Cornwall Music Education Hub G7 Projects
We have been invited to be part of Cornwall Council's education outreach projects which will help schools to learn more about the G7 summit and the importance of having their say.
7 Songs for G7
This is an exciting new song collection for Cornwall's Primary, Secondary, SEN schools and Home Educated pupils to come together to sing and enjoy over the next few weeks leading up to, and beyond the G7 Summit being held in St Ives in June 2021.
The song collection, devised and led by Angela Renshaw (Vocal Strategy Lead CMEH), is funded by the Cornwall Music Education Hub, and forms part of Cornwall Council's G7 Educational offer.
The collection consists of seven unique, diverse songs, all home-grown, composed by Cornish composers from the age of 15 through to well-known Cornish songwriters and composers. Each song will be recorded through a collaboration with groups of schools, some working together for the first time via online links, sharing their voices and their vision for future generations and for the world's leaders to hear. The Cornwall County Choirs will also feature along with young solo artists around the county. The audio and videos created by these groups will then be available to all schools to learn and sing for themselves.
The collection's concept has Cornwall firmly at its centre, and is created for everyone to enjoy from the age of 5 through to 18.
The Cornish Gorsedh has been instrumental in its assistance of one of the songs in the collection that is written in Cornish, English and the six celtic languages, as well as Paul Whittaker who has been commissioned to compose a song that can be signed or sung.
The whole collection will be shared to schools wishing to engage and receive the song resources from the beginning of June 2021. All details can be obtained through the Cornwall Music Education Hub - firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the full song list with the release dates:
1. Cornwall my home - Harry Glasson arr Matt Douglas
This iconic Cornish song, grew even more in popularity during lockdown 2020, and was sung by countless singers and choirs all round the county and beyond. This version was arranged with permission of Harry, by Cornish composer and arranger, matt Douglas and made into a virtual choir video by the Cornwall County Choirs.
The song comes complete with that particular virtual video performance created by the singers of Cornwall County Choirs, as well as an audio sing-a-long track, a melody line score and lyrics sheet.
The song can be purchased in full SATB format should you wish to perform it in full, from the arranger Matt Douglas’s own website: mattdouglas.net
Cornwall my home - Audio - on SoundCloud
2. Kids like me - By singer-songwriter Isaac Salaman
This time it's the turn of young singer-songwriter, Isaac Salaman, student of Penrice College St Austell, with a brand new song written and performed by Isaac himself, Kids like me.
Isaac is 15 and lives in Tresillian near Truro. He was born in Cornwall but spent the first 10 years of his life living in Tanzania, East Africa. he goes to Penrice Academy, St Austell and is a member of the Cornwall County Youth Choir. He sings and plays guitar in a school rock band, leads a worship band at his church and has performed in various shows and pantos. He loves to go busking and has raised money for Children in Need over the last few years. Isaac has a passion for music and acting and is hoping to pursue a career in musical theatre in the future.
Isaac wrote this song about his experiences as a teenager in Cornwall and living through situations like the Covid pandemic. He wanted to make the point that, silly as it seems, that kids like us can make a difference to the world and should be listened to.
3. That's what Cornwall means to me - By Paul Whittaker and children of Cornwall.
A signed song using BSL.
‘That’s what Cornwall means to me’ is a great song, suitable for children in KS1 and 2 and SEN settings, composed and signed by Paul Whittaker OBE.
The song resources come in the form of two videos: a performance video in which Paul signs the whole song, and a teaching video. Paul created the song while working with pupils from several Cornish schools in mid-Cornwall along with Doubletrees and Curnow schools, and is packed full of reasons why Cornwall is special to the children who helped to create the song.
4. The World as One - By Russell Pascoe Cornish composer, performed by the singers of Cornwall County Youth Choir
‘The World as One’ composed by Cornish composer Russell Pascoe, sung by the Cornwall County Youth Choir, directed by Angela Renshaw and assisted by mentors, Cheryl Rosevear, Andy Farris, Kirsty Bailey.
This uplifting choral anthem is suitable for KS2 in single line melody or two-part setting or full four part, SATB, for older more advanced singers.
The resources include a full video to sing along with and set of lyrics.
The 2-part and SATB versions of this anthem can be acquired via Russell’s website - www.russellpascoe.co.uk
5. My Cornish Home - By Cornish singer-songwriter Sam Casey, formally of Tretherras Newquay, CCYC and now a student at BIMM doing a BMUS Songwriting.
Sam is a singer-songwriter from Newquay Cornwall. She is influenced by artists such as Nick Mulvey, Olivia Dean, JP Cooper, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Nicks. Performing both original material and covers, Sam’s acoustic and soulful vibe will have you singing along in no time! You can find her most popular single ‘Slide’ on Spotify and iTunes Sam is currently studying Songwriting at BIMM Bristol to continue her musical journey.
6. Hey Human - By folk artist Tanya Brittain. Sung by pupils of Marazion and Stoke Climsland schools.
Hey Human - Backing Track - Audio on Soundcloud
7. As I was going to St Ives - By Angela Renshaw. Performed by pupils of: Tregolls, Truro Learning Academy, Archbishop Benson, St Marys CE Truro, Polwhele, Truro High School, Truro Pre-prep and Truro Prep. A song sung in all six celtic languages, translations by the Cornish Gorsedh.
The song is a celebration of Celtic identity in which the six Celtic languages in easy counting choruses are included. With grateful thanks Bards of the Cornish Gorsedh, for these translations.
A full folk instrumental accompaniment features Cornish folk artist Stuart MacQuarrie with voices of pupils of St Marys CE Truro, Tregolls School, Truro Learning Academy, Polwhele, Archbishop Benson CE Primary School, Truro High School, Truro Prep and Pre-Prep pupils.
Our Voice, Our Future
About the project
The Our Voice, Our Future project, funded and managed by the Cornwall Music Education Hub, sets out to create a selection of songs that will ‘speak’ through music and lyrics to represent the voices of the student population within the Truro and Penwith Multi Academy Trust. These songs will be created by professional songwriters, using poems written by the students. The aim of this project is to empower the young people to get their messages across to the global leaders, whilst also learning more about the songwriting process. The songs themselves will investigate and explore topics that will form the core discussions in the June 2021 G7.
As well as writing the poems/lyrics the students are taking an active role in deciding key/tempo/style, writing chord patterns, shaping melodies (or fully written them), deciding on structure and creating instrumental parts. Students will be performing instrumentally on the tracks, as well as vocally. It is planned that the songs will be performed around the time of G7 and shared finally amongst the schools in Cornwall as a legacy of this moment in time.
As a legacy of the project, poems and artwork created by the students will be published in a book to commemorate the event.
Other G7 Music Projects
Sir Tim Rice has written a song for children around the world to sing. The song has been recorded by the Truro Cathedral Choristers and there are resources available to help children to learn the song.
Go to www.sing2g7.org for more information
Want to know more about the G7 Summit?
Further information about how young people can get involved with the G7 project can be found on the new www.y7cornwall.co.uk website