A song celebrating Hull’s culture, history and talent is being released today with the help of hundreds of school children and a few well-known faces.
The project, Song For Hull, has brought together talented youngsters from across the city to perform with G4’s Jonathan Ansell, The Garnett Family and rapper NB, and is part of Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme.
The song, Culture Clash, written by NB and produced by Alstrumental was inspired by poems about Hull written by schoolchildren. It is available to purchase today on all major digital platforms and a music video capturing the heart of Hull starring children across the city alongside Jonathan Ansell, The Garnett Family and NB has also been released today.
NB said: “Every lyric in the song was inspired by the tremendously creative poems written by primary school children from across the city. To take their words and shape them into a song that many of them are actually singing on has been an amazing experience”.
The song will be performed for the first time at a special Hull City Hall concert on 20 Oct. At the concert, 200 children from schools across the city will be joined by NB, Helen Garnett, the Hey! Let’s Sing Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff choir (who performed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2016) and Jonathan Ansell.
Martin Gore, a member of the Hey! Let’s Sing choir and former chair of Hull Children’s University, explained how he wanted children in Hull to have the same unforgettable experience.
He 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?”
Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “Our Creative Communities Programme has seen thousands of people across Hull getting involved in their City of Culture year, with children’s creativity being particularly inspiring.
“This has been a mammoth collaboration and an incredible journey for these children who have taken part in every step of the process, from helping write the lyrics, recording and next week performing the fantastic Song for Hull in front of hundreds of people at Hull City Hall.”
Song For Hull takes place on Fri 20 Oct at 7pm. Tickets are available from £15.