Nevismas Advent Calendar

Day 1 | Guro Bergseng Skullerud

Guro has chosen Steps to Hope SCIO (when known as Souper Saturdays) as her memory. Steps to Hope is dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness and suffering with addiction. Find out more here.

Day 2 | Ronan Whittern

Ronan has chosen a performance at the The Children’s Wood and Meadow from our very first tour back in 2018 as his memory. The Children’s Wood is an important outdoor space for the local community, and was saved from development back in 2016. Find out more here.

Day 3 | Keena Wildman

Keena has chosen a performance at the Eriskay Hall from our Hebrides Tour as her memory and Meadow from our very first tour back in 2018 as his memory. Eriskay Hall is the heart of the community for the island, hosting everyone’s celebrations, parties and events. And of course orchestral concerts, when half of the orchestra has wet hair and sandy clothes from a pre-concert swim in the sea!

Day 4 | Laetitia Pannetier

Laetitia has chosen our performances at the Nan McKay Community Hall, a venue we’ve worked with since our first tour in 2018! The Nan McKay Memorial Hall is a centre of the Pollokshields community from newborns to people in their nineties. Their work encompasses health check ins, and learning classes and day trips, and of course concerts! If you would like to support or get in contact with the Nan McKay Memorial Hall, then you can find out more here.

Day 5 | Kris de Roeck

Kris has chosen, for her memory, our hundredth concert, which was at Newton Dee, from our December 2018 Tour. Newton Dee is a Camphill Community in Aberdeen, providing a home, community, meaningful work opportunities and support to the 200 residents, around half of which have special needs. You can volunteer, when possible to do so safely, or can find out more about Newton Dee here.

Day 6 | Elisabeth Lusche

Elisabeth has chosen to share her memories of our performance with Glasgow Night Shelter, back in 2018, including impromptu dancing, singing and conducting! Glasgow Night Shelter pilots a scheme to prevent the preventable homelessness of Asylum Seekers, with humanity and effectiveness at its heart. They are currently calling out for disposable cutlery and crockery, and magazines and books in Farsi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic and Urdu, alongside cash. You can find out more about their work here.

Day 7 | Chloe Peterson

She has chosen our performances on Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries during our extensive tour of the Outer Hebrides last summer as her Nevis memory.

Day 8 | Molly Edwards

Molly has chosen our entire Hebridean Tour as her Nevis memory. You can find out more about what we got up to on that tour here.

Day 9 | Seb Marshall

Seb has chosen our performance on Berneray Beach with North Uist Distillery as his Nevis memory.

Day 10 | Jake Nelson

Jake has chosen Queen Elizabeth University Hospital as his favourite Nevis memory. We have been there a few times with the orchestra and can’t wait to get back soon.

Day 11 | #GoneFishing

We were exhausted from orchestra recordings that week, but will give you a double whammy later on!

Day 12 | #GoneFishing

We were exhausted from orchestra recordings that week, but will give you a double whammy later on!

Day 13 | #GoneFishing

We were exhausted from orchestra recordings that week, but will give you a double whammy later on!

Day 14 | Laura Macleod

Laura has chosen Gartnavel Royal Hospital as her memory. We have been there with the orchestra a few times, and have even managed to get along over the last few months of lockdown, with small chamber groups.

Day 15 | Eloise Kretschmer

Eloise has chosen East Ayrshire Carers Centre as her memory. We had a squeezed in visit the Carers Cottage last December, and are now running a songwriting project with the group, supported by Creative Scotland.

Day 16 | Brianna Berman

Brianna has highlighted our performance at the New Lanark World Heritage Site, which preserves an 18th Century Mill village for future generations, including 65 resident households and a nature reserve, and undertakes its Learning and Outreach Programme. If you’re interested in finding out more, or supporting their work, you can find out more here.

Day 17 | Joanna Stark

Joanna’s memory is our performance at the East Ayrshire Carers Centre in December 2019. East Ayrshire Carers Centre aims to provide Carers with effective support, regardless of location, situation or personal circumstances. You can find more about their work, and how to support them, here.

Day 18 | Tessa Katinka van Genderen

Tessa’s memory is our time at the Erskine Proud to Care, in Anniesland, Glasgow, on our first tour in 2018. Erskine provides compassionate care for Veterans across Scotland – and you can find out more to support their work here.

Day 19 | Jesús Lorente González

Jesús has chosen a performance from our very first tour as his Nevis memory. We performed at Refuweegee’s annual community barbecue, and a few days later some New Scots came and climbed Ben Nevis with us (on a far less sunny day!) You can find out more about Refuweegee here.

Day 20 | Georgina MacDonell Finlayson

Georgina’s memory is from our time at Barra in 2019, when we played a memorable set with Castlebay Community School after being housed at the Village hall!

Day 21 | Olivia Tomasović

Olivia is highlighting the work of The National Trust for Scotland, who protect Scotland’s natural, built and cultural heritage, such as the Isle of St. Kilda that we had the privilege of playing on in 2019! You can find more about the work of The National Trust for Scotland, and how to become a member here.

Day 22 | Gabriela Jaros

Gabriela is highlighting Social Bite, who we met on our first tour in 2018! Social Bite are a wide ranging charity, working to provide accommodation and food to homeless people, running employment schemes and campaigning to end homelessness in Scotland. If you would like to find out more, donate or eat at their Cafés, you can do so here.

Day 23 | Sagnick Mukherjee

Sagnick Mukherjee is performing the joint tune of both ‘Ye Banks and Braes’ and ‘Phule Phule Dhole Dhole’ by Robert Burns/Rabindranath Tagore, and reminiscing on our performance of ‘Mairead Nan Cuiread’ at the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway.

Day 24 | Teresa Macedo Ferriera

The organisation Teresa is highlighting is Glasgow Lodging House Mission, who provide support to those in need regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender, such as food, educational and recreational activities, counselling and chaplaincy. You can find out more about them and their work, and how to support them, here.

Day 24 | BONUS: Heidi van der Swaagh

Heidi’s memory is our time playing for Sight Scotland Veterans (formerly Scottish War Blinded). Sight Scotland Veterans aims to empower Veterans with sight loss, through providing free support from advice, to rehabiliation, and social events. You can find out more about their work, and how to get involved here.