Redbridge School Christmas Song


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.”



Ditto Music’s Record label in a Box

Elevator based Ditto Music is celebrating far reaching success on the first year anniversary of its latest musical product, ‘Record Label in a Box’.

With hundreds of unsigned acts buying the ready made music publishing package, the success of Record Label in a Box (RLIAB) supports Ditto’s continued international growth and international expansion.

Record Label In A Box is described as the entire infrastructure to start and run a record label as a business.  Matt Parsons, director at Ditto explained: ‘We help you start your music career and stick around to help at every step.  Start your business within 24 hours, then quickly and easily sign artists with no legal fees. Onward you get mentoring, funding and contacts assistance, events to attend – everything you need to succeed in creative industries.’

Launched in 2010 by brothers Matt and Lee Parsons, the music publishers relocated from Birmingham to Liverpool, citing the lack of musical inspiration in their home city and the excessive costs of London living as prohibitive, visiting Liverpool during Sound City and making the move soon after. With two staff on board, Ditto took on small offices initially within Elevator Studios and have continued to expand in the past six years, relocating within the grade 2 listed warehouse where they now employ 18 people.

Matt added: “Being in the Baltic area is a brilliant for our business, working around like minded creative business, many of whom we have collaborated with. It’s been great to see the area grow and thrive and Elevator sits at the heart of everything that’s happening here. We’ve moved around the building as our needs have changed, and we can see more growth ahead so we’ll pack our bags and take the journey up or down a floor again!”

Ditto now have offices across the world including Nashville, San Diego ad Texas as well as Melbourne and London. Each office provide label services now so we have in-house radio pluggers, PR, social media team, allowing them to take on bigger clients.

Tim Speed, director at Elevator commented: “Ditto are a great part of the Elevator community  and are incredibly representative of what the building is about. Housing and supporting creative brands and businesses is what Elevator do and we are very proud of what Ditto have achieved in such a short time . Their journey has been pretty inspiring and they continue to innovate and take risks as was the case with Record Label in a Box.”

Ditto have published music for 85,000 bands worldwide and launched over 17,500 record labels. Media interest is gathering momentum with The Times, off the back of reviewing the company, set up their own label and have released music. Matt added: “Our growth has been incredibly holistic and natural and we’ve diversified when we’ve seen opportunities. We love what we do and that certainly helps!”