Children across the city have written a Song for Hull

Published: Tuesday 17th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Song for Hull aims to raise the aspirations of children in Hull and East Yorkshire.

The event is a collaboration between Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University and the NHS Choir.

“Seven school choirs from across the region have been working with local rap artist Nineties Boy, The Garnett Family and G4’s Jonathan Ansell to create a song specially for Hull,” explains Natasha Barley, Director of Children’s University.

Established over two decades ago, the charity provides unique learning experiences for youngsters across Hull and East Yorkshire. Its main aim is to build confidence in young people, allow them to discover their hidden talents, and inspire them to believe that they can achieve their dreams. With one in three children in our city growing up in poverty, the organisation’s work is essential in enabling the next generation to strive for success.

“The songs are going to be amazing. There are twenty to thirty children in each choir, who will all be performing their songs on the night, alongside Jonathan Ansell, The Garnett Family and the Hull NHS Choir,” adds Natasha.

“I think for the children to have the opportunity to go somewhere like Hull City Hall and to stand up on stage in front of over 1,000 people and sing is fantastic. It’s a brilliant confidence-building event and perhaps a once in a lifetime moment for the majority of the children.”

Natasha and her team really wanted to get involved as much as possible in the Hull UK City of Culture year: “We bid for one of the City of Culture Community Grants and were successful. This money went into putting the concert together. We really wanted to give children in the city the platform to be able to participate in the events and engage with culture.”

This is the first time Song for Hull has ever been organised; however, both Natasha and the other organisations involved hope that the event will leave a lasting legacy:

“Our dream would be to turn this into an annual event. We’re hoping to generate enough funds so that this can continue to be a part of our work with local schools. Fundraising will be taking place on the evening to create some general revenue for the charity.”

The project seamlessly fits with the ethos of the charity, explicitly giving kids a taste of what it could be like to perform in front of audiences when they get older. Other experience days that take place throughout the year include a trip to the BBC building to find out how they record, edit and present the news, a sleepover at the Natural History Museum, and visits to local businesses to learn about different jobs and industries.

“Song for Hull is not yet sold out – there are still a few tickets left. We’d love for Hull City Hall to be full to ensure that this is a truly memorable and impactful experience for our children,” Natasha enthuses.

Song for Hull takes place on Friday 20 October. You can find out more information and purchase tickets via the Hull 2017 website. Meanwhile, further details about the work of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University can be found here.

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Published: Tuesday 17th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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