7 Sep 2017

Song For Hull

Primary school children co-write song lyrics for star studded show

The Deep, pattie butties, Amy Johnson, Hull Fair, William Wilberforce and the Bee Lady have all been mentioned in a selection of fantastic poems written by primary school children as part of an exciting Hull UK City of Culture 2017 project.

The poems, written by children aged 8-10 years, from eight schools across the city, will be used to form a special Song For Hull, performed for the first time at a star-studded performance at Hull City Hall on Friday 20 October.

The poems include lines such as:
“Home to chip spice. Although it says it’s American, it’s made in Hull!'”

“City of sports and culture, understand our stand, love peace and fairness, this is how we live in HULL!”

 “We will build this town together. And we will forever. 

The song is being written by Hull rapper NB (formerly known as Nineties Boy) and Helen Garnett, who shot to fame last year singing with her daughters as The Garnett Family on Britain’s Got Talent.

At the performance in October, 240 children from the eight schools will be joined by NB, Helen Garnett, the Hey! Let’s Sing Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff choir – who also performed on Britain’s Got Talent last year, as well as G4 and X Factor star Jonathan Ansell.

The project is a collaboration between Hull Children’s University, the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff choir, Hey! Let’s Sing, All For One Choirs and HPSS, supported by Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme.

Martin Gore, a member of the Hey! Let’s Sing choir and former chair of Hull Children’s University, said: “The Hey! Let’s Sing choir had its own Britain’s Got Talent experience last year, when we travelled down to Birmingham to perform for Simon Cowell and the other judges in the magnificent Hippodrome. It was at that moment, when I was on stage, that it struck me; shouldn’t every child in Hull be able to have a similar, awe-inspiring experience?

“Upon our return, we got our heads together with members of Hull Children’s University and HPSS to develop the idea as a way of showcasing local talent and giving youngsters in Hull a unique and exciting experience.”

Lucy Vere is the head of organisational development at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and one of the founding members of the HEY! Let’s Sing hospital staff choir.

“The HEY Let’s Sing choir comprises hospital staff who share a love of singing, and understand just how uplifting and powerful music can be in bringing people together,” Lucy said.

Tickets for the event are on sale now from £15.

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