West End star and primary children rewrap ‘Jingle Bells’ for charity
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Ark Globe Academy’s primary choir have provided the backing vocals to ‘Wicked’ cast member Kerry Enright’s recording of Jingle Bells. The choir features on a collection of Christmas carols released by ‘TheInThing’ to help make a difference to children suffering the devastating effects of the Ebola crisis, as well as people experiencing hearing loss across the nation.
Following just two rehearsals the 40 school children aged 7-11 recorded the song at the academy experiencing what it is like to be a professional musician, recording in a studio. The children also learnt sign language to perform whilst singing as Teresa Morini, ‘TheInThing’ bassist and assistant producer is severely hard-of-hearing.
Ruth Masterton, music teacher, Ark Globe Academy, said: ‘It was an amazing experience for our pupils as they had to bring together their talent as individual singers to become one voice for the recording. They worked together and showed patience, resilience and strength and set a brilliant example for the rest of our students.”
Over 50% percent of all proceeds will be donated to charity, equally shared between the Ebola crisis appeal and ‘Action on Hearing Loss.’
Listen to the recording
The single is part of the EP ‘Christmas Rewrapped’ by 'TheInThing'. You can listen to the track and download it for £1 from theinthing.bandcamp.com/track/jingle-bells-feat-kai-gama
'TheInThing' band was founded by family duo Gavin and Emily Holligan and features a handful of the UK's finest musicians and singers. Members of the band have previously performed with musical royalty such as Stevie Wonder, Gloria Gaynor and James Brown, as well as current superstars such as Rihanna and Jessie J.
Teresa (bassist and assistant producer) states ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ is passionate about educating everyone (including musicians and music lovers) about the effects of being exposed to loud music and loud environments in our daily lives. They are striving to raise awareness of the effects of tinnitus - a condition that is growing in the UK. For more information visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
For more information on the Ebola crisis visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/Ebola