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Local pupils celebrate Hull City's success by leading Football Chants

13 March 2008

Young people in Hull will have the chance to learn football chants from around the world this Spring to celebrate the success of Hull City this season and help cheer them on with their push for promotion.

Photocall: Football Chants will be sung by the pupils from Longhill Primary School on the KC Stadium Terraces, on Wednesday 19th March. Come to the Football in the Community Office in the East Stand at 3.45pm to meet the group.

Run by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - the Football Chants project has been funded by the Arts Council of England and kicked off this week in special after-school workshops. Pupils from Longhill Primary School have been sharing, composing and performing their own chants along with learning percussion instruments. The sessions are designed to be fun and extremely noisy with drums, hooters and sirens on hand to accompany their songs for the terraces.

The scheme has been timed to co-incide with the point the football season comes to a thrilling close, and is made all the more exciting now the local team is chasing a place to top flight football for the first time in their history.

Led by Music4U community musicians Mike Allan and Peter Moran, the project is aimed at pupils from Year 5 and is designed to build confidence and encourage self-expression through the composition of their own songs and chants. It is intended that the Football Chant sessions will not only be enjoyable but will also improve singing skills in the school.

The musicians are currently visiting Longhill Primary School for after-school workshops with a special chance for the pupils to visit the KC Stadium and practice on the terraces of the East Stand on Wednesday 19th March at 3.30pm. The visit has been supported by the Hull City Football in the Community Officers who were more than happy to get involved in the scheme. It is also expected that Roary the Tiger, Hull City's mascot will make an appearance on the day to meet the pupils and join in! The workshops will then culminate in a performance to celebrate what the participants have achieved in school assembly on Thursday 20th March.

Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U added: "It is hoped that the project will interest all pupils and provide an interesting way to get involved in singing. They will have the opportunity to get actively involved and make up their own chants to sing to back Hull City's push for promotion!"

Similar workshops are also being run in North East Lincolnshire. More details are available on the Music4U website at www.humber-music4u.com

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Press Contact: Melanie Paris on 01904 632220 or Sam Sumerfield on 07968 558118
E Mail: press@humber-music4u.com
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Editors Notes:

This project was organised by Music4U - The Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at http://www.humber-music4u.com/

Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. More info is available at http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/