Music at the heart of Home

As lockdown eventually eases, SEALL is looking at ways to come back to stages across Skye and Raasay in the safest way possible for our audiences, artists, supporters, volunteers and staff. It is our intention to continue to provide a network of community work, social care and education for our communities as well as support the struggling performing arts sector in Scotland well into the future. Our work and ethos remain the same as we adapt and re-invent our delivery.
 
While we use this time to work on our options for a safe and sustainable future of performing arts on Skye and Raasay, we have stepped onto the online stage to deliver a programme of music to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Thanks to generous support from the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund, for June and July SEALL is live streaming concerts to residents, staff, service users, family and friends at An Acarsaid, Budhmor, Home Farm and to Kyleakin Connections every week.

Entitled SEALL at Home, we have enlisted the help of local musicians Donald and Lucy Livingstone; Ishbel’s Music Lessons; Angus and Eilidh MacKenzie; Anne Martin; John and Kate Masson and Katie Douglas. In addition, our Small Halls favourites Innes Watson, Hamish Napier Music and Su-a Lee have joined in to spread the joy of music and put a smile on the faces of our vulnerable neighbours. The wonderful Ishbel Strachan is co-ordinating the events and is doing a fabulous job in helping to reinforce good health and well-being to some very happy people.

This is such a worthwhile and satisfying project for SEALL and we thank everyone involved for making the sessions such joyful experiences.

Jackie Cairns, An Acarsaid: “We had a fantastic afternoon in An Acarsaid …. brought well missed friends all back together with our residents to have a wonderful virtual cèilidh. Music is so much part of the heart of the unit and what you guys are giving us is so much appreciated … bringing back normality to what is anything but at the moment. We all had tears in our eyes as we foot tapped and there was even some social distance dancing with staff.”

We hope to continue this work far into the future and will be seeking further funding to continue this very special and worthwhile project.

Planning ahead

SEALL’s plans for the coming months

SEALL remains committed to supporting the creative arts sector but the health and welfare of each and every member of our communities will always come first.

Reducing the spread of Covid-19 and keeping our communities, audiences, performers and staff healthy and happy is at the top of our priorities. To this end we have suspended our 2020 programmes in venues across the island until we get the all-clear.

Cultural events are important to the well-being of communities. As the situation changes, we aim to let everyone know what we are doing and keep the channels of communication open, encourage good practice for everyone’s well-being, engage our communities AND continue to bring performing arts to audiences on Skye and across the world.

If the audience cannot come to us, we will come to the audience

And for the next few months or so we will be using our social media channels to continue our programme online to bring news and exclusive performances straight to your computer, tablet, mobile phone, console and smart TV.

As the nation battens down the hatches, people will be turning to their TVs and social media for information and entertainment.

If any community, individual or business on Skye and Raasay has an idea of how we can work together to spread some joy in these most testing times, please do get in contact.

We may have to exercise social distance but there is no reason why distance cannot allow us to remain social.

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SCHEDULED EVENTS

Postponed: We have postponed all events taking place between now and theend of July and will review the situation on a regular basis. We have cancelled the affected events on our website, social media and ticket site but hope to bring them to Skye once the Government declares it is safe to do so.

Ticket refunds: If you have already purchased your tickets online for a cancelled event, Ticketsource will refund the full purchase price plus any booking fees. Once we cancel the event, you will receive an email telling you how to proceed to refund. Please be patient, Ticketsource says it will honour all refunds but they are inundated at the moment, staff are working from home and progress may be a little slower than normal.

Office

As from 17 March, the staff have been working from home. We will still be contactable via email (all contact details from HERE) or via our social media channels (listed above). If anyone has any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

In the meantime, stay safe and we hope to see you all online.

THE SEALL TEAM

Small Halls auction raised £2,400

SEALL held a jolly fine charity auction on Saturday 12 October at the Old Inn Carbost at 8.30pm.

As a result of the enthusiasm and support of those packed into the Inn, and Marie’s inducement for them to part with their money, over £2,400 was raised. All proceeds will go towards bringing the SEALL Festival of Small Halls to communities, halls and schools around the Isles of Skye and Raasay in late November

Items included fine dining, overnight stay in Harris, lots of gin, vouchers for events and visitor centres, wonderful socks and lots lots more – over 30 items.

 

Events for Autumn 2019

SEALL AUTUMN PROGRAMME

With the 2019 Fèis an Eilein | Skye Festival drawing to a close on 20 August, SEALL continues its year-round programme of live performing arts events in a brand new Autumn season.

With trad, classical and world music; adult and children’s theatre, workshops, literature and a cool film festival, there’s lots to see in the lead-up to Winter.

Printed copies of the 2019 Autumn programme will be available from outlets across Skye and Lochalsh in a few weeks’ time.

In the meantime, here’s a digital copy we prepared earlier.

Click on the image below and book your tickets early.

Tha sinn a’ deànamh fiughair ri fàilte a chur oirbh uile

We look forward to welcoming you.