Hillingdon's history encapsulated in music as 300 singers take part in Uxbridge

Hillingdon's history encapsulated in music as 300 singers take part in Uxbridge Caption: The assembled choirs join the RAF band for the finale of the Anthem concert.

The history of Hillingdon has been encapsulated through music as part of a project involving more than 300 singers and performers from the area.

The concert project called 'Anthem! A borough sings' explored and celebrated the heritage of Hillingdon and its residents, all drawn from their real life experiences both past and present.

Hillingdon Council’s Music Hub brought together ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds to create a multimedia performance of original material themed around Hillingdon.
The evening culminated in a performance of the Hillingdon Anthem.

See a video below from the council detailing the area's history.

This was newly composed with lyrics inspired by the borough’s coat of arms. It was sung by all the participants, accompanied by the Central Band of the RAF.
Lyricists and songwriters created original songs which were performed by children from participating schools and several community groups, with special guests being the RAF Marching band for the finale in front of the Mayor of Hillingdon.

Producer/composer Suzy Davies, composer Cameron Griffiths and writer Daljit Nagra created original songs performed by the six participating schools.

The choirs and community groups which performed at the final concert this month were:

Bishop Ramsey Secondary School
Harmondsworth Primary School
Hayes Park Primary School
Heathrow Primary School
Oak Farm Junior School
Yeading Junior School
Community House Women's Groups
Hillingdon Gurkha Nepalese Community Youth Club
Dhaqan Arts (Somali Folk Music and Dance)
Balcony Shirts Band
Hillingdon Community Choir

The final concert took place at the Eastern Gateway Building at Brunel University.

Cllr Richard Lewis, cabinet member for central services, culture and heritage said: “This innovative project has been a long time in the planning. We hope that the Arts Council of England can judge that Hillingdon Council can deliver fabulous musical activities for its residents and continue to fund our lively music programme with all the benefits that community singing brings.”

Suzy Davies, singing co-ordinator for Hillingdon Borough and Anthem! producer, said: “I couldn't be more delighted with it. What we all achieved together was very special indeed. I'm particularly proud of all the schoolchildren who took part. They were an absolute credit to their teachers, themselves and their schools. Each and every one of them sang their hearts out - which is exactly what it was all about. The full audience standing ovation at the finale said it all!”
More concerts are planned throughout the year.

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