Kate O'Connell

Vocal tuition for health, wellbeing, confidence and performance technique

This show was performed on:
—  Saturday 26 May 2012  in St John's Church, Forres
—  Friday 2 November 2012  in the Universal Hall, Findhorn


A performance in song and spoken word, celebrating local community
Featuring Choir of local singers, with special guest poet Dave Till

“The best show I've been to ... magnificent”   Barbara Faro

Initiated by Kate O'Connell and Marie Jacques, singer/songwriter Alison Burns has written five songs especially for this event, which will support local social/environmental charity Transition Town Forres.


“ Hope Lies Here ”

The finale of the "You Can't Eat Money" concert on 2 November 2012 in the Universal Hall, Findhorn.
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You can't eat money

“ Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisened, and the last fish has been cought, will we realise that we can not eat money ”
19th century Cree Indian

You can't eat money - poster
Local choir mistress Kate O'Connell has for a long time wanted to find a way to combine her vocation of singing with the urgency she feels about the changes we need to make towards local resilience in the face of the global social, economic and environmental situation.

To this end she commissioned Galloway singer/songwriter Ali Burns to write a series of songs dealing with the issues in question. Ali is known for her heartfelt, lyrical compositions for community choirs, and as about 30 local singers work on the songs, it becomes clear that the thrust of the performance had become the importance of our love for our local community and nature! What else!

We are weaving the songs together with poetry/story and prose to create an event using the performing arts to touch hearts and raise awareness of some of the issues involved.

Ali Burns has built up a reputation as a popular singing teacher around Scotland, having visited Forres three times in the last four years and building up a strong fan base with singers here.
She has surpassed herself with the songs she has written for us and the Choir is working hard to do them justice.

The Choir will be joined by local poet Dave Till who has contributed his witty humorous, intelligent, pithy and sometimes biting poems to many community events.

This performance premiered in May 2012 in St John's Church Forres, and was received with great acclaim.

Transition Town Forres

Transition Town Forres
All money raised from ticket sales will go to support the work of local social/environmental charity Transition Town Forres and their pavillion in Bogton Road, which is intended for use as a centre for community and environmental education.

“The pavilion will be used as a community space including a demonstration kitchen which will link the community gardens in 'plot to plate' cookery events and other skill-sharing and health and well-being related workshops.”

›  www.ttforres.org


For more information, please contact Kate:

Phone:  01343 - 850266

›  For Ali's work: www.aliburns.co.uk


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