Kate Bush was so thrilled to have an Australian choir perform a cover of her song ‘Running Up That Hill’ that she sent them a personal thank you.
Astrid Jorgensen, the founder and leader of Brisbane’s Pub Choir, has considered getting an email direct from the notoriously elusive Kate Bush after the group covered their 1985 hit.
Jorgensen was on the run at the time, and she ran home as soon as she heard the news.
“My manager called me and said you have to go home, Kate Bush emailed me,” she said The guard. “I ran right back — I literally ran up that hill.”
The message read: “Dear Brisbane Pub Choir. I’ve been so busy that 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.”
Jorgensen described the situation as “so wild,” adding, “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.”
The pub choir’s performance drew 1,600 people to sing the song, which has recently had a resurgence after being featured in the final season of stranger things.
Following the show’s release on Netflix, “Running Up That Hill” broke numerous records by topping the UK charts almost 37 years after its release.
In a post titled “Still up on that Hill” shared on her website on July 3, Bush celebrated that her song had a “surreal” third straight week at No. 1.
“I was so delighted that the Duffer Brothers wanted to use ‘RUTH’ for Max’s totem, but now that I’ve watched the entirety of the last series, I’m deeply honored that the song was chosen to be a part of their roller coaster ride be,” she said.
You can read The Independent‘s spoiler-free review of stranger things Season four volume two here.
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