Enfield singer performs at Paul McCartney’s childhood home

Serena Ittoo lands gig of her life at The Beatles legend’s old gaff

Serena Ittoo performing at the childhood home of Paul McCartney, at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool (credit Paul Harris/National Trust)
Serena Ittoo performing at the childhood home of Paul McCartney; 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool (credit Paul Harris/National Trust)

A singer-songwriter from Enfield has performed at Sir Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool.

Serena Ittoo was unveiled last month as one of four acts chosen to visit, write and perform at 20 Forthlin Road thanks to National Trust, which now cares for the home and wants its story to continue to inspire new generations of creativity.

The charity launched ‘The Forthlin Sessions’, providing new artists a chance to visit, write and perform at the house.

Serena was one of four musicians who brought live music back to the address for the first time in nearly 60 years by performing a newly-written song, inspired by the house. Their historic performances are now available to view via the National Trust’s YouTube channel.

Around 30 of the world’s most famous songs, including Love Me Do, I Saw Her Standing There, Hold Me Tight, I’ll Follow The Sun and When I’m 64 were written and rehearsed at 20 Forthlin Road, which is also known as ‘the birthplace of The Beatles’.

Serena, a recent graduate at the University of Hertfordshire, where she studied song-writing, was chosen by a judging panel which included Paul McCartney’s brother Mike.

Serena performed her song Sound of Hope as part of the Forthlin Sessions, which she described as “an incredible experience” she would “cherish for the rest of my life”.

Serena said: “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be in involved in The Forthlin Sessions. The Forthlin childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney and Mike McCartney holds so much legacy and history and it has truly been an honour to visit the home and perform my original song inspired by its wondrous aura and heart-warming atmosphere.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to National Trust for supporting this project and for allowing artists such as myself to experience such an amazing opportunity. The Forthlin home is an ordinary house on an ordinary street cared for by extraordinary people, yet it is a home filled with so much love and hope. Anything can happen if you continue to believe and work hard towards achieving your dreams.”

Celia Richardson from National Trust, who was part of the judging panel, said: “The creativity that came out of 20 Forthlin Road has made such a huge impact on people’s lives over the years.

“Bringing music back to Forthlin Road, through The Forthlin Sessions shows how the stories of the places we care for can keep inspiring creativity among new generations. We can’t wait to see how these new talented acts get on.”

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