edinburgh as part of the Festival Fringe.
Over 80 singers from InChorus and around 40 singers from the Edinburgh Police Choir braved the thunderstorms on Thursday 21 August to entertain festival-goers outside the National Galleries and raise money for the charity, Changing Faces.
The volume of rainfall rendered any sound system useless, so the choirs sang their hit repertoire ‘a cappella’ including ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Happy Together’ and ‘Next to Me’.
Fringe 2014 in the rainHowever, the highlight for the many tourists and residents who braved the weather to watch the breathtaking performance was, by far, the ‘Scottish Medley’, a mash up of Scotland’s best known and loved tunes. From ‘Donald Where’s Yer Troosers’ to the Eurythmic’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Dougie Maclean’s ‘Caledonia’ to Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last Request’ , the crowd whooped and laughed as the singers sailed through a stunning 22 Scottish songs within a one hit medley.
The 45 minute performance finished with a collection for Changing Faces, a small charity that supports and represents people who have conditions or injuries which affect their appearance. The cause is close to the choirs’ hearts with a friend of InChorus currently receiving treatment for disfigurement.
One choir member said, “For one evening only we became Poncho Chorus thanks to the distinctly Scottish summer! However, despite the heavy showers, many came out to enjoy our music, and the rain most definitely did not dampen our spirits. We’re delighted to have raised over £1,000 for Changing Faces over the past year as it is a great and important cause close to all hearts of InChorus members.”