In memory of the late Scott Hutchison, lead singer of Frightened Rabbit, a choir has been established in his hometown. The Selkirk Community Choir, supported by the Tiny Changes charity, aims to promote mental health awareness and provide support to individuals. Founded in September, the choir has grown to nearly 20 members and meets at Scott’s former school in Selkirk.
Sara Alakus, a former classmate of Scott’s, founded the choir with the goal of enhancing people’s well-being, a cause that Scott himself would have championed. The Tiny Changes charity fully endorses the initiative, and a diverse group of individuals gathers every Wednesday to sing at their old school. The choir sessions not only provide enjoyment and fun but also contribute to improving mental health and fostering a sense of connection amongst the members.
Renowned soprano AmyBeth Beel, who has performed alongside esteemed artists such as Jose Carreras and Lesley Garrett, leads the choir. AmyBeth expressed her fulfillment in working on this project, highlighting the positive impact that singing and connecting with the songs has had on the mental health of several choir members. She acknowledged the significance of Scott’s legacy in his hometown and how it continues to make a meaningful difference.
Selkirk High School holds a special place in the hearts of Scott and his fellow bandmates, as they were all students there in the 1990s. Portraits of Scott and the band adorn the school corridors, serving as a proud reminder of their connection to the town. Since the establishment of Selkirk Community Choir in the school’s music hall, individuals of all ages and abilities have been attending the 90-minute sessions held every Wednesday evening.
New choir member Maggie Mackenzie expressed the uplifting experience of being part of the choir, noting the sense of community and the positive impact of AmyBeth’s leadership. Many who believed they couldn’t sing have pleasantly discovered their hidden talent. While the choir has been steadily growing, organizers are optimistic about its future and hope to have the opportunity to give their debut public performance.
Even eight-year-old Laird Ross Williams, who travels from nearby Galashiels each week for rehearsals, has found joy and happiness in being part of the choir. The Selkirk Community Choir is a testament to the lasting impact of Scott Hutchison’s legacy, as his music continues to bring people together and improve their well-being in the town where he grew up.