INVITATION ALL CALDERDALE SCHOOLS
We are inviting ALL SCHOOLS IN CALDERDALE to take part in producing a CHARITY SINGLE!!!
The charity single is called "United We Stand". The song was written and will be produced by Simon Ellis who has been musical director to The Spice Girls, SClub7, West Life, Britney Spears and West Life. We will be using all our networks and contacts to get local and national airplay on the release of the single.
Simon has gifted us the song. He is a nationally renowned music producer who has won both a Brit Award and an Ivor Novello award, producing 4 number one singles and 10 top10 hits.
We hope that the children who participate will find this a fun activity to take part in, but also that they reap wider benefits from the process, which will be fully documented and videoed throughout (Covid permitting). We believe participating in this project will give the children great pride and sense of achievement.
Where Will The Proceeds Go?
The proceeds from this single “United We Stand” will be used by 'What is Drum CIC', new Community Interest Company which will be based at Callis Mill, just outside Hebden Bridge. We will be taking on the lease of Callis Mill, a 700-year-old building, and creating a centre for the arts, where we create inspiring and creative rhythm, music and movement-based projects and workshops for people and communities to thrive. This centre will be a great benefit to our local community, young and old, and in order to maximise the success of our endeavours we are asking that our community assist us in our drive to raise funds. Funds generated will be used to pay for additional equipment and accessibility renovations to areas of the mill, and to subsidise and provide free music and rhythm based workshops for vulnerable groups and those who can’t afford to pay.
What Will The Children Need To Do?
The large majority of the work on the single will be completed by ‘What is Drum CIC’ and Simon Ellis, with the young people singing a 'chant style' chorus. There are also options for more adept musicians to use their creativity to create covers of the song. And opportunities for dancers and other artists to be create their own takes to be involved and raise awareness of the charity single. We are open to ideas.
There is a comprehensive instruction video for those arranging and assisting in this learning of the song, including the key and tempo it should be in.
What we are asking from schools if they can find the time to help get children involved in this project. We understand that, post-covid, time is an even more precious commodity in schools than usual, with a huge amount of academic catching up to do. But one of the main ideologies of ‘What is Drum CIC’ is that group performance and participation can both improve mental health and benefit social cohesion, which is something we all need to practice again after a long year of lockdowns.
We appreciate consent will need to be sought from the children’s parents or guardians. We can send you a form for this or you can use your own.
We are hoping to have every school on Calderdale participate in this venture.
Once we received contributions from participating schools, they will be taken back to the studio and masterfully crafted into a piece of music that the children, the schools and the community of Calderdale can be rightfully proud.
We would be looking to have these contributions in May and are hoping to release the single in June/July
To sign up your school, please contact me on either of the contact details below.