Lakecity joins national Music Monday event May 6

Williams Lake band and music students will join professional and amateur musicians Monday to sing/play "Is Somebody Singing."

Williams Lake band and music students will be joining professional and amateur musicians and singers Monday morning for a momentous cross-Canada music event called Music Monday, May 6.

The event is in support of music in schools and will see the nation-wide singing and playing of one song at 10:30 a.m.

The song “Is Somebody Singing” was co-written by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson.

The song was commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and the Coalition for Music Education to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.

The song premiered on Feb. 8 across CBC platforms with Hadfield performing on the International Space Station and Robertson and the Barenaked Ladies performing on Earth.

In School District 27 students, amateurs and professional musicians will be coming together at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Monday morning to perform the song in Rink 1 starting with a concert at 9:45 a.m. and the singing/playing of “Is Somebody Singing” at 10:30 a.m.

Whether a choir, soloist, drum group, band group, ukulele group recorder group they will all be playing and singing the the same song at the same time.

Elementary and secondary students are being bused to the complex for the event which is being co-ordinated by Williams Lake Secondary School band instructor Laura Eilers.

“There will be approximately 350 students in total, with others coming from groups such as the Williams Lake Community Band,” Eilers says. She adds that all of the secondary and elementary school music programs in Williams Lake will be represented.

“There will be a concert starting at 9:45 a.m. with each group performing one to two pieces each, and we will be finishing up the event playing/singing “Is Someone Singing,” Eilers says.

“It will be an event not to be missed,” Eilers says. “It is not often that students from across the district get to play and sing together, so this is the opportunity for students to hear what other schools are doing, and perhaps be inspired and continue playing right through high school.”

She notes that WLSS will also be holding a Fine Arts Night on June 6.