Over 130 teenagers at Commonweal School, in Swindon, Wiltshire have created an original music video in order to raise funds for Comic Relief Red Nose Day.
Ali Sutcliffe, head of performing arts, said: “As a school, we do our best to support charity events and offer help to those less fortunate than ourselves and taking part in Comic Relief is a fabulous way of doing this as a whole school project to raise money.
“The idea was the brainchild of an informal chat between Nick Weaver (performing arts technician), Josie Williams (community arts development and press liaison officer) and me where we were discussing the idea of getting a few original songs written within the school.
“With Comic Relief coming up in the diary, it gave us the perfect output for the project and within hours, Nick had written the most fabulous song with an incredibly catchy chorus and heart-felt message”.
Ali then set about selecting various students to sing lines of the song and invited Commonweal Collective to join together to sing the rousing chorus. The recording process took approximately one week with Nick, students and staff nipping in and out of the recording studio when it was available.
The whole track contains over 150 voices including staff and the senior management team and instrumentalists from our C6 Performing Arts course.
A video of the feature track is on the school’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheCommonwealSchool/ and will soon be released on Youtube for all to see and hear. Donations can be made via the Comic Relief link.
The track is also on the school’s charity CD containing all original songs written and performed by staff and students at The Commonweal School. The CD will go on sale shortly for £5 with all profit going to Comic Relief.
“I am so proud to head up such a fantastic Faculty in a school that nurtures and supports young performing artists in a world where so many schools are cutting down Arts provision,” Ali added.
“It’s been brilliant to be involved in the song and the video. I hope we raise lots for Red Nose Day because the song is amazing,” said Kody Bowler, age 11.
“It was fun and lively!” Jessica Lansley, age 12.
“A fantastic opportunity to hopefully raise lots of money for a good cause; great fun with friends!” Emily Ridley, age 12.