Make Music Day 2020


As part of the Make Music Day UK twelve hour broadcast Beyond Skin & partners hosted a one hour dedicated show representing Northern Ireland and our collaborations with our global neighbours. Norway, Morocco, Iran, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Jamaica, Hungary, Palestine, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Afghanistan, Colombia, England, Scotland, Spain, France, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia , Sri Lanka, Philippines, India, Israel, Senegal, Singapore, Iran, Australia, USA (Philadelphia), Finland, Japan and the South of Ireland   

The Northern Ireland show was hosted by Kerry Anderson and Mark Smulian

Featuring in the show: Cairde Community Choir, Cara Monaghan, Luna Abu Nassar, Souls Liberation, Gani Tamir, Glenn Millar, Shankill Road Defenders Flute Band, Mohi Varasteh, Kacper & Kaja Lewandowski, Amita Ravikaran, Mim Suleiman, Hajer Ben Messaoud, Claire-Louise McBride, Hestia, Stanley Ang, Joan Pinós Sariol, VaneMG, Tessa Ann, C&S Music School Japan, Glengormely High School, Ami Yares, Julius Mitchell, Raphael Frank (RVPH), Robison Sanchez, Given Wilson,Talia Smulian, Matthew, Sienna, Mr Mouri and the Traditional Arts Partnership (Aodh Murphy, Jamie McGrath, Christopher & Deirdre Fowler, Sarah & Fionn Loughran, Jude Quigg, Kenny Qua). The show also featured a dance production with 25 countries. 

Chris Heath @3FortyFive Films (Video editor)

On this page are the 17 videos in that featured in the Live Stream the the credits. You can also view the entire live stream again facebook  youtube



Thanks to the MakeMusicUK team (Barbara, Alison & Aidan) and Hayley @ Evolving Works

Cairde Community Choir performing a version of “Run” Arrangement by Siobhan Brown. Audio mix Mark Smulian. Video editor Chris Heath. Songwriters: Nathan Connolly / Gary Lightbody / Mark McCelland / Jonathan Quinn / Ian Archer

 Cara Monaghan & Luna Abu Nassar performing a version of Finbar Magee's “My Belfast Love”  Audio mix Mark Smulian. Video editor Chris Heath.

Souls Liberation featuring Simm “A warriors chant” Co-written and recorded by Ripton Lindsay. A Love is a Baseline production.

Gani Tamir (vocals) solo performance. Talia Smulian (Visuals) “Only find places to hide” Audio production Mark Smulian.

Robison Sanchez (visual/street artist - Colombia) collaboration with Glenn Millar (musician - Northern Ireland). Video mix editor Chris Heath.

“To the core” A special #ArtsDialogue Traditional Arts Partnership teaser production. Featuring: Mohi Varasteh, Aodh Murphy, Jamie McGrath, Christopher & Deidre Fowler, Sarah & Fionn Loughran, Julius Mitchell, Joan Pinós Sariol & Jude Quigg, Raphael Frank. Music produced and mixed by Raphael Frank (RVPH). Video edited by Chris Heath.

Kacper Lewandowski solo performance. Written and recorded by Kacper with additional production by Mark Smulian & Chris Heath

Kaja Lewandowski solo performance. Written and recorded by Kaja with additional production by Mark Smulian & Chris Heath

Amita Ravikaran solo performance. Performed and recorded by Amita with additional production by Chris Health

Mim Suleiman solo performance. Performed and recorded by Mim with additional production by Chris Healt

Luna Abu Nassar solo performance. Performed and recorded by Luna

“An Buachaillin Ban” A special #ArtsDialogue Traditional Arts Partnership production. Featuring: Claire-Louise McBride, Hajer Ben Messaoud, Stanley Ang, Mohi Varasteh, Kenny Qua. Produced and mixed by Raphael Frank (RVPH). Video editing: Chris Heath

Shankill Road Defenders Flute Band “The Leaving of Liverpool”. Performed and recorded by SRD. Audio mixed by Mark Smulian. Video edited by Chris Heath.

Tessa Ann & VaneMG. A visual arts and sound & healing spa collaboration produced and recorded by Tessa & Vanessa

C&S Music School Japan & Glengormley High School Northern Ireland. A greeting from Mr Mouri (principal of C&S) followed by a rap written by Mathew from Glengormley High School and pictures from students at both schools. Video produced by Chris Heath. A partnership project with Min-On Research Institute & Min-On Concert Association Japan supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland.

 “The Highlands” Written and performed by Ami Yares featuring Aodh Murphy and Sarah & Fionn Loughran from Traditional Arts Partnership.

Hestia “Strength is a choice” Concept and song developed by Claire-Louise McBride. Featuring people dancing from 25 countries. Audio mixed by Mark Smulian. Video editing Chris Heath. A special thanks to Given Wilson @ Soap For Hope

Make Music UK Press Release

Organisers of Make Music Day UK are pleased to announce details of an array of unique performances, workshops and collaborations for this year’s summer solstice event. Having become the UK’s largest single-day music event in the four years since it reached our shores, Make Music Day began as Fête de la Musique in France in 1982 and is now the world’s largest celebration of music, taking place in 125 countries every year on 21 June.

An open invitation for everyone to play, share and enjoy music, Make Music Day is a grassroots, DIY festival encouraging people to organise events in their communities. Anyone can take part as long as it happens on 21 June and it’s free to the public.

With social distancing measures still in place in the UK, all Make Music Day events are online for 2020 with three distinct strands of activity giving music-lovers lots of ways to get involved:

• Perform – make an event of it and stream your performance or workshop with the hashtag #MakeMusicDayUK and list it on the Make Music Day UK website.
• Create – flex your creative muscles with one of our participatory projects between now and 21 June.
• Watch – Enjoy the music being made across the country on 21 June via our specially curated broadcast - Make Music Day UK Live!

People playing music together in the community has always been at the heart of Make Music Day and this year, music’s ability to bring people together has never been clearer. Anyone of any musical ability can take part in Make Music Day, so whether people sing or play, if they’re a virtuoso or a complete novice they can PERFORM a song or a whole show, put on a tutorial, a Q&A or a workshop using the hashtag #MakeMusicDayUK and list the live stream on the MMDUK website to be a part of one amazing day of music.

We know not everyone is a born performer, but that doesn’t mean Make Music Day will leave anyone out. Everybody can CREATE by joining in with a participatory project and get their musical kicks with no stage fright guaranteed.  Projects include the Auld Land Syne Digital Participation project. Scottish musician Hamish Napier and Honeyblood’s Cat Myers have created a new arrangement of the classic and invite everyone to join together in a celebratory performance of one of Scotland’s must popular folk songs that has taken on an added poignancy in these times of social distancing, as it acknowledges the importance of friendship and human connection. Videos of performances can be submitted before 5 June, or anyone can play along on 21 June when the final musical collage is unveiled on the official Make Music Day UK broadcast.

Other participatory projects include the Bring Me Sunshine competition in partnership with Hal Leonard Europe and Apollo 5, searching for the best cover version of Make Music Day UK’s official song;  the Lockdown Sound Challenge in which everyone is encouraged to submit a favourite found sound or unusual noise – a specially commissioned team of producers will have one hour to create a track exclusively from the samples sent in, that will be premiered on the official broadcast; a special edition of the hugely popular Sofa Singers online singing event which brings together hundreds of people from around the world in real-time, and Bash the Trash building fun instruments from found objects.

As well as all of the DIY opportunities to get involved, the Make Music Day UK team have lined up a feast of festival fun for you to WATCH! A dedicated and specially curated broadcast of unique performances from Make Music Day UK ambassadors and partners, don’t miss 12 hours of music across the solstice. Broadasts will featuring a singing workshop and singalongathon challenge from Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, folk tales from former BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year Sam Sweeney and a peformance from Kevin Brennan MP for Cardiff West, who is a member of MP4 a band comprising three MPs and one former MP.

Young ambassadors from North Yorkshire’s youth music development charity NYMAZ will produce Rural Fest - live streamed performances and workshops from Yorkshire-based musicians, and a Making Music showcase, including the premiere of  their Virtual Choir & Ensemble’s version of offical Make Music Day UK song Bring me Sunshine, plus a spotlight on leisure-time music groups across the UK.

Explore South London’s musical landscape with Musicity who will showcase architecture-inspired music in partnership with Team London Bridge and Diaphonique as part of the London Festival of Architecture, BBC Radio 1’s Arielle Free will put us in the party mood with one of her legendary DJ sets, we’ll have performances from Glasgow musicians as part of UNESCO Musical Cities programme in partnership with Glasgow Life, and Hamish Napier will team up with Su-a Lee performing in the Scottish Highlands.

Northern Ireland’s Beyond Skin who use music, arts and new media to bridge cultural divides will showcase a plethora of intercultural collaborations and performances from artists as varied as Northern Irelands own Shankill Road Defenders Fife & Drum Band, Traditional Arts Partnership, Clanmill Community Choir and Claire Louise McBride dance project, to Philadelphia’s Ami Yares, Palestine’s Luna Abu Nassar and the Japan project with Min-On Concert Association and Research Institute.

Plus, Global Song Circle will present a singing workshop with The King’s Singers as part of Global Days of Unity, also celebrated on 21 June; we’ll have a live set from Wilswood Buoys and Jack Suddaby interviews  Gio Arlotta about 70s Zambian rock band W.I.T.C.H, the subject of his film  'We Intend to Cause Havoc'.

For more information head to  or follow @MakeMusicDayUK on social media.
Notes to Editors:
Background to Make Music Day: Make Music Day is a global celebration of music that takes in over 125 countries on 21 June. The concept originates from France’s Fete de la Musique which began in 1982 and now involves two thirds of the population of France. In 2019 in the UK there were 1,103 free performances involving 29,353 performers who entertained an audience of more than 141,000 people (live in person on the day and online).  Make Music Day traditionally involves performers, venues, event organisers, volunteers and supporters, with performances in a full spectrum of musical styles, and in a variety of public spaces including libraries, hospitals, schools, town squares, train stations, parks, shopping centres, pubs, cafes and traditional gig venues. Make Music Day UK is proud to include Nicola Benedetti CBE, Sam Sweeney, Elin Manahan Thomas, and Lord Bird MBE among its ambassadors.

The official song for Make Music Day 2020 is Bring Me Sunshine supported by Hal Leonard Europe

Partners and supporters: Make Music Day UK has a network of around 100 partner organisations and supporters including

Arts Council England, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Association of British Orchestras, Creative Scotland, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Hal Leonard Europe, Incorporated Society of Musicians, International Association of Music Libraries, Libraries Connected, Making Music,
Music for All, Music Mark, Musicians Union, NAMM Foundation, NYMAZ, Orchestras Live, PRS for Music, Team London Bridge, UK Music, Voluntary Arts/Get Creative and Youth Music. The significant reach of Make Music Day is made possible by our partners’ combined networks and online presence.

Our hosts.

Kerry Anderson is a Beyond Skin #youth4peace ambassador studying conflict transformation and social justice at Queen's University Belfast. Kerry recently hosted an oline interview with Taranom who from Afghan Women's Orchestra (video link)

Mark Smulian is a musician and music producer with platanum records to his name. Mark is also a peace activist uniting young people in Palestine and Israel through music and he has worked extensively in Northern Ireland in community projects including work in mental health as the inventor of the MindHarp application.



Press Contact: Aidan Byrne - 07939 269 372

Northern Ireland contact:  Darren Ferguson - 07877756987

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