Music and poetry combine to take a 21st century look at growing older in response to Paul McCartney’s When I’m Sixty-Four.
A celebration of one of the most upbeat Beatles songs, a mass sing-along will be broadcast live on Radio Merseyside from the world heritage Pier Head.
Sixty-Four choirs around Merseyside perform together in a special Beatles tribute at 10.30am on Thursday 8 June.
Choirs at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in supermarkets, in schools and in flash mobs on the streets join together to sing When I’m Sixty-Four as part of Liverpool’s Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations.
Thousands are taking part and one of the biggest gatherings takes place on Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront, when hundreds of people congregate near the statue of the Beatles to perform the track at 10.30am prompt.
Organised by BBC Radio Merseyside in partnership with the Sgt Pepper team, the track is being broadcast live on the station (95.8FM). Those who can’t be there in person are encouraged to take part and are asked to post a video of themselves singing on Radio Merseyside’s Facebook page.
The Poets’ Project
In response to ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’, a special anthology of 13 poems (one for each track on the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album) has been commissioned, with contributions from 13 international poets.
The poets range from those with international reputations (two are T S. Eliot prize winners), to some in the early stages of their careers. They are John Kinsella, Tracy K. Smith, Sinead Morrissey, Yasuhiro Yatsumoto, Owen Sheers, Kim Hyesoon, Don Paterson, Angelica Freitas, Lavinia Greenlaw, Kei Miller, Nikola Madzirov, Ulrike Almut Sandig and Zaffar Kunial.
And of course, no anthology of poems celebrating The Beatles album would be complete without a contribution from Liverpool Poet Roger McGough, who has penned a special response to being 64.