Songbird pupils at Redbridge High School in Liverpool have set their sights on a Christmas number 1 slot!
Releasing their own Christmas song, the specialist school which caters for 120 pupils aged 11 to 19 who have autism, severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties, are looking to top the charts.
The brainchild of Redbridge teacher, Pete Chadwick, who has a musical background, the whole school soon got on board with the exciting initiative. The song was recorded in well-known Elevator Studios in Liverpool where owner Tim Speed offered use of the facilities and resources free of charge.
A group of 10 including 5 pupils and 3 staff recorded the song which is a classic Christmas ballad with two musical friends helping with the recording
Pete Chadwick explained: “At a time of reductions in public sector funding schools are beginning to struggle to provide the same level of resources as they have in the past, particularly so for schools that provide for pupils with complex special educational needs. We wanted to look at a new and different way of raising funds and support for the school and our shared love for music took us down this route.”
The record, entitled Message of Christmas is set to be published by Liverpool based publicists, Ditto, who have waived their usual fees and will place the track onto all of the usual download platforms and is available to purchase from the 1st of December.
Pete continued: “We’ve had so much support for our musical venture and would like to thank everyone involved, particularly Tim at Elevator and Mike Murphy of Ditto. Hope University in the form of talented MA Film Studies student Charlotte Hall made and produced the video to accompany the track and Katy Johnston a music student at BIMM Institute put down great lead vocals. Minimising any expenditure means that we have more chance of raising more essential funds for the school.”
Tim Speed, Director at elevator added: “This is a fantastic and ambitious project by everyone at Redbridge. Were happy to get involved and support them – here’s to hoping they get the number one spot!”
The song is soon/now available to download on iTunes and other download platforms whilst the video can be viewed on Vimeo, YouTube and the school website.
Paul Cronin Headteacher added: “The school is hoping to raise as much money as possible. Last year our after school programme to provide additional activities outside of school hours cost £16,000 alone to run. We do not have the funding any longer to do that so to be able to reintroduce the after school provision would be fantastic. We are also fundraising to enhance the grounds of the school to meet the needs of our pupils with physical disabilities and pupils with autism in particular. The target for the project is £25,000 but we would like to raise much more.”
Paul continued “The whole school community is excited about this project, pupils in particular! We have to be as creative as we can be in order to maintain the rich range of activities and opportunities that we know benefit our pupils so much.”