Unsung Heroes

Celebrating the local people who have made a difference in their communities...

Unsung Heroes was an exciting multi-partner music and digital arts project, developed by Queen’s Hall for the Future Arts Centres National programme.

In 2020 during lockdown, North East musician Bridie Jackson worked with local communities to collect stories about the everyday people who inspire and later wrote songs celebrating the nominated heroes.

“Unsung Heroes honours those who perhaps have not always had the recognition they deserve in our society. I feel very honoured to have been trusted with this project, telling other people’s stories through songs.”

Bridie Jackson, songwriter and musician

The songs celebrated a range of people including Northumberland musician Kathryn Davidson, local volunteers and community workers including Russ Greig, Joyce Watts, Stephen Hope, Rosie Robson, Rosie Gilchrist, Jean Day and Nancy Potts. The shop workers of Stocksfield also received a nomination as did LGBT+ activist and author Casper Baldwin and Vita Collins, coordinator of the Cumbrian branch of the crafting charity, LINUS.

An amazing line-up of local musicians then recorded their own bespoke arrangement of one of these songs, including Kate Gessey, Carol and Gary Bowden, Aukestra with Lesley Roley, Leon Fussell and Ian Brown.

In July 2022, a special event with live performances of the songs launched the Unsung Heroes augmented reality artwork created by artists Kristin and Davy McGuire, with many of the local heroes in the audience...

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