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.