Bo’ness vocal coach’s little singers spread festive joy

Local vocal coach Jennifer McIntosh and her little singers have been spreading some Christmas joy to help Strathcarron Hospice.

Friday, 18th December 2020, 1:01 pm
Vocal coach Jen McIntosh organised this online song and fundraiser for Strathcarron hospice, starring lots of local young children.

Jennifer, from Bo’ness, started her new singing venture ‘Find Your Voice - Sing with Jen’ back in June. At the time, lockdown restrictions had eased slightly, and it seemed the right moment to launch.

However, a spike in Covid cases saw the restrictions tightened and her dreams of providing one-to-one singing lessons from her home and starting her Retirement Rocks choir were instantly dashed.

Like other businesses, Jennifer had to adapt and think of novel ways to keep her new singing recruits engaged. In the run-up to Christmas, she organised for her younger singers, aged 6-12, to perform ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ virtually. This was no easy feat considering that all of the children were total beginners and Jennifer had only met them online.

Nonetheless, she was able to get the best out of her little performers and they produced a beautiful rendition of the Judy Garland classic.

A couple of years ago, Jennifer lost a very dear friend to cancer, and during their final few weeks they were cared for by Strathcarron Hospice. She decided to use this song to spread some Christmas cheer and also raise some much-needed funds for the hospice.

She said: “Strathcarron supported my friend Eva and her family through such a difficult time and I can never thank them enough for what they did. This song is dedicated to all the staff and residents at Strathcarron and I hope it brings them, and the local community, some joy.”

Jennifer has been blown away by the level of local support so far, raising more than £300 just days after launching her fundraiser. She was also thrilled to be contacted by Strathcarron Hospice and told that they will be sharing her song online on Christmas Eve.

“I’m totally overwhelmed by Strathcarron’s response, and by everyone’s generosity and kindness. After such a challenging year for so many people, it’s lovely to end on such a high note!”

Jen’s Christmas song and fundraising page can be viewed on her Facebook page ‘Find Your Voice – Sing with Jen’ using this link https://m.facebook.com/JenMcSings/.

Jennifer, a qualified vocal coach, has performed with the Bo’ness Belles for many years and is also a star of the musical theatre company, Showcase Edinburgh. Her vision for her Find Your Voice business is to build confidence and inspire the next generation of young performers.