This term the Music Service is offering secondary school and sixth form students and staff a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On Wednesday 15th November hundreds of young musicians from across the city will join together to play and sing as part of our massed ensemble ‘#HearHull’ for the Music for Youth Proms.
We will be performing a new work created for the occasion by composer and music service teacher Dr. Tom Lawrence entitled ‘Swerving East’ which sets some of the poetry of Philip Larkin to music evoking the city and its people.
All secondary school and sixth form college singers and instrumentalists are invited to perform, whatever they play, whatever standard they are and regardless of whether they read music or not! There will be support from music service staff to help pupils learn the music and workshops taking place in schools to help them get a sense of how the piece fits together.
Below are three mp3 files of the Sibelius version of the piece to give you an idea of how it goes along with vocal parts, lyrics and backing tracks for those who want to sing in the choir. For more information please contact the music service (01482 318800), consult our website (www.hullmusichub.com) or the Music for Youth website (www.mfy.org.uk).
Swerving East – Vocal Track
Swerving east, from rich industrial shadows
And traffic all night north; swerving through fields
Too thin and thistled to be called meadows,
And now and then a harsh-named halt, that shields
Workmen at dawn; swerving to solitude
Of skies and scarecrows, haystacks, hares and pheasants,
And the widening river’s slow presence,
The piled gold clouds, the shining gull-marked mud,
Gathers to the surprise of a large town:
Here domes and statues, spires and cranes cluster
Beside grain-scattered streets, barge-crowded water,
And residents from raw estates, brought down
The dead straight miles by stealing flat-faced trolleys,
Push through plate-glass swing doors to their desires—
Here silence stands.
#HearHull performers will also need to learn Music for Youth’s grand finale song – ‘Shine the Light Bright’, which all participants of the prom concert will perform together at the end of the concert.
Shine the Light Bright