Cornish school children release single ahead of G7 Summit in Cornwall

Children from schools at opposite ends of Cornwall have teamed up to sing a message to the G7 leaders, ahead of the summit next week. 

Children from Marazion School near Penzance and Stoke Climsland School near Callington are releasing a version of Hey Human, a song written by Cornwall-based songwriter Tanya Brittain.

The single is one of the 7 Songs for G7, a project developed by Cornwall Council’s Education Music Hub and delivered by the Cornwall County Choirs.

Angela Renshaw, Cornwall Music Education Hub’s Vocal Strategy Lead, said: “Giving their voices to Cornwall’s wildlife, the children hope that the world’s prime ministers and presidents will listen to the song, consider the lyrics, stop beating about the bush and help to save the planet.”

The 7 Songs for G7 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 vision for future generations and for the world's leaders to hear.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Barbara Ellenbroek, said: “The G7 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire children and young people. It’s fantastic to see so many people taking part and expressing their voices and opinions through song, children’s assemblies and through action in schools.” 

It’s hoped that a series of massed choir performances will take place across the UK in 2022, when schools, groups and community choirs will be able to add their voices to the campaign. The first host venue to sign-up is National Trust Stowe Gardens, in Buckinghamshire. 

The sheet music and backing track are available free of charge from the Cornwall Music Education Hub to encourage participation.

The Cornwall Music Education Hub is part of Cornwall Council and is funded by the Department for Education, through Arts Council England. 

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