Kirsty Baird awarded the British Empire Medal

2020 has been a year that nobody is going to forget in a hurry but what better way to end it than being awarded with a BEM?

So yes it’s true, when Kirsty first receive and email saying that she would be in the New Years Honours list, she thought it was a wind up. Even when she read it through to her best friend, she was told to see if ‘someone was asking her for money or her bank details’ Now that it has sank in and she indeed appeared on Breakfast TV talking to Charlie Stayt she is very proud, humbled and thinks it is ‘pretty cool’

This year has been horrific for some, it’s been trying for others and all we did here at Sing in the City was stick together, think outside the box, look out for people who needed a comforting word or two and continue doing what we do best. Entertain, fundraise, community work and build friendships.

Through out 2020 we have continued to sing. We had to find another way to do it but we still had music in our life. Annette Hanley and Kirsty performed every Friday night on a facebook live for an hour of free music where they also chatted to people on the page. Sing in the City moved everything online from zoom choir rehearsals, fitness, guitar, yoga and art classes to zoom bingo.

The Hanley and the Baird band had a number 3 hit single with Follow the Rainbows. Kirsty started her own radio station Chief Radio which she is now in a battle with the official charts to get the official Scottish Chart reistated (sign the petition right here) and then finally to top off the year, she is awarded the BEM which she happily accepts on behalf of the entire team. Read some of the online articles.

Kirsty Baird awarded the British Empire Medal – The Edinburgh Reporter

Edinburgh choir leader who brought musical joy online recognised in honours | Edinburgh News (

Edinburgh choir leader recognised in New Years honours – Scottish News (

Kirsty Baird, Sing in the City. Photo: © 2020, Martin P. McAdam