Make Music Day 2021

Make Music Day is described as the world’s largest DIY music festival and takes place in over 125 countries on 21 June. Events in all those countries are free to attend and free to participate in.

Viggianesi musicians
Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Make Music Day is about making music, so as it says, it’s all about music – talking about music, listening to music, reading about music, creating musical instruments, watching music being performed. 

However you choose to be involved on the day, visiting the website of the organisers of Make Music Day will give you a load of ideas to how you could express yourself on the day. 

Last year, the Music Department of Central Library wrote a blog with lots of handy hints to being involved in the day, hopefully those hints remain useful this year.

Female musicians wedding of Aurangzeb
Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We are all on differing timetables for our routes out of lockdown but one thing is clear, that this year, as last, most of the music making will be online with musicians round the country and the world, finding imaginative ways of using the internet and social media platforms to make a contribution to Make Music Day. The website of Make Music Day has a section about how you can be involved, from Doorstep Gigs to Window serenades, Global Folk Challenges and Drum Battles but perhaps most importantly is singing your version of this year’s Make Music Day anthem, Stand By Me. If you are moved to dust off your Tambourine and join the likes of Ben E. King, Mohammad Ali and the Kingdom Choir amongst a plethora of others, and give your rendition of Ben E. King’s classic then go to the get involved page of the Make Music Day website

Adolfo Farsari attributed – five musicians
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Stockbridge Library with Alan Govan, will be hosting a Trash Music Workshop, where you can take part in recording your own track using any household object you have to hand. To book a free place and find out more, visit Eventbrite. For further information on the event, contact Carol at Stockbridge Library:  carol.marr@edinburgh.gov.uk

Central Library will be presenting a short programme of music on our social media platforms including performances from Rolling Hills Chorus, Sangstream amongst others. 

Please decide to take part in Make Music Day in some way and we hope you join us at Central Library for part of your day. We hope you have a great experience, making music. 

For more information on Central Library’s Make Music Day programme contact music.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or douglas.wright@edinburgh.gov.uk 

And watch out for more news on our social media platforms… 

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