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Welcome To The World anthem for Tonga and Scotland
6:20am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
CUMBRIAN composer Russell Burbush has written an uplifting celebratory anthem to mark Rugby League World Cup 2013’s arrival in Cumbria, as Tonga play Scotland at Derwent Park, Workington on Tuesday, kick off 8pm.
The four-minute track, entitled Welcome to the World, will be played at the Tonga v Scotland (October 29, 8.00pm) and Scotland v Italy (Sunday November 3, 4.00pm) matches that are being held at Workington before being televised internationally.
The song was commissioned by Allerdale Borough Council as part of the ‘Welcome the World’ celebrations programme and will be performed pre-match by a choir.
“The Rugby League World Cup is within touching distance now and I can’t wait to hear the choir singing a song composed in West Cumbria by Russell and heard right throughout the world,” said Executive Councillor Mark Fryer.
“I would urge anyone who wants to get involved with the games and the cultural programme to get stuck in and just do it.”
Keswick-based Burbush, a musician and composer for both television and theatre, and a director of community arts organisation New Arts North, says he was delighted to get involved.
“The song was written after I visited Derwent Park stadium in Workington. It is a medium-paced song with an anthemic feel,” said Burbush.
“People are being encouraged to listen to the song and share it on social media channels. We want people of all ages to get involved and celebrate a sporting event through a song that they can sing together.”
As part of the wider World Cup programme, Burbush is working with Sarah Wallcook to recruit, train and lead the West Cumbrian Choir. This community choir will perform as part of the pre-match entertainment at Derwent Park on October 29 and November 3, and will sing a selection of songs including the national anthems of Scotland, Tonga and Italy.
Tickets for the Tonga v Scotland RLWC2013 Group C match at Derwent Park, Workington on Tuesday October 29 (8.00pm) are priced from as little as £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions. To purchase your ticket, please either visit www.rlwc2013.com/tickets or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.
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