Thousands of children across 14 time zones sing for G7 leaders demanding help for the needy
Nearly 1,400 children from 14 time zones came together to sing a fiery message to G7 leaders, performing a song written by music legend Sir Tim Rice.
Sing2G7, hosted at Truro Cathedral by local choir singers, saw children from around the world join a “global mega zoom” call and sing together live.
Performing Gee Seven, a song intended for G7 world leaders who were in Carbis Bay this weekend, the international choir told powerful figures not to “let the others down.”
The song itself was written by Sir Tim, the musical author who co-wrote – among many others – Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Sir Tim hoped the song would grab the attention of world leaders and also help inspire young people involved to get involved in world affairs.
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While leaders from the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Canada, EU, Australia, South Korea and from South Africa arrived in Cornwall for the summit on Friday June 11, the choir performed the song.
As residents of these G7 countries, the children of Tokyo woke up late at night, while those in the United States got up at dawn to participate.
Children from each country took turns conducting the song, including Jess, 11, from Crowan School in Cornwall, who said of the event: “I really liked it today because everything everyone was here and it was really nice to see everyone. ”
Rosa, a ten-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, led the hard-hitting final chorus of Gee Seven, which unfolded:
Gee Seven – let the nation speak to the nation,
Gee Seven – don’t let others down,
Gee Seven – don’t forget the less fortunate,
Gee Seven – or we’ll kick you out of town.
Speaking to the BBC on the day of the performance, Sir Tim said: “’So much about number seven has been around longer than we have been. The rainbows, the seven days of creation, the seven continents.
“I didn’t really want to write a song about Joe Biden and everyone. It didn’t inspire me as much as the idea of the number seven going back to history. We have only been here for a short time on this planet.
“So let’s not forget that the planet is and that the entire universe is something bigger than what we or will ever understand.”
Speaking of the song’s fiery final line, Sir Tim added: “Well I just wanted to say if you don’t think about less fortunate people then you don’t deserve to come and have a reunion mean I I mean somehow in a non-vicious way.
“If you don’t do a good job, you will be absent. It’s democracy, fundamentally, I think.
The approximately 1,400 children of the Zoom call were joined by 25,000 others around the world who registered to sing the song.
Co-ordinating the event was Christopher Gray, director of music at Truro Cathedral, as well as Esme Page, founder of Cornwall Hugs.
Mr. Gray said of the event: “It’s always special when we bring people together in a song, but it was especially moving to see technology allowing people around the world to unite on this scale. .
“The song by Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs and the message from Sing2G7 clearly resonated with children from many cultures who face quite different Covid challenges. ”
Ms Page added that the event was “moving” and said: “It was such an encouragement for them to hear personal messages from Gordon Brown and leaders such as the Bishop of Europe and Sophie Daud who recognize clearly the leadership strength that flourishes in this pre-Z generation.
“Let’s see if any of the G7 leaders will take the time to pay tribute to the 25,000 children around the world who have made such an effort.
In addition to Friday’s performance, the Truro Cathedral Choir performed the song again, with another global livestream in front of a sold-out audience at the cathedral on Saturday night.
Sir Tim stayed to chat, sign autographs and meet the children themselves.
The song was also released as a single, with royalties from the choir going to Unicef’s VaccinAid program through Crowdfunder.
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