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Thank You From This Is The Kit & Bucky

We’ve had a fantastic response to our city-wide callout for creative submissions for A New Song For Bristol – we’ve been honoured and inspired as Bristolians from all over the city have shared their creative reflections on their experiences of life in Bristol over the last year. (You can explore some of the submissions here.)

Now, New Song For Bristol artist Kate Stables (This Is The Kit) and Bristol-based duo Bucky are starting work in earnest on their song which is inspired by the creations Bristolians have sent in.

We spoke to Kate to find out how they’ve been getting on and their impressions of the public submissions.

A “beautiful and moving archive of people’s lives”

“It was a real honour to be asked to take part in this project. Bristol is very much my UK home base ‘BandQ’ – HQ – so to get to work on this community creative project is a real heart sweller.

And then on top of that, there’s the fact that I get to work with Bucky. Bristol based power duo Simon and Joff! Outstanding musicians and songwriters. I’m a huge fan and feel very lucky that they were up for working on this together.

So already the project was off to a pretty great start. And then The Beacon handed over to us all the submissions from the public! Reading and listening through it all was so moving. The generosity and honesty and creativity of everyone who has contributed ideas and poems and thoughts, not to mention fully formed songs!

It’s been pretty emotional going through it all and seeing all the amazing documentation and experiences and thoughts of so many Bristol residents from this past year. It’s been a huge privilege to  read through everyone’s work.

From hand written letters from Bristolians who are in their 80’s to 8 year olds sharing their views on missing live music.

And throughout all of the submissions there is a really strong sense of community and perseverance and patience and creativity and humour, that Bristol should be very proud of.

The task of  reducing it all down into a concentrated paste of one single song was quite daunting. To try and make a piece of music that honours and does justice to the all the amazing work that was sent in. I hope that what we’ve written does it some kind of justice!

I would say though that for me this project is about people taking part and sharing their experiences in a creative way. A collective project that has resulted in this beautiful and moving archive of people’s lives during the year that was 2020.”

A Song For Us

The song that Kate and Bucky are creating will also form Bristol’s county song for A Song For Us, Sound UK’s national project which celebrates our communities and the power of music to bring us together.

You can find out more about A Song For Us, and submit a favourite track to their music map on the A Song For Us website.

Once composition is complete, This Is The Kit & Bucky’s final song will be performed by Bristol’s Fantasy Orchestra, and premiered on Sound UK and Bristol Beacon’s website, on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the start of the first national lockdown.

More details of this performance will be released soon – keep an eye on our e-newsletter and social media channels for announcements.

Submit your creation to A New Song For Bristol

A New Song for Bristol is a city-wide invitation for everyone to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of Bristol in 2020, creatively expressed through words and music.

We’re still collecting creative submissions for A New Song For Bristol to be included in our heritage archive – Get inspired with our creative tips, including how to submit here:

bristolbeacon.org/ANewSongForBristol.

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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