Kate Bush Praises Brisbane Choir’s ‘Absolutely Wonderful’ Running Up That Hill Cover | Kate Bush

Brisbane Pub Choir founder and leader Astrid Jorgensen is used to getting fan mail about covers of hits by the mass amateur choir – but when she was told on Thursday that Kate Bush had emailed about her rendition of Running Up That Hill had sent, she had to call them tomorrow, walk a little and drive straight home.

“My manager called me and said you have to go home, Kate Bush emailed. I ran straight back — I literally ran up the hill,” she laughs.

“Dear Brisbane Pub Choir,” the message began. “I’ve been so busy I’ve only just had a chance to watch you all sing RUTH. It’s absolutely, absolutely wonderful! i love it so much! Thank you all. You sing it really beautifully. I am incredibly touched by your warmth and all your smiling faces. Many Thanks!”

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

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

Pub Choir, an amateur community choir that operates under the motto that anyone can sing (especially after a pint or two), performed in Brisbane two weeks ago with Running Up That Hill. About 1,600 people gathered to sing the #1 hit, which is back on music charts around the world thanks to its performance in the final season of Stranger Things.

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Jorgensen and her team had previously submitted a licensing request to Bush’s publishers to cover the song, and “the answer we got was something like, ‘Good luck – we’ll ask, but maybe plan another song.’ ”

Bush gave permission ten days before the show. “Even that was a huge deal, the idea she approved.” And on Thursday, her publishers came back to carry Bush’s message.

Jorgensen, who arranges Pub Choir’s music, can sometimes “feel a little cursed by the songs we cover because I had to think about them so much that I don’t want to hear them for a while. But I just loved Running Up That Hill more and more, every time I delved it’s so complex and unique. So it’s very, very cool to have their permission first and then confirmation that we did well.

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“I don’t think the younger generation ironically embraces their music – they really love it. That’s what’s kept them in people’s lives all along, 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 challenging night but the crowd did a great job – they always do.”

Jorgensen hoped everyone who showed up that night saw the email. “It’s a very good day and it’s pretty cool for everyone who comes by — they often have these real, average voices and they get this big quirk from the artists themselves. That’s the point of the show: anyone can make music.”

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