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Lauderdale choirmaster James is in tune with plight of refugees
James Robertson is a music therapist and composer – and musical director of Lauderdale Community Choir, pictured.His own compositions and arrangements have added to the singers’ repertoire.Recent events in world politics have inspired James to write and compose a song called ‘Bridges not Walls’, which he has decided to make available to be rehearsed and performed by anyone in exchange for a donation to the Scottish Refugee Council.He said: “The underlying message of this composition is one of hope rather than protest. Whilst we are quick to condemn the building of literal walls which separate nations and communities, we also need to be aware of the metaphorical walls that each of us may build which prevent us from reaching out and actively helping our neighbours, both near and far. Regardless of who we are, or where we are, we all share a common humanity.“The words and music of this composition are a reminder to us all of the need for community and compassion: See the sun arising over the highest wall, together we can let more light shine when the bricks begin to fall.”The song can be heard being performed by the choir on its website. The score can also be accessed via www.laudedalechoir.org.uk/about/james-robertson-musical-director. To make a Scottish Refugee Council donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bridgesnotwalls
 
 
 

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