Invitation to Participate in Mass Song Project to Celebrate the Planet

Artists involved in  the  viral success of the stirring climate song Enough is Enough by multi award-winning folk musician Karine Polwart, the Soundhouse Choir and Oi Musica in November 2020, are launching a global call out for anyone and everyone to get involved in sharing a message to world leaders ahead of the critical talks at COP26, due to be held in Glasgow from 31st October  to 12th November.

Since the release of Enough is Enough at the end of 2020, its creators have been busy raising funds, building partnerships and creating opportunities for music makers across a range of genres, ages and backgrounds to get involved.

From a Glasgow hip hop interpretation of Enough is Enough, entitled This is It, that has been aired on BBC Introducing, to a carnival collaboration involving 200 young people from 6 UK cities including London, Greater Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, to more versions in the pipeline that include a version from African diaspora musicians; a French-Arabic piece from Brussels; a Cuban song and an indigenous community in Brazil, this project has taken legs!

Let it Grow is a grassroots project launched in August 2021 and is supported by micro-organisations working across Scotland. It invites choirs, community ensembles, musicians, schools and anyone else who wants to add their voice, build public pressure and have some creative fun ahead of COP26. The public has an open invite to learn some  lyrics, the whole song or create new content for climate change; to share a clip on social media, tagging our handles and #musicforCOP26 – contributing to the tidal wave and ramping up public pressure as the world’s attention turns to Glasgow.

The project invites schools to join them and have created a free resource pack, engaging pupils in activities that explore climate change and cover areas of the curriculum including literacy, citizenship and the arts. It offers a menu of activities of varying lengths to engage children in both the song, ‘Enough is Enough’ and complementary learning opportunities around climate crisis to suit all capacities and requirements. Schools can pick and choose the sections that work for them, photograph and film their work and upload to their social platforms tagging Let It Grow.

During Cop26 itself, a series of special events are planned that include an outdoor live performance of Enough is Enough by Karine Polwart, the Soundhouse Choir and local community groups from Glasgow on 10th November. This follows a performance with Polwart, Oi Musica and the Soundhouse choir at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth around the Gaia exhibition on 6th November.

The lively and colourful video of the performance of Enough is Enough, whose lyrics suitably draw on Glasgow’s coat of arms featuring the tree, bird, fish and bell that represent the legends of St Mungo, the city’s patron saint, also features Glasgow’s open access group Brass, Aye? The video is available on YouTube.

The project is led by Oi Musica and funded by Creative Scotland.

Irene Brown

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