School pupils in fine voice with original Christmas song
- Credit: Kelsale CEVC Primary School
Youngsters at a Suffolk primary school have put together their own Christmas song.
Students at Kelsale CEVC Primary School have been performing a new Christmas charity single 'I'll find a way to make you smile this Christmas'.
"We did it because we can't do all of the normal things we would do," said headteacher Clare McMeekin.
"We usually try to have a Christmas charity."
Each year the school raises funds from collections at the end of its nativity play as well as other events such as cake sales.
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Due to the pandemic, this wasn't possible and so staff came up with the idea of writing a song to raise funds instead.
The song was written, composed and arranged by school teacher Mr Moss with all the school's children getting involved in the musical number.
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"He spoke to people in the music world about how we could do it and put it together," said Mrs McMeekin.
Mr Moss wrote the song based on the children's reflections on 2020.
A music video for the special song was created and recorded on the school's Christmas Decoration Day.
A special recording studio complete with microphones and headphones was created in a room at the school to give pupils the full experience.
All the vocal performances were recorded separately to ensure pupils could stay in their coronavirus bubbles.
Mr Moss was then able to bring everyone together thanks to the latest technology and a green screen.
Mrs McMeekin said the project had gone down well with parents who had been able to share the video with loved ones .
"Parents have sent it to grandparents and other relatives they aren't going to be able to see," said Mrs McMeekin.
"It can be shared all over the place."
The song has also been even been given airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk.
"A big thank you to Mr Moss," said Mrs McMeekin.
All the funds from the donations will be going to The Pink Orange.
The project provides food kits to families who would usually receive free school meals over the holidays.
"We wanted to raise £200," said Mrs McMeekin.
"So far there's £544."