Childrens Environmental Choir

We Are the Voice Children’s Environmental Choir campaigns for the environment through the medium of music. Lifting hearts and minds and inspiring hope, they sing for the climate, oceans and trees, for the species with which we share our world and for the children’s futures.


RSNO Junior Chorus

Join one of the UK’s leading children and youth choirs for a performance of songs inspired by climate change. Directed by Patrick Barrett, members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Chorus will perform a selection of Green Songs by Bob Chilcott and a trio of Assembly Songs by Errollyn Wallen, Shruthi Rajasekar and Claire McCue, specially commissioned for COP26.


RSNO Junior Chorus

Join one of the UK’s leading children and youth choirs for a performance of songs inspired by climate change. Directed by Patrick Barrett, members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Chorus will perform a selection of Green Songs by Bob Chilcott and a trio of Assembly Songs by Errollyn Wallen, Shruthi Rajasekar and Claire McCue, specially commissioned for COP26.


Children’s eco choir

As seen on Britain’s Got Talent, S.O.S from the Kids are the children’s eco-choir that moved the hearts of millions in 2020 with their original and impactful form of climate action. Having received high praise from Sir David Attenborough, the choir has continued to go from strength to strength. Today’s dynamic performance will include spectacular visuals, showing the children of Phuyaklah Voices in West Papua -with whom the choir has been collaborating for their new song. Expect spine-tingling harmonies and beautiful live string accompaniment, all woven into a memorable live set, that delivers the choir’s compelling and important message.


5×15 at COP26 – Arts and the Imagination Hosted by Brian Eno

Just as we need climate scientists to present the facts, we need the arts and culture to help us think and feel and talk about the climate crisis at all levels. The conversation needs scientists – but it urgently needs artists too. Science discovers, Art digests. Art and culture tell us stories about other possible worlds, lives, and ways of being. A novel or a film invites us to experience an imaginary world and see how we feel about it. Culture is where our minds go to experiment, to try out new feelings. This special event on the final day of COP26 features story-tellers, artists and performers brought together by 5×15 and Brian Eno, EarthPercent and the Jaipur Literature Festival to explore the role of artists and the arts in responding to climate change. As COP26 draws to a close, we're looking forward to the road ahead and exploring the power of imagination to drive change – for humans, for animals, for flora and fauna, for soil, for oceans. Featuring Rosie Boycott, Brian Eno, Carolina Caycedo, Amitav Ghosh, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ben Okri, Charlotte Jarvis, Mirabella Okri, Olafur Eliasson, Emtithal Mahmoud, Wilson Oryema, Neil Gaiman and more. Supported by Rathbone Investment Management and Rathbones Folio Prize.


Hope Springs Eternal – A Sonic Landscape

In our contribution to COP26, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has worked in partnership with Scotland House, Scotland’s international enterprise network, to stimulate global conversations and provide a diverse range of artistic responses to the climate change debate.

In a year of reflection, and focused on the goals of COP26, we have developed a multi-disciplinary programme of new works offering a creative response from our community of young artists at RCS – Hope Springs Eternal.

Climate change, and in particular adaptation, resilience and nature, are at the forefront of this specially commissioned series. These works share how a new generation of artists can respond to what is happening in the world, and to help us understand it, question it, mourn it, celebrate it, and learn from it.

Join us to enjoy a vibrant ensemble of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland guitarists performing music inspired by climate change. Each work will be performed alongside a newly commissioned film, inspired by the music, created by RCS Film students.

Our performance of music and film will include works by Leo Brouwer, Eddie McGuire and Philip Glass with each work purposely reflecting the constancy of change: we can either contribute positively to evolution by harmonising with nature and working together to forge a brighter future- or stand by in placid ignorance.

This performance will tour, travelling by bicycle, to small venues and schools in and around Glasgow as well as feature in the British Council-supported ‘Climate Portal’ that will act as a global portal to creativity, collaboration and conversation, connecting Scotland to the rest of the world.

Tim Beattie
Finlay Hay
Dominika Dawidowska
Lenny Rannallo


Retro/Future ‘I am not just water. But life itself. I have seen the ships come and go. And now? Who will harness my power for good?’

Over the course of six months, Tron Young Company, Letters to the Earth and ÚNA Festival have supported six young Glaswegians to exchange with young activists in Colombia exploring ideas around climate change and indigenous place-based wisdom. The research has fed directly into the creation of a new audio theatre piece, Retro/Future.

Looking to the future from the past, and looking at the past from the future. A cycle of life and of water. Clutha, the Goddess of the Clyde, takes us on a journey along the River Clyde to tell her story of what she has seen and where we are going. Exploring what we hope for, what we have inherited from our ancestors, and what we wanted our world to look like when our future was still ahead of us.

Tron Young Company will launch Retro/Future with a short documentary film followed by an opportunity to directly address the audience, and share experiences and learning from the cultural exchange.

Through ÚNA Festival, Indigenous Elders will bring to life Clutha, the Goddess of the river. They will invoke the goddess of the water, offer a ‘blessing’ of the waters from their traditions, which will give both the Young Company and the Glaswegian audience an experience unlike they would have encountered before.

Letters to the Earth with complement this audio-visual act by facilitating dialogue between everyone in the venue –Tron Young Company, Indigenous Elders and the audience too, encouraging them to deeply consider their hopes, dreams and fears for the future and to write and share their own Letters to the Earth.


Climate, in the Visceral Sense. An Ongoing Story in Three Acts

How does this moment feel? The last 18 months has taught us something: that over-intellectualizing crisis after crisis in our heads is very different to experiencing it for ourselves – to feel it hitting us in our hearts, in our real lives, in our collective consciousness.

This is not a time for analysis, for frameworks, for yet more theory; this is a time to dive into the emotions we are experiencing and to channel them toward creating actual change. We owe this to current and future generations. We invite you to join us for this experiential session, exploring the role creativity, design, storytelling and innovation have in facilitating emotional connections to the future. This is a COP event like no other!

Drawing on the stories of Welsh communities – we want to build on our collective narrative which binds us internationally.

“By telling our personal stories of challenges we have faced, choices we have made, and what we learned from the outcomes, we can inspire others and share our own wisdom. Because stories allow us to express our values not as abstract principles, but as lived experience, they have the power to move others.” – Marshall Ganz

An interactive session to reflect and share diverse narratives in our response to the challenges ahead. The session will include examples of performance art from Wales, multi-media videos, and the use of storytelling.

This is a personal, emotionally-resonant event on the last morning of the COP26 Summit that acts as both catalyst and convener of attendees in Glasgow, but more importantly, as a kick-off to rolling conversations that continue globally afterwards, pass from small community to small community, and small nation to small nation, building momentum and advocacy.
Delivered by Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in partnership with IDEO.


Glasgow Meets New Orleans, Africa and the World: Climate Change Impacts Culture, Music and All of Us

Glasgow and New Orleans are both Cultural hubs, meccas for Culture bearers from the worlds of Music, Art and Performance. This Partnership and Collaboration developed over the last several years between those from the Performance worlds in both cities, and academics and scientists focused on Climate Change and how devastating weather events affect the diverse peoples who are ALSO the Musicians, Artists and Performers and a Historian who links them as well as serves as an expert on the impact of Hurricanes on a cultural city.

These two port cities are also linked through the historical reality of colonialism and the slave trade, but the upside of this is a deeply rich and very present celebration of the coming together of diverse cultures through this Performance of Music and Spoken Word. We have chosen speakers and musicians from both Glasgow and New Orleans, both in person and pre-recorded, to create a rich one-hour spoken, visual and musical performance during this global event. Hurricane Ida only serves to underline the importance of this Collaboration.

Dr. Charles Chamberlain is a New Orleans Historian and the Curator of the permanent Exhibit on Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Vivian Norris is a Creatuve Industries expert working with many years in Cultural Festivals around the world. GABO is a Glasgow-based, Afro-Celtic group of musicians, including co-founder, Lene de Montaigu on balafon, who moved to Glasgow from New Orleans and met Ghanian balafon player/singer Soulay Puliman, as well as the members of the Glasgow-based, contemporary Jazz group, Amara. GABO includes students from the Glasgow School of Art, teachers from the University of Edinburgh, immigrants from the Global South… and so this journey, weaving together two cities and many cultures began…


Red River Poetry: Listening to a Polluted River

A poetry performance of poems written for the AHRC-funded Red River: Listening to a Polluted project, plus films and sound-art works made for the project. Ideas explored include: what does it mean to restore a natural habitat? To what state do we restore it?

One of the key points of the focus of the Red River project is to explore the relationship between existing landscape aesthetics and biodiversity: paradoxically the ugly, damaged places along the banks of the Red River are the most bio-diverse. How do we protect these and enhance their complexity through engaging local communities in reevaluating the importance of these places through creative writing and other creative practices?

As a consequence of the global pandemic and its relationship to the climate crisis it has become more important than ever to recognise the importance of the restorative powers of nature on our doorstep. It will appeal to anyone interested in poetry and the way in which language can reframe and reevaluate our relationship to nature as being part of it and not apart from it.


Being Salmon, Being Human

The acclaimed storytelling and yoik performance “Being Salmon, Being Human” is inspired by Dr. Martin Lee Mueller’s award-winning book by the same name. The performance takes us on a journey through the extraordinary lives of wild salmon – sentient beings who are born in rivers, traverse the oceans, and return towards the end of their lives to their birth rivers to spawn and gift forward more life.

The performance explores what becomes of this awe-inspiring creature and her journey in the face of an expansive, profit-driven feedlot industry. Mueller appears on stage alongside renowned circumpolar sound poet Torgeir Vassvik and folklorist and storyteller Tiril Bryn. The storytelling unfolds alongside Vassvik’s evocative, haunting soundscape.

Together we take a deep-dive into the pancultural encounter between humans and their wild and domesticated animal companions, into stories told since time immemorial, practical knowledge passed on through the generations, and wisdom carried into our time through ancient music. We encounter some of the warriors who have recently stood up in defence of traditional fishing rights and territories. And we encounter her, the sentient being.

Born with a fierce determination to tune in to the speech of all things – to rain shower, lunar cycle, earth’s magnetism, algae bloom, or blue whale’s thousand-mile chant – she learns, as she matures, to think like the ocean. She becomes the ocean thinking itself within her. What is it like to be her? What is it like to be her feedlot cousin, whose life cycle is determined by the demands of a global capital market? How do we grasp that modern story of exploitation? And what clues do we find both in the wisdom of old and in contemporary science to stand up against the suffering of these present days, to unweave dysfunctional stories, and to re-story the ancient human-Earth relationship?


Migrant Justice = Climate Justice

Good Chance and guests explore the joint issues of migrant justice and climate justice in this special event.

The climate crisis is forcing people to move, and it will force millions more to move in the future. The issue of safe passage is an urgent one.

Little Amal, a young refugee and 3.5m high puppet, has just completed a remarkable 8000km journey – The Walk, produced by Good Chance Theatre in association with Handspring Puppet Company.

Along the way, Amal met with refugees like her, many affected directly by the consequences of the climate crisis. As borders are raised, how should we respond to this growing need to move to find safety?

In the heart of COP26, Good Chance Theatre will chair a discussion with:

  • Onjali Rauf, author of Sunday Times bestselling children’s book, The Boy at the Back of the Class, and founder and CEO of Making Herstory and O’s Refugee Aid Team
  • Kim Bryan, Director of Communications at international climate organisation 350.org
  • Josie Naughton, CEO of global refugee support organisation Choose Love
  • A Connect4Climate young leader discussing the outcomes of the recent Pre-COP26 Youth4Climate summit
  • A panellist from The Global Youth Climate Inquiry, an initiative of One Young World, Mishcon de Reya LLP and the Democracy and Culture Foundation

Together they will explore the intersections of climate, migration and the urgent need to shape new narratives for our changing future.

In partnership with 350.org, Choose Love, Connect4Climate – World Bank Group, One Young World, Mishcon de Reya LLP, Democracy and Culture Foundation



“Into the Amazon” (Musical production)

Founder and trustee of the charitable trust “Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust” and internationally acclaimed virtuoso cellist and composer, Emily Burridge will perform her solo cello composition “Into the Amazon”.

With her extraordinary ability to incorporate looping technology whilst performing, she recreates her multi tracked compositions and accompanies her field recordings of the natural environment and traditional singing of the Xavante tribe of the Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Through the vehicle of this concert she aims to inspire both young and old alike as she transmits to the audience an experience of a day from dawn to dusk in an Indian village in the Amazon. Hailed as a spell binding performance. (“Into the Amazon” is twenty- five minutes long)

“Sisters in the Forest” is a new work and single release originally composed in response to the current plight of uncontacted tribes in the Amazon forest, Brazil. This composition is accompanied by stunning visual projections of tribal “sisters” by photographer Sue Cunningham and co-creator of the award winning book “Spirit of the Amazon” by Sue and Patrick Cunningham.

Reviews: In 2019 a reviewer wrote ‘Emily Burridge lifts the subtle art of cello to new dimensions with her inspirational, moody, soulful and joyous musicianship. This is cello to lift the spirit, harmonise with the emotions and take you on a journey’

Tribes Alive charitable trust

Emily Burridge website

“Into the Amazon” production on Emily’s website

“Into the Amazon” on Apple Music

“Into the Amazon” on Spotify


Green Career Pathways

The Green Career Pathways event examines and debates the roles of education, training and employment in delivering a resilient and equitable transition to net zero.

Following a keynote presentation on The Role of Education & Skills in UK and Global Climate Action the expert panel will provide insights into Navigating A Green Career Pathway.

Panellists will discuss the challenges their sectors face in terms of education, skills and jobs in a climate emergency, and the actions required to deliver green career pathways that ensure a fair and economy-wide alignment with the Paris climate goals.

Our panel represents leading expertise drawn from industry, education and policy arenas, and focussed on realising the net zero transition:

Rhona Turnbull, Climate, Environment and Emerging Issues Lead at NatWest Group

Charlotte Bonner, National Head of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at ETF, and member of the COP26 Universities Education & Skills steering group

Catherine Barber, Deputy Director, Industrial Energy Transformation, BEIS, UK Government

Jenny Young, Head of Strategy, Policy & Insights, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, and member of the COP26 Universities Education & Skills steering group

The panel will be chaired by Prof Dave Reay, Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, University of Edinburgh, member of the UK Government’s Green Jobs Taskforce.


Arctic Free

“Arctic Free”, a visually stunning multimedia presentation, reveals the urgency to safeguard the Arctic Ocean in its entirety for the sake of our collective survival. Presented by the international nonprofit Parvati Foundation, it features beautiful footage with testimonials by scientists, youth and luminaries about the importance of the ocean.