Singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will join forces with 200 Kirklees primary schoolchildren for a concert which promises to be “out of this world.”
Beth’s latest astronomy-themed album The Mighty Sky inspired the collaboration with choirs from Netherthong Primary, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary, Farnley Tyas First, Lindley Juniors, Thornhill Junior and Infant School, Dewsbury, and Norristhorpe Junior and Infants in Liversedge.
Nashville-based Beth said: “Making this record has been the most fun I’ve ever had. I learned tons of cool stuff I never knew about astronomy.”
Organisers hope that a day of science-inspired events culminating in The Mighty Sky concert will spark the imaginations of future scientists and musicians alike.
A pack is being developed based on the album for music services to use in the future to create their own performances and events.
Kirklees is one of only two music education hubs invited to help launch the project in the UK.
Thom Meredith, musical director of the youth orchestra and principal at Kirklees Music School, and Nick Dolling, assistant principal at the music school, have been commissioned to arrange pieces especially for the concert.
Thom said: “It’s a privilege to be part of something so exciting. Our preparations are well under way and I know that all the hard work put in by our young musicians and schools will make for a truly memorable day.”
The school choirs are now busy rehearsing.
The Mighty Sky is described as a “science song project” meant to inspire and teach about the mysteries and wonders of the universe. It was nominated for a Grammy as Best Children’s Album in 2014.
Concert tickets, starting at £6, are available from the Huddersfield Town Hall box office on 01484 223200.