Platform Singers hit the town!

28 Feb 2024

The Platform Singers group has been out and about again!

Group leader Rachel Hynes has been appearing in Scottish Opera's Marx In London! show at the Theatre Royal -  and the Platform Singers had a fun Saturday night out to see her in action. 

Rachel is a classically trained opera singer and singing-for-health professional who as well as leading the Platform Singers group, has appeared in numerous shows and production across the country - and was in Scottish Opera's Carmen last summer, which the Platform Singers also visited as a group outing.

”I am so grateful to Scottish Opera for arranging for  Platform Singers - the community singing for wellbeing and mental health group based at Platform - to attend a performance of Marx on London!

“They had previously attended the Carmen dress rehearsal in the summer and it ignited a real passion for opera and theatre going. To be able to attend an actual performance this time, of a UK premiere of a new opera by a living composer, was truly something else for them, and we really are indebted to Scottish Opera for arranging the tickets.

"The group chose the Audio Described performance as one of the group members is visually impaired - she described the audio description as excellent - especially the first half. On a personal note, having the Platform Singers in the audience made me somehow feel the need to up my game, practising what I preach about breathing and high notes in class. It also helped to calm my nerves  - it’s a very tricky piece to sing - knowing that my group members  were willing me on to do my best! We are a wee family really - that’s the power of singing!

“We have a couple of new members in the group and one of who had never been to an opera before - as a result of seeing this production, she’s now hooked! Roll on ‘La Traviata’!”.

Platform Singers meet every Friday at Platform from 2.30pm-4pm and the group is run on a Pay-What-You-Like basis. 

There is an (optional) social catch-up before the singing starts at 3pm. All ages 16yrs+ and abilities are welcome to join. Click HERE for more information.

Performance image: James Glossop 

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