Kate Bush praises ‘utterly wonderful’ cover of Brisbane Choir Running Up That Hill | Kate Bush

Brisbane’s Pub Choir founder and director Astrid Jorgensen is used to receiving messages from fans about cover versions of hit songs from the mass amateur choir – but when told on Thursday that Kate Bush had sent an email e-mail about their rendition of Running Up That Hill, she had to call it short in the morning and go straight home.

“My manager called me and said, you have to go home,” Kate Bush emailed. I ran straight – I was literally running up that hill,” she laughs.

“Dear Brisbane Pub Choir,” the message began. “I’ve been so busy I just got to see you all sing RUTH. It is absolutely, absolutely wonderful! I love him so much! Thank you everyone. You sing it really beautifully. I am incredibly touched by your warmth and all of your smiling faces. Thanks!”

It was signed: “With much love, Kate.”

“It’s so wild,” says Jorgensen. “She’s the biggest artist in the world right now, so to have her say she was moved by our performance, yeah, that’s a high.”

Pub Choir, a community amateur choir that operates on the philosophy that anyone can sing (especially after a pint or two), played Running Up That Hill two weeks ago in Brisbane. Some 1,600 people gathered to sing the number one hit, which is back on music charts around the world thanks to its appearance in the final season of Stranger Things.

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Jorgensen and his team had applied to Bush’s publishers for a license some time ago to cover the song, and “the response we got was something like, ‘Good luck – we’ll ask, but maybe plan you a different song.”

Ten days before the show, Bush gave his permission. “Even it was a huge deal, the idea she approved.” And on Thursday, his editors got back in touch to deliver Bush’s message.

Jorgensen, who arranges the music performed by Pub Choir, can sometimes “feel a little cursed by the songs we cover, because I must have thought about it so much that I don’t want to hear it for a while. But I’ve come to love Running Up That Hill more and more, every time I dug it’s so intricate and unique. So it’s very, very cool to have his permission to start with, and then validation that we’ve done well.

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“I don’t think the younger generation embraces his music ironically – they really like it. That’s what’s kept her in people’s lives all this time anyway, that really weird, ethereal, beautiful quality. Running Up That Hill is a bit more complex and layered than the average pub rock song we usually do. It was a tough night, but the audience did an amazing job – they still do.

Jorgensen hoped everyone who showed up that night would see the email. “It’s a really good day, and pretty cool for everyone that comes in – they often have these real, mean vocals and they get this big tick from the artist themselves. That’s the point of the show: everyone everyone can make music.

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