Gee Seven – the title of a song written by Sir Tim Rice (the Patron of Truro Cathedral choir) and prompted by the UK’s hosting of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay this month, is catching on with children round the world.
A video of the song can be heard by clicking here. You will need to scroll only a short way down the website that pops up.
The Sing2G7 project grew out of a vision shared by Chris Gray, the cathedral’s director of music and a chorister parent to ‘put children’s voices at the heart of G7 and make the summit relevant to their young lives’. Mr Gray added: ‘We bounced ideas around getting children’s voices heard at the summit and decided the easiest way to bring people together across different cultures was song.’
Several thousand children have signed up from overseas countries, along with 60-70 Cornish primary schools. The Truro choristers’ dream is to be invited to sing it to the world leaders in person, with choirs from the G7 nations patched in via Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.
The song is described by Mr Gray as ‘an extravagant romp round the number seven throughout history. In most of it, he is setting what the leaders are doing into a cosmic context, with the seven wonders of the ancient world, seven stormy seas – lots of number sevens’.
‘It’s a great way of engaging children: not too heavy for the age group, just a way of bringing them into knowing what the G7 is, so that they ask more questions.’
Nor is it overtly political. The most political it gets, says Mr Gray, is the last verse: Let nation speak to nation / Don’t let the others down / Don’t forget the not so fortunate / Or we’ll run you out of town.
Mr Gray continued: ‘Greta Thunberg is on the video to represent young leadership, but we’re deliberately not using the children to make a statement about climate change. It’s about encouraging them to aspire to leadership and engage with the issues.’