"Letters Life and Love Stories - A Celebration of Caring in Scotland” Gala concert will be held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 20 January 2014 as part of Celtic Connections programme. The concert will pay tribute to the love and dedication of Scotland’s carers and the part played by the many professionals and volunteers who contribute during the carer journey. This partnership event with Regular Music and Celtic Connections will celebrate the lives of many for the 660,000 carers in Scotland and those who support them. Tommy Whitelaw, who worked for twenty years in the music industry, spent the last five years caring for his mum Joan who had dementia. He started a campaign, ‘Tommy on Tour’ to raise awareness, gathering letters from carers across Scotland. The concert is the result of Tommy sharing these letters with Mark Mackie of Regular Music and Donald Shaw, Festival Director of Celtic Connections and a desire to bring the stories to life through music. The concert will be held on 20th January at 7.30pm in Glasgow Royal Concert Halls as part of Celtic Connections. Latest Concert Press Release
The ALLIANCE will be holding a pre-concert reception in Glasgow Royal Concert Halls from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. The reception will reach out to inspirational individuals and groups, asking them to tell us about their journey caring for a loved one, and the motivation behind their caring role. Building on the musical theme, and as music is often such a powerful link to emotions, people or places, we are asking people to identify a song that resonates with their story or experiences. By sending your story, you will automatically be entered into a ballot to win a a pair of tickets to the reception and concert. We have a total of 20 pairs of tickets to give away. For more information and details of how to submit your entry, click here to download the guidance for submissions. At the reception there will be a range of exhibition stands from national and local organisations who engage with carers. These partners will each undertake their own project to collect and present the inspirational stories of those they support and represent in an innovative and engaging way. More details will be released in the coming months. If you are a twitter user, follow #icarewecare for the latest updates.