Singer Tom Grennan surprises shoppers by busking in Coventry

Performance given with thanks to the National Lottery for their investment in the arts

Richard Jenkins
Tuesday 22 October 2019 13:31
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The young singer performed his top hit 'Found What I've Been Looking For'
The young singer performed his top hit 'Found What I've Been Looking For'

Singer Tom Grennan surprised shoppers by busking in the centre of Coventry.

The acoustic performance on Monday in front of the city’s Lady Godiva monument saw the ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ singer treating crowds to a rendition of his top hit, along with other tracks including Praying, Sober and Something In The Water.

He was joined by local dancers from the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network.

It was also supported by the Godiva Academy of Performing Arts, who performed at an event to announce Coventry as the City of Culture 2021 in March this year.

His 17-minute long gig was delivered as a thank you to National Lottery players, who have helped invest over £2.2bn into the performing arts over the last 25 years.

Tom said: “It is great to perform in Coventry, the City of Culture 2021, as part of the National Lottery 25th birthday celebrations.

“The £2.2 billion they have contributed to the performing arts has been instrumental in helping support UK talent and elevating important projects close to our hearts.

“Performing my song Found What I’ve Been Looking For, alongside Coventry’s leading performers, is a perfect way to showcase the variety of different projects that The National Lottery supports across the nation.”

Tom shot to fame last year, seeing out 2018 with a top-five debut album and a sold-out nationwide tour.

He also recently made it into the Guinness World Records Book for performing the highest number of concerts (10) in 12 hours.

The National Lottery has invested in 29,251 projects to help develop a range of performance arts in England, spanning theatre, dance and music.

More than 44,000 theatre, dance and music projects that support the development of the performance arts sector in the UK, have been made possible thanks to National Lottery funding.

Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England, said: “Over the past 25 years National Lottery funds have helped us transform the arts and cultural offer in England.

“Things like investing in new buildings like Nottingham Contemporary and The Lowry in Salford, supporting artists and smaller organisations through National Lottery Project Grants.

“It’s also involved developing programmes like Creative People and Places, targeting areas where people have traditionally been less engaged in the arts.

“We’re very grateful to National Lottery players for helping support arts and culture across the country and look forward to seeing the impact of National Lottery funding over the next 25 years.”

SWNS

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