A Song For Us

14th January - 23rd March

A Song for Us celebrates our communities and the power of music to bring us together. As part of a national music project, Gavin Bryars is creating a new song inspired by the people of East Riding performed by a local ensemble. It will be streamed online from 23 March 2021 at asongforus.org alongside other new songs by Skinny Pelembe (South Yorkshire), This is the Kit & Bucky (Bristol) and Seth Lakeman (Devon).

From January 2021, budding songsmiths are invited to upload their own songs to the website. Or anyone can simply share a song that holds special meaning and help create a musical map of the UK.

A Song for Us celebrates creativity in everyone; whether performing, composing, or listening. Produced by Sound UK in partnership with Junction Goole, Higher Rhythm, Bristol Music Trust, Exeter Phoenix, Beaford Arts and Villages in Action.

Born in Goole and still a season ticket holder for Goole Town FC, Gavin Bryars has continually shunned convention, treading his own distinctive and unique path. Starting as a jazz bassist and pioneer of free improvisation with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, he worked with John Cage in the late 60s. Early iconic pieces The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet achieved great popular success. Since this time Bryars has composed four operas, a large body of chamber music, several concertos and a soundtrack to the Goole-Hull train journey.

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