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3rd July 2017

Hull College students past and present are set to a record charity single of the Steve Harley hit for the Mick Ronson Charity, in just 1 day!

The Hull College Music School has a long history of nurturing musicians, singers and bands, and providing the city with a large percentage of its musical talent. Many of the college’s alumni and current students perform in the bands that fill the stages of the region’s largest festivals, with this year’s Humber Street Sesh being the perfect example.

This provision has now been recognised with the award of a prestigious and generous funding scheme from the Mick Ronson Foundation (MRF), and to celebrate this, an epic musical event will take place.

The MRF, a charity established by Mick’s daughter Lisa, famed songwriter Steve Harley and local promoter Gary Marks is working in partnership with Tutors Craig Steer and Patrick Gradwell at Hull College to offer financial backing to local musicians in need of initial investment, in the form of annual bursaries.

On July 5, Hull College Music will record, produce and release a charity single of Steve Harley’s hit “Make me Smile” in just 24 hours. The single has been personally endorsed by Steve Harley himself who has given the college full rights to use and release the song.

In association with Humber Street Sesh, the musicians recording the single are all members of the bands set to feature on the HSS main stage and all former or current Hull College students. The musicians together with members of Hull College staff in the Horncastle building to film and record the song “Band Aid” style. All proceeds from the song will be allocated to the Mick Ronson Foundation.

Some of the bands set to feature on the single include The Talks, The Holy Orders, La Bete Blooms, Fire (TUF), The Mighty and the Moon and Of Allies.

The bands will also be backed by a choir made up of Hull College staff as well as many students from non-music courses who wanted to be involved.

Pat Gradwell said ‘The bursary is a fantastic opportunity; many of our students have real talent but lack the backing to move forward in their careers. The Mick Ronson Foundation bursaries will bridge that gap through the support of new equipment, training and production costs. We are very excited to work with the MRF to support Hulls next generation of musicians’.

Hull has a fantastically rich history of popular music. From David Whitfield‘s million selling records in the 1950s to the recent international success of Callum Scott, the city has nurtured a terrific array of musical talent. None more than Mick Ronson, legendary guitarist, producer and arranger  whose glittering career included David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars band, the recording of Lou Reed’s Transformer album and  work with Bob Dylan on Hard Rain. Recently Hull has paid tribute to Ronson with memorials in East Park and with concerts held at Hull City Hall. And now his legacy will help to support young talented musicians in the Hull region through the collaboration of the Mick Ronson Foundation and Hull College Music.

The Hull College Music Pop-Up Studio marquee at Humber Street Sesh will be screening a film of the event for people to see what went on during the recording of Make Me Smile 2017 and for details on how to download the track on iTunes.