Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to write lyrics to music set by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Daniel Kidane in response to COVID-19

Huddersfield Choral Society has commissioned two new works in response to the global pandemic, with lyrics written by Huddersfield-born Simon Armitage

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Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has been commissioned by the Huddersfield Choral Society to write lyrics to two new works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Daniel Kidane respectively, both written in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Armitage, who was born in Huddersfield, asked each member of the ensemble to send him one word that summed up their experience of lockdown. The lyrics to his two songs – We’ll Sing and The Song Thrush and the Mountain Ash – were set to music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Daniel Kidane, who worked with Armitage throughout the process.

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Music videos have been created for each new work, which will receive their world premiere on 28 November at 7.30pm.