The Band set to play ON at Lochgelly Centre!

Last Friday, ON at Fife launched a year-long community music project in Central Fife, following the confirmation of £250,000 of funding from Creative Scotland.

World-famous saxophonist Joe Temperley - who is originally from Lochgelly - was officially appointed patron of The Band at the event by Provost Frances Melville. The project was launched with speeches from Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland; Councillor Brian Goodall, Chair of Fife Council's Housing and Communities Committee; and Frank Chinn, Chief Executive of ON at Fife.

The audience were treated to a jazz number by Joe Temperley, before being given free rein to try out a number of instruments for themselves.

Hazel Wotherspoon, Head of Programming and Creative Development at ON at Fife, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Central Fife to take part in a large-scale cultural project.

"The funding we have secured from Creative Scotland means The Band will not only provide opportunities throughout 2012, but will have a lasting impact on the area.

“The Band will be inclusive, inspirational, and great fun, and I would urge people of any ability or experience to get involved in this exciting project.”

The Band aims to engage people in central Fife in music making – playing, singing, listening – in particular targeting people who have never made music before. Starting this month, it will inspire communities in the Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly area to participate in, play and ultimately perform music.

The project will be based in the newly refurbished Lochgelly Centre and is being funded as part of the nationwide Year of Creative Scotland 2012. It is one of only two successful bids to be granted the maximum available funding.

Musicians and community arts experts will create and lead music groups, initially featuring singing groups, a Samba drumming band, a Community Band, and a funky brass band. The Band will be delivered by ON at Fife and Jazz Scotland, working closely with Fife Council, with the secured funding meaning there will be no cost to participants.

More information on taking part in The Band is available from our special mini-site.