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October: a musical month

Luminate 2014 is packed with music, with opportunities to sing, play or simply sit back and listen.

In Glasgow, following its success in 2013, The Glad Café will once again hold an Open Mic Night, bringing together singers, songwriters and performers aged 18 - 80+ and encouraging every generation to share their enjoyment of music.

In the Borders, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will host two events at Earlston High School over the weekend of 25 and 26 October. If you play an instrument, Scrapers & Tooters, led by conductor David Watkin with musicians from the SCO, will offer like-minded musicians of all ages the chance to play together and learn from one another, culminating in an informal performance for family and friends.

And if you're a member of a choir, the SCO Vocal Weekend, a brand new open choir event, will fill Earlston High School with choral music from the heart and soul of Africa. The weekend will be led by Steve King, SCO viola player and Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University. Both these SCO events are open for booking now.

Other opportunities to sing along this October include In the Mood in Motherwell and Sing with the U3A Singers in Edinburgh, both taking place on 7 October. The Village Storytelling Centre in Pollok, Glasgow will also run a taster session for older people wanting to sing in a group - Singing for the Heart - on 8 October.

Luminate 2014 also features concerts from musicians from across the generations. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow's Fridays at 1 series is a diverse programme of recitals from RCS students, staff and international guests, with an exclusive £5 ticket offer just for Luminate. At Ayr Town Hall, The Organist Entertains series will delight audiences every Monday lunchtime with a programme of music performed on a 1904 Lewis pipe organ. In Irvine, look out for Sunday Jazz with the New Orleans Joymakers and in Dumfries and Galloway, Lorraine McAslan and Victor Sangiorgio will perform classical works for violin and piano at The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm.

Outreach events take Luminate's music programme into care homes, sheltered housing communities and local groups across Scotland. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014/15, Live Music Now Scotland's outstanding emerging musicians will once again tour communities of older people around the country and will deliver a new initiative for people with dementia on Mull - Time for Traditional Tunes - in partnership with Mull Musical Minds.

Live Music Now Scotland musicians will also perform as part of two concerts in East Lothian, specially organised for older people from care homes and day centres to celebrate Luminate with their families and carers. And older people in Falkirk will celebrate with a new singing project with inspirational choir leader Stephen Deazley - The Falkirk Cabaret - learning new songs and enjoying old favourites that will be performed at a sharing event during October.

To browse the Luminate 2014 programme click here.

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