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Many Players – One Composition

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After much preparation, a special Remembrance Event was held at Colinton Parish Church in Edinburgh, yesterday evening. The event reflected on ‘The Pity of War’ (after a quote by Wilfred Owen) in words, music and images. It brought together our ecumenical partners living in and around Colinton, and featured the Wilfred Owen violin, which was fashioned from a broken limb of a tree in Edinburgh’s Craiglockhart Campus, where those who were wounded in WWI were sent to recuperate.

This event took many months to plan, and involved a great number of individuals who contributed their artistic talents in memory of those young people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Singers and instrumentalists, readers and local historians all played their part in this memorable ‘composition’. Attending a rehearsal of musicians last Sunday afternoon reminded me that when the skills of each instrumentalist come together in an ensemble, the sound is so much more than the sum of the individual contributions.

When the skills of each instrumentalist come together in an ensemble, the sound is so much more than the sum of the individual contributions.
Rolf Billes,
Go For It Convener

When assessing applications to the Go For It Fund, I have made a similar discovery: it takes many individuals to plan and deliver a project in a local community or neighbourhood. Only when the talents of many people come together in one great symphony, do we have a project that has a chance to be sustainable and life-changing for those who benefit from its activities. Volunteers and employees, line managers and steering groups, beneficiaries and partners all play a significant part in the success of the projects they are involved with. And looking around the country, there are over 100 projects at any given time that witness to the power of team work and collaboration.

Why not look some of them up on the Go For It webpages, and be inspired to join an existing project somewhere near you? On the other hand, you may already be part of a ‘band’ of volunteers who are in the process of composing your own symphony. In that case, please get in touch with our staff members at the Go For It Fund and tell us your story – we love working in partnership with people like you!

Rolf Billes
Convener, Go For It Fundrolf_billes

About the Author

Rev Rolf Billes is minister at Edinburgh: Colinton and Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Go For It Fund.

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