Thousands of pupils take to the stage for the Big Sing

Primary Four pupils from every school in Aberdeen took part in the Big Sing at Duthie Park on Wednesday 22 May.

Primary school pupils in bright blue and red school uniforms crowd together in a park, their arms raised in celebration, in the centre, two adults holding the programmes for The Big Sing, in the background, the gazebo where the band performed

Councillor Martin Greig and Councillor Jessica Mennie with Primary 4 pupils at The Aberdeen Big Sing 2024 event at Duthie Park. Image courtesy of Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen Big Sing 2024 is a celebration event that brings together 3,000 pupils to sing as one large choir. The choir performed six songs, including the “Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen”, with accompaniment by Aberdeen City Music Service Staff and Pupil Band, Ashley Road School Woodwind Group and Robert Gordon’s College Pipe Band. 

The children have been taught the songs for the event by Aberdeen City Council’s Music Service specialist vocal team. Members of the team have been visiting schools since August 2023 with their time funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative.

A large crowd in a green and leafy park stand watching a band perform on a gazebo

Crowds at The Big Sing 2024. Image courtesy of Aberdeen City Council.

Councillor Martin Greig, Convener of Aberdeen City Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “It was great to hear the wonderful music from the young people. Their lovely singing delighted everyone. I am grateful to all who took part to make this such an enjoyable event.”

Councillor Jessica Mennie, Vice-Convener of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many young people enjoying performing. Music is known to boost health and wellbeing so it’s important to encourage pupils to express themselves through singing and playing.”

Morag Macdonald, YMI Manager at Creative Scotland says: “This event embodies the spirit of the Youth Music Initiative by enabling joyful collaborative music making opportunities. It was joyful to see the children perform so enthusiastically in front of their family and friends and I hope they remember the event for years to come. Congratulations to the teachers and music service staff who made the event possible.”

Heidi (P4), who performed at The Aberdeen Big Sing event, said: “I like singing as it makes me feel happy, Like the song we sing, it’s fun and uplifting.”

Another performer, Thea (P4), said: “I like singing because its uplifting, and when we sing songs like Happy we feel the energy.”

Attah (P4), who was also part of the choir, added: “Singing is good for the soul. Especially if you get to sing songs you know.”

Band members in a gazebo wearing t shirts that say 'Aberdeen Big Sing 2024'

Band members at The Big Sing 2024. Image courtesy of Aberdeen City Council.

The songs for Big Sing 2024 were themed around joy, friendship and Scotland as music can help people feel good, bring people together and enjoy a shared experience.  

Songs performed included the “Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond” and The Proclaimers “I’m On My Way”.  

An estimated 3,000 family members and friends of the young singers attended the event.  


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The Youth Music Initiative is a music education programme with a vision to put music at the heart of young people’s lives and learning funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland. Since its establishment in 2007 the programme has distributed over £159 million, transforming music learning facilities for children and young people across the country. You can find out more about the programme on the Creative Scotland website.