Scottish Labour MSP Paul O’Kane has presented the Ferguslie Park Community Choir with a framed Holyrood motion that recognises their recent performance at the Coronation Concert.
O’Kane met members of the choir at the Tannahill Centre, where they discussed the choir’s summer plans before the Labour man handed over the framed motion to volunteer coordinator Bobbie McCabe.
Commenting Paul O’Kane said:
“The choir’s performance at the Coronation Concert was a great way for Paisley to be attached to such a historic event and that’s why I wanted to have a motion that would ensure it’s remembered by the Parliament”
“I was absolutely delighted to finally meet the choir at the Tannahill Centre, of course to hand over the motion but to also find out more about what they’ve been getting up to over the Summer”
“I understand they’re currently doing sessions of karaoke which just sounds absolutely fantastic way to spend time”
“Five minutes with the choir and you get a real sense that they’re a small but tight group coming together to have a great time and sing… that’s brilliant”
Motion Number: S6M-08959
Lodged By: Paul O’Kane
Date Lodged: 15/05/2023
Title: Ferguslie Park Community Choir’s Participation in the Coronation Concert
That the Parliament recognises that Ferguslie Park Community Choir performed at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on 7 May 2023; understands that the choir group’s participation resulted from the BBC coming across a story about the choir that featured in Paisley Daily Express in 2022; notes that the choir group, which meets every Monday at the Tannahill Centre, was founded in 2018, with the aim of promoting good mental health and physical wellbeing, as well as positive community interactions; further notes that the choir’s director, Jenny Cheung, runs a series of choirs in the Greater Glasgow area, which are open to all ages and come under the banner of the Voice Project Scotland; notes that the choir performed Emeli Sandé’s song, Brighter Days, and did so using British Sign Language in particular parts to make the performance more accessible; celebrates that the Ferguslie Park Community Choir made its local community proud as it performed to an audience of 20,000 people, and to an estimated two billion people watching at home, during the Coronation Concert; hopes that more people have been inspired, as a result of the performance, to join in and perform with community choirs across the country, and celebrates that this choir group, which is comprised of members from across Renfrewshire, had what it sees as the huge honour of representing Scotland at such a historic event