Our Christmas single! “The 12 Months of Culture”

Watch the video here! https://youtu.be/Lkk0KudCXLg

Today we launched our very first Charity Christmas single, with an accompanying music video, to be sent out as our e-Christmas card and raise money! The song is a new version of the 12 Days of Christmas where lyrics have been rewritten to celebrate all things Hull and our fantastic city of culture year.

Rose James, Partnership Manager at HEY Children’s University explained how the idea came about:

“The HEY CU team were talking about putting together some sort of Christmas song to raise funds and we thought that The 12 Days of Christmas would be really fun to re-write with a Hull theme. So I started putting together some lyrics and the “12 Months of Culture” was born. It was my colleague Chris who then came up with the brilliant idea of sending it out as an e-Christmas card too”

The usual “turtle doves”, “French hens” and “calling birds” have been given the Hull treatment and are now “Larkin toads” “Dead Bods” and “Volunteers”. The focal line of “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” celebrates Hull icon Jean “Busy Bee” Bishop -“A lady dressed as a bee”.

With a team of only 6 full time staff at HEY Children’s University, it was clear that we would need some help to make the project a reality, so Rose contacted Wayne Willis at yesyesBD, a Hull-based creative consultancy, and he kindly agreed to help arrange the recording of the song and the filming of the video.

“The other difficulty we faced was the funding of the project” Rose told us, “so Wayne put me in touch with Smailes Goldie to see if they could help”

Smailes Goldie loved the idea of the project and agreed to be the sole sponsor. The accountancy firm are also using the video, in which some of their staff appear, as their e-Christmas card.

Peter Dearing, Partner at Smailes Goldie said “Throughout 2017 our staff has volunteered and supported various cultural events in the city as part of the City of Culture year.  When HEY Children’s University contacted us about the “12 months of Culture” we loved the idea and were happy to help. The Children’s University has provided life changing experiences to the young people in Hull.”

The song was recorded at the Portobello Methodist Church with local choir Do Re Mi providing the vocals. The Choir will perform the song at their Christmas concert this weekend and will be fundraising for HEY Children’s University at the event.

The accompanying music video was shot over 2 days in key locations around Hull. Over 40 volunteers took part in the project including Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell, BBC Look North’s Peter Levy and “Face of Hull” Kofi Smiles.

“We are incredibly grateful to Smailes Goldie for sponsoring the project and we hope that everyone enjoys the video as much as we do!” Rose said.

The song is available to download from all major digital stores. All profits will be donated towards helping children living in disadvantaged areas of Hull and the East Riding.