To commemorate the centenary of World War I, Sunderland Intergenerational Singers (SinGs) based at The Donnison School Heritage and Education Centre came together with Sunderland Jubilate Choir and The Northern Youth Choir, to record this unique and inspiring song, The Birds. Supported by Janette Hilton of Living History North East, Katherine Lowe of Banyan Arts and recorded at The Bunker in Sunderland, this truly is a creative partnership for Sunderland.

The Birds was written by the gifted and talented young people of The Canny Bunch Theatre group including Arran Bell and Kate Hilton, who were responsible for the music and lyrics of the song.

The arrangement was created by Choir Director Sam Jordan, who was accompanied on piano by young musicians Drew Conley and Anna Defty.





The original  inspiration for this song was the History of Sunderland’s Exchange Building, which was once the home of The Mission to Seaman and in 1914 -18 saw many veterans receive much needed support and comfort  from the people of Sunderland .

“The centenary of the First World War was the ideal opportunity to try and record and release this song. We wanted to support a local veteran’s charity and raise funds for the intergenerational choir and intergenerational work. We are happy to say that we are supporting Sporting Force: The Armed Forces Sports Charity, based in Darlington.

Janette Hilton Living History North East


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