A Christmas song has been commissioned by Cause UK for the Malton Dickensian Festival and a call has gone out for local people to take part in a recording.
The Song for Malton inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol will be performed live at the festival on December 18 by the Malton Male Voice Choir and the town’s Harmonia Choir.
But this Saturday (21st November) a music video and professional recording will be made in St Peter’s Church, Norton, with Philippa Hanna, the UK’s number one Gospel singer.
Clair Challenor-Chadwick, MD of Cause UK is also a Director and Trustee of the Malton Dickensian Festival, ” we are calling for members of the community to be ‘extras’ in the music video and dress in Christmas jumpers, hats and scarfs.”
And choirs and solo singers are invited to learn the song and take part in the recording.
Philippa, who is currently at number 1 in the UK iTunes Christian and Gospel charts with her single Even Now, said: “I am delighted to sing for this recording of the Song for Malton, which will be a legacy not only for the town, but far and wide. A Christmas Carol is much loved for spreading the spirit of Christmas and a message of how to live a good life. With a catchy tune and brilliant lyrics, I have high hopes this song will become a Christmas classic.”
Philippa performs over 150 dates a year. She has supported Collabro, Lionel Richie and Wet Wet Wet on their UK arena tours and headlines her own concerts. Her third studio album, the country-influenced Through the Woods, gained critical acclaim and five-star reviews. Her songs have campaigned for self-esteem in young people and she supports children’s charity Compassion.
Malton Dickensian Festival hopes Song for Malton will inspire composers, community groups and choirs to write their own songs for an annual Christmas Carol writing competition starting in 2016.
Those wishing to take part in the recording and video are asked to arrive at St Peter’s Church, Norton, Malton by 11am this Saturday, November 21. The lyrics and score and a recording of the tune can be found at www.maltondickensianfestival.com