Students From York School Produce Christmas Album.
9:22am 2nd December 2013
(Updated 11:15am 2nd December 2013)
Students from a York School have produced a Christmas album.
Manor CE Academy's "Christmas... as Promised" CD features six original songs written by students and produced in the academy's own recording studio.
"Its released today (Monday, 2 December) and is available to buy from the school's main reception, the iTunes Music Store and other online sources", says Dave Lowe, Subject Leader: Music and Director of Worship.
He adds that "The first track on the album is 'Christmas is Here (Keep Strong)', with both music and lyrics by 14-year-old Isaac Robertson".
"Christmas isn't a happy time for everyone," said Isaac, who also sings the track. "But the message of the song is that it doesn't matter where you are in the world and even if you are suffering floods or war, celebrating Christmas should help take some of the pain away." Isaac's song was a collaboration with his friend Faz Kuudzadombo, who plays drums.
The profits from sales will help fund Manor's mission trip to Alabama in April and other worldwide charities, such as the Jali Youth Centre in Malawi.
Manor musicians will also be performing to supermarket shoppers at weekends in the run-up to Christmas.
Year 8 student Natasha Judge, aged 12, won a school competition to design a front cover for the Christmas CD album.
Mr Dave Lowe, Subject Leader: Music and Director of Worship, organised the production of the CD and is hopeful that Isaac's track could reach the Christmas charts. If enough people get behind Isaac's track, it could easily be a contender for the Christmas singles chart. The song is certainly catchy enough and Isaac's performance will be of great encouragement to others. It is such a privilege to see these young people sharing their music with a wider audience." he said.
"Isaac's song, Christmas is Here (Keep Strong), is also available as a single via SMS code ‘track XMASHERE’ which, when texted to 80818 will cost £1 plus the message cost from any mobile in the UK. These and iTunes downloads are all registered to be counted towards the official UK Top 40 music charts, so you never know!”
Mr Lowe said the CD, which started in the last academic year as a Year 9 music project, was introducing students to the wide range of activities involved in making music, from performing, composing and recording, to album design, sales, marketing and distribution.
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