On Wednesday evening the Berners Street basement was transformed into a gallery and played host to members, staff, press and guests for the launch of Art of the Song. To raise money for charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust PRS for Music had approached some of its most high profile songwriters and composers and asked them to put pen to paper to transcribe their compositions or lyrics to some of our best loved music. All pieces are to be auctioned off with Bonhams in London on the December 15 contributing much needed funds.
A huge effort to encourage our members to work with us on this project has resulted in pieces being donated by some of the biggest names in British Music. Sir Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics of Why Don’t We Do It In The Road on a napkin, Sting penned Message in a Bottle and Chris Rea donated the original lyrics written for Road to Hell famously penned on the M25. Contributions were received from Paul Weller, Jim Kerr, Sir Tim Rice, Julian Lennon, Annie Lennox, Barry Mason, Rod Temperton, The Stranglers, Duran Duran, Doug Flett, Status Quo, Gary Barlow, Jethro Tull, Pet Shop Boys, Don Black, The cure, Craig David, Graham Gouldman, Mark Knopfler, Stephen Warbeck and Eric Clapton.
Performing at the event was Royalty Rulez, a songwriter helped by the work of TCT, rising stars and former Almost Famous performers Stars & Sons as well as Delilah writer and auction contributor Barry Mason. Ellis Rich hosted the evening and managed to get most of the song lyrics that had been donated into his speech. A sterling effort from all involved and we hope to report back a large total raised, following the auction in December.
Pictured top: L-R Barry Mason, Ellis Rich, TCT founders Dr Adrian Whiteson OBE, and Myrna Whiteson MBE
Pictured above right: Stars and Sons rock the house!
Pictured above left: Barry Mason with his hand-written Delilah lyrics