A nationwide project marking this historic time, A Song for Us celebrates our communities and the power of music to bring us together. This Is The Kit & Bucky (Bristol), Seth Lakeman (Devon), Skinny Pelembe (South Yorkshire) and Gwenno (Cornwall) have written new songs inspired by the people of their county.
Performed by local choirs and musicians, the first four new songs are live now to watch at asongforus.org, marking the first anniversary of lockdown 1. Gavin Bryars’ song for East Riding will premiere in April, and thanks to funding from Arts Council England, a further ten new songs will premiere throughout the year until March 2022.
FIRST FOUR COUNTY SONGS
A Song for Cornwall - Meur ras dhia Gernow (Thank you from Kernow) by Gwenno. Performed by Kernow Bedroom Choir and singers from across Cornwall.
A Song for Devon - How We Remember by Seth Lakeman.
Performed by Seth and singers from across Devon, including Wren Music’s choirs and Barnstaple Community Choir
A Song for Bristol - Trousers Optional by This is The Kit & Bucky
Performed by This is The Kit, Bucky and The Fantasy Orchestra
A Song for South Yorkshire – Field Notes #2 by Skinny Pelembe
Performed by Rainbow Connection and The Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra
THANK YOU! We have had over 200 original songs and tracks added to the music map. It's really wonderful listening to your choices and discovering what these songs mean to you. Take some time out and listen to the uplifting and moving musical time capsule here.
Image credit: A Song for South Yorkshire, Rainbow Connection and Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra